Sandgren took home the Oscar for Best Cinematography at the 2017 Academy Awards gala in Los Angeles on Sunday night, for his work on Damien Chazelle's newest blockbuster 'La La Land'.
“Wow. Wow. Thank you so much, the Academy, this is such an amazing honour. This film was made with so much love and passion and struggles and it was all thanks to you, Damien. You're a poetic genius. And I'm so happy I met you and I really love you, man,” he said in his acceptance speech.
The 44-year-old, who was born in Stockholm, went on to thank lead actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the producers and the entire crew, before thanking his wife and daughters in Swedish.
“Ceclia, Betty and Lucy… älskar er. Ni är mitt allt (love you, you're my everything).”
Clearly emotional, he then switched back to English to thank his mother and father.
As he walked off stage, host Jimmy Kimmel could not resist referring to comments by President Donald Trump last week about “what's happening in Sweden” on a night when not very much happened at all.
“Linus, on behalf of all of us, we just want to say we're so sorry about what happened in Sweden last week,” joked Kimmel. “Hope your friends are okay.”
This is the first time in 34 years a Swede takes home an Oscar for Best Cinematography. Sven Nyqvist won the category both in 1983 ('Fanny and Alexander') and 1972 ('Cries and Whispers').
'A Man Called Ove', which was nominated in the Best Foreign Film and Best Makeup categories, lost out on an award to 'The Salesman' and 'Suicide Squad'. Producers Max Martin and Shellback also failed to claim the Oscar in the Best Original Song category, beaten by 'La La Land'.
The biggest scandal of the evening was when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway wrongly announced 'La La Land' as the winner of the most prestigious award of the night, Best Picture. The actual winner was 'Moonlight', which was only revealed after the 'La La Land' crew had already gone on stage to accept their awards.
La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz reveals the actual winner was Moonlight. Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP