Sydney, 2022-03-27 19:36:00. Oscars: Canadians take awards home
The Canadians put in a strong showing at the Oscars Sunday night, with director Ben Broadfoot and production designer Patrice Vermet taking the early win.
Proudfoot of Halifax earned a Best Documentary Short Film award with his “Queen of Basketball” about Lucy Harris, the only woman to have been drafted by the NBA.
“It proves that the Lucy Harris story, after 45 years of being ignored, really means something profound to America and the world,” Broadfoot, who was previously nominated in 2021 for “Concerto Is A Conversation,” told Canadian Press when accessed by text in bash. .
“From a quiet town in Mississippi to the world stage, basketball queen Lucy Harris has always belonged at the top and will always be on top. Her record will never be shattered.”
Meanwhile, Vermette won Best Production Design for Montreal director Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune”, which received the second-most number of nominations with 10 nominations. The film won four in pre-airing.
Sharing his win with Hungarian interior designer Zuzana Sibos, he was previously nominated for the 2010 Young Victoria Award and the 2017 film Arrival, also directed by Villeneuve.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the early wins on Twitter, but footage of presentations and acceptance speeches was captured for an edited version that aired later Sunday as part of the ABC/CTV live broadcast.
The new format saw early awards in eight categories, half of which included Canadians: Documentary Short, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design, Short Animation, Short Live Action, and Sound.
Simu Liu, one of three Canadians set to star on TV as well as Elliot Page and Shawn Mendes, shined in red on the red carpet, while “Dune” stars Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet wowed fans with their looks—she’s in a silk half-shirt and a matching silver skirt, He’s wearing a shirtless Louis Vuitton shirt.
Canadians chasing Oscars in the live event included Villeneuve, who had Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture for “Dion.”
Montreal-based producer Roger Frapper was also poised for Best Picture along with director Jane Campion and the cast of The Power of the Dog, which overall had 12 nominations.
The top race also featured Toronto producer J. Miles Dale as part of the team behind “Nightmare Alley” along with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro and actor/producer Bradley Cooper. Luis Squeira from Toronto was the best costume designer.
Other Canadian contenders to lose out on pre-TV include Tamara Deverell of Saskatoon and Shane View of Halifax, who co-nominated for Best Production Design in “Nightmare Alley” and “Dune” makeup artist Donald Mowat of Montreal. The National Film Council Canadian/British National Film Board’s “Art Matters” co-production lost in the Animated Shorts category.
In a statement released in the days leading up to the show, NFB had strong words for the change, predicting that it would “further marginalize short films, which are already struggling to find large audiences.”
The academy said the change was intended to keep the three-hour broadcast “more compact and efficient” for viewers, but it was met with fierce criticism from many in the film community, including Proudfoot who said the move “degrades some categories”.
Proudfoot faced off against Toronto producer Jeff McClain in the Documentary Shorts category.
This report was first published by The Canadian Press on March 27, 2022.
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