03 Feb VMP’S OSCARS BLOG – THE AUSSIES WHO MADE IT TO HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST PARTY
These Australians Are Making It In Hollywood and The Oscars!
Ah, Awards season – the glitz! The Glamour! It’s all very exciting! With the Golden Globes and SAG Awards already completed for the year, we’re left with the biggest and brightest event on the Hollywood calendar – the Oscars. Now, if you’re anything like us, you love seeing filmmakers and actors get recognised for all of the hard work and dedication they have put into their craft over the last year, and let’s face it, the line-up of films this time round has been exceptional. La La Land has all but swept every awards show so far, with a whopping seven wins at the Golden Globes! That’s an industry record previously set by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Midnight Express (1978) who both won six awards at the Golden Globes. Other more socially charged films such as Moonlight and Hidden Figures are getting the praise they well deserve, and Sci Fi film Arrival has topped the list in many different categories including Best Picture and Best Production Design.
But this isn’t about the Golden Globes, this is about The Oscars, and more specifically – The exceptionally talented Australian’s who have been nominated this year.
So, let’s start with the big hitter, Nicole Kidman. Nicole is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the film Lion. Lion itself has been received exceptionally well all over the world, as it tells the story of an adopted Indian/Australian boy trying to track down the Indian family he became separated from before being adopted in Australia. Nicole’s performance in Lion is amazing. It is emotionally charged and is honestly one of the best roles she’s ever played, so it certainly deserves the Oscars nod. This is her first nomination since 2011 with the film Rabbit Hole, and may be her first win since 2003 for The Hours.
Staying with the film Lion, Emile Sherman and Angie Fielder are celebrating a nomination for Best Picture. Emile Sherman is a well-respected and renowned Australian Producer, who has credits such as Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) and The King’s Speech (2011). His last Oscar win was for The King’s Speech, so hopefully he can bring it home again this year. Angie Fielder is celebrating her first nomination as Producer, and has recently returned from Sundance Film Festival to promote her new film Berlin Syndrome. She lives and works in Los Angeles, and is currently working on a new TV series– so hopefully she has a bit of time to party on at the Oscars!
Finally, Greig Fraser has been nominated for Best Cinematography for his work on Lion. Greig has worked on so many big films, including the blockbuster Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). He has previous been a part of an Oscar winning team for Zero Dark Thirty, which won Best Sound Editing and was nominated for Best Picture back in 2013.
Nicole Kidman in Lion (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge is another Australian film which has taken the world by storm. The story follows a US Marines Medic who saved the lives of over 70 wounded soldiers on the Hacksaw Ridge battlefield in World War II. Mel Gibson is up for Best Director for his first film since 2006, and has created an emotional, and gripping film that explores the horrors of war. Andrew Garfield stars in the film, and has been nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Hacksaw Ridge has also seen a large majority of the Sound Recording and Designing team nominated for an Oscar. Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace are all Australian’s who have been noticed by the Academy. Andy Wright has worked on many different Australian films such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Lantana and Red Dog. Peter Grace is known for his work on the animated children’s film Happy Feet and Robert Mackenzie has made a name for himself by designing and mixing many different films and television shows such as Animal Kingdom and Redfern Now.
Mel Gibson directing on the set of Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Bentley Dean & Martin Butler
Finally, Australians Bentley Dean and Martin Butler have been nominated for Best Picture in the Foreign Language category for their work on Tanna. Shot in the remote wilderness of Vanuatu, the duo used local actors and produced the film in the native languages of Navhal and Nafe. Tanna is set on a remote pacific island, and tells the story of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and a pact between the old ways and the new. The film has been received with acclaim all over the world and has a very good chance of bringing home the golden statue for Australia.
Tanna Movie (2016)
So finally, we send a big congratulations to all of the Australians nominated for awards at this year’s Oscars. We are so lucky to have such talented and dedicated filmmakers in this country, and we cannot wait to see how these fantastic films are received at the Oscars ceremony this year.
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