Oscar’s golden light reached Hollywood North on Monday, with a trio of Vancouver filmmakers receiving nods as Academy Award nominations were revealed in Los Angeles.
Vancouver-born production designer Dennis Gassner, who won an Oscar in 1992 for Bugsy, earned his seventh best-production-design nomination for his work on director Sam Mendes’s British war epic 1917.
Gassner, who was last nominated in 2018 for Blade Runner 2049, shares the nomination with set decorator Lee Sandales.
Meanwhile, Bron Studios, the Vancouver production company headed by husband and wife Aaron and Brenda Gilbert, should prepare for a generous haul of statuettes on Oscar night, Feb. 9, after receiving a total of 14 nominations for two of its films — Joker and Bombshell.
Joker, which was partly financed by Bron, earned 11 nods including best picture; best director, Todd Phillips; and best actor, Joaquin Phoenix. The controversial Warner Bros. movie, an origin story of the titular DC Comics villain, earned more than US$1 billion at the global box office.
Bombshell, a biographical account of the sexual harassment allegations levelled against the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, is up for three awards — including a best-actress nod for Charlize Theron and best-supporting-actress nomination for Margot Robbie.
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