Dune Movie Oscar Wins – The Hollywood Reporter
Dunes harnessed the power of the Oscars on Sunday night. The sci-fi adaptation from Legendary and Warner Bros. won six Oscars, winning awards in cinematography, editing, score, visual effects, production design and sound.
Cinematographer Craig Fraser won his first Oscar in a busy year that also saw him unveil his work on The Batman and get ready to film Dune: part two. Backstage, he told the press that he had recently read a draft of the sequel, which is due out next year: “Second part is a bigger story. I read the script, and I was more blown away than part one.”
Hans Zimmer was not present at the ceremony to collect his original score statue, but his victory marked a return to Oscar glory after his last victory for The Lion King in 1995.
As expected, Dunes won the Oscar for its visual effects. The winning team included VFX production supervisor Paul Lambert, who had previously won Oscars for first man and 2049 Blade Runner; special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer, who also won an Oscar for Blade Runner 2049; and Tristan Myles, visual effects supervisor at the Vancouver studio of leading visual effects house DNEG, and Brian Connor, VFS supervisor at DNEG Montreal, for the first time at the Oscars.
IIn a controversial move, this year’s Oscars featured eight categories an hour before the official broadcast, with the speeches then incorporated into the show. Dunes won several statues during this pre-show hour, with the director Denis Villeneuve and stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya sat in the audience to watch their film win the first of these Oscars.
The Best Sound Oscar went to DunesSupervising sound editors Mark Mangini and Theo Green, re-recording mixers Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett, and production sound mixer Mac Ruth. This was the second Oscar nomination and sixth nomination for Mangini, who had previously won for Mad Max: Fury Road; and the second Oscar and tenth nomination for Hemphill, who had already won for The Last of the Mohicans. It was the first win and third nomination for Bartlett, the first win and second nomination for Green, and the first win and fourth nomination for Ruth.
In the press room, the sound team saved most of their praise for Villeneuve. “Doing this for Denis means so much to me. He’s such a wonderful human and one of the best filmmakers I’ve ever worked with,” Bartlett said. Green admitted he was ‘confused when Denis wasn’t nominated for directing’ and ‘seeing the sweep Dunes tonight makes me very proud.
Mangini noted that Villeneuve has an “avant-garde” approach to sound, involving the team early in its production process. “He asked us to design the sounds early on, so they could inform the editing and visual effects. We are much more proactive.
Editor Joe Walker also picked up his award during the hour before the show, telling the crowd a story about his daughter. “In the hands of a talented 17-year-old, the words ‘Oscar nominee’ can be used as an insult. In the middle of an argument, my daughter once said to me, “Well, it’s fine with you, Oscar nominee Joe Walker.” So, thanks Academy for this update – I need all the help I can get. Nell, Rose, Anoushka, I love you with all my heart! Thank you Mary Parent, Legendary, Warner, thank you to my team, especially Denis: Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
Patrice Vermette and Zsuzsanna Sipos were honored for production design and are also expected to return for Dune, part twoas well as Fraser, Walker and the heads of the VFX and sound departments.
Dunes entered the night with ten nominations, losing only in Best Picture, Makeup & Hair, Costume Design, and Adapted Screenplay. The film, featuring a top-notch cast that also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac and more, didn’t go overnight with any acting nominations.
Dunes was considered a long-shot for best picture, but in a year dominated by smaller projects and streaming services, Villeneuve’s film represented the biggest box office success in that category. In past years, successes such as Titanicthe the Lord of the Rings movies, Avatar and Mad Max: Fury Road he could be counted on to provide the general public with a reason to tune in to the Oscars. But a year after the lowest-rated Oscars telecast, Dunes was the only Best Picture nominee that was a bona fide hit, grossing $400 million worldwide. West Side Storywhich has the second-biggest box office in the category, grossed $75 million worldwide.