Oscars 2022: Dune, Zack Snyder, Encanto win big

Dunes blew through this year’s Oscars like a mighty sandstorm Arrakis with six major wins – most of the night.

The big-screen adaptation of the seminal sci-fi novel written by Frank Herbert bagged golden statues for its cinematography (Greig Fraser), editing (Joe Walker), music (Hans Zimmer, who didn’t win an ‘Oscar since 1994 The Lion King), production design (Patrice Vermette and Zsuzsanna Sipos), sound (Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett) and visual effects (Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer).

Curiously, this isn’t the first epic source translation to be nominated for an Oscar. Despite negative reviews at the time, David Lynch’s cinematic translation of the dense 1984 novel managed to score a wink. for the best soundalthough he did not end up winning the award.

“This man is the most humble and talented person I have met in my entire life,” Fraser said. said by director Denis Villeneuve shortly after his victory. “[He] is a man who trusts his collaborators, feels that he has the good instinct to pursue such an achievement. Dune is a difficult story to tell… Denis is the man. Every article or anything written on Dunes must begin with the words ‘Denis Villeneuve.'”

The cinematographer, whose work also includes A thug and The Batmansaid something similar during an exclusive phone call with SYFY WIRE in 2020.”[Denis] is one of the best work directors on the planet with some of the best IP on the planet,” Fraser told us. “The idea of ​​making science fiction [movie] in and of itself wasn’t the interesting part, it was about doing something that I knew Denis would knock out of the park and that I could absolutely help knock him out of the park.”

Dunes — which will get a sequel (an adaptation of the second half of the very large source material) next fall — lost awards for costume design, makeup and hair, adapted screenplay, and even best picture. Apples CODA ended up taking home the top honor of the night, making it the first streamer-produced title to win Best Picture. in Oscar history.

Although not up for any of the usual awards, Zack Snyder’s recent films have won a pair of newly baptized honors vote by Twitter users. The new system was implemented to allow the general public to have a say in the traditionally exclusive ceremony. army of the deadfor example, was crowned fan favorite movie of 2021 (beating blockbuster behemoths like Spider-Man: No Coming Home), while the “Speed ​​​​Force” scene in the 4-hour director’s cut Justice League became the best #OscarsCheerMoment.

“Literally the best fans ever!!!” Snyder wrote on his Vero page.

by Disney Encanto managed to claim victory in the Best Animated Feature category (mastering Lucas, Raya and the last dragon, To run awayand The Mitchells vs. the Machines), but lost Best Original Song to no time to die (marking the first Oscar win for Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell). Daniel Craig’s latest outing as 007 was also up for Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. Spider-Man: No Coming Home, Shang Chiand the Legend of the Ten Ringsand free guy also lost honor VFX.

Another Mouse House production, Cruelsuitably stitched the win for Best Costume Design (Jenny Beavan).

Click here for the full list of this year’s Oscar winners.

Kimberly B. Nguyen