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Oscars: Wally Pfister is thrilled with Academy Award, but not about 3-D

When "Inception" cinematographer Wally Pfister beat out his "True Grit" counterpart and category favorite Roger Deakins on Sunday at the Academy Awards, he seemed as surprised as anyone in Kodak Theatre.

When Pfister came backstage after winning his Oscar, one of the first questions he was asked was the standard: "How do you feel?"

"I'd like to ask the question: Is there any reporter in the room that hasn't said, 'How do you feel?' " he smiled. "I'm just [messing] with you. I'm blown away. This is un ...  believable. I walked out there, and it's the most surreal moment in your life. And to get this, you kind of go, 'What do I do now?' "

Asked what he was planning to do next, Pfister said he hadn't decided on any plans to move from cinematography to directing. And if he were to helm a film, it wouldn't be in 3-D.

"I'm personally not a big 3-D fan," he admitted. "It doesn't really work for me. I don't like the glasses. I don't like the dark image through there. It feels a little gimmicky to me. That's my own personal preference."

--Amy Kaufman


Photo: Wally Pfister accepts his Oscar for 'Inception.' Credit Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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