Avatar: The Road of Water — which this week crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office and is now the sixth-highest-grossing film in history — has earned Best Picture Oscar nominations this morning, as well as nominations for product design. output, sound and visual effects.
But James Cameron, who has now directed three of his six highest-grossing films ever — his 2009 Avatar topped that chart — was eliminated in the directing competition for his breakout film for the 2023 Oscar nomination. (The film also missed out on an editorial nomination; Cameron edited the film, alongside Stephen Rivkin. , John Refoua and the late David Brenner, who passed away in early 2022).
In this year’s competition for Best Picture, Cameron and producer Jon Landau (together winning Best Picture for Titanicfor which Cameron also won a director’s cup) was nominated along with the producers of Totally Quiet Western Front, Inisherin’s Banshees, Elvis, Everything Anywhere at Once, The Fabelmans, Tar, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness and Talking Women.
Cameron’s 2009 Original Avatar earned nine Academy Award nominations and won three for cinematography, art direction (now production design), and visual effects. It was also nominated for best photography, directing, film editing, sound editing, mixing, and music (the late James Horner). by Kathryn Bigelow The locker is damaged won the top awards for best picture and director that year.
It seems a foregone conclusion that water path will win an Oscar in VFX. The innovative work, which involves capturing underwater performance among its innovations, was led by senior VFX supervisor Joe Letteri of top VFX house Weta FX, a four-time Academy Award winner. in this category. The fifth VFX Academy Awards will make him the second most winning VFX professional, a record he will share with the late Ken Ralston and Gordon Jennings. Dennis Muren holds the record with eight category wins.
Also nominated for VFX is Richard Baneham, who also won a VFX Academy Award for the original. Avatar; Weta’s Eric Saindon (who has two previous nominations) and Weta’s Daniel Barrett (who has three previous nominations).
Between water pathNominated sound, sound editing supervisor and recorded mixing Christopher Boyes has won four Academy Awards, including one for Titanic (he was also nominated for Avatar). Also nominated is four-time Academy Award-winning harmonist Gary Summers (who was also nominated for Avatar), supervising sound editor Gwendolyn Yates Whittle (this is her third Oscar nomination), two-time Academy Award winner Michael Hedges mixing, and mixing producer Julian Howarth.
This is the first Academy Award nomination for the production design team that includes Dylan Cole, Ben Procter and Vanessa Cole.