Though it lost Best Picture, “1917,” Sam Mendes’ single-shot, World War I extravaganza, was rewarded with the most crafts Oscars Sunday night. For its technical virtuosity it received three awards, powered by cinematographer Roger Deakins’ second win for his brilliant camera choreography.
Deakins was joined by the sound mixing team of Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
for their intricate soundscape as part of the continuous-shot narrative, and, surprisingly, Mpc Film (the dark horse winner) for VFX
. Ironically, though, Mpc
’s win overshadowed its own innovative virtual production and photoreal animation on Jon Favreau
’s “The Lion King
.” Yet this supporting visual effects work played an integral role in making stitches invisible and creating CG environments (including No Man’s Land
and the burning village of Écoust).
won its 10th animated feature Oscar for “Toy Story 4
,” and “Hair Love,” the black father-daughter bonding work, took home the animated short Oscar.