Abu Dhabi Film Commissioner, Hans Fraikin is ecstatic that the film ‘Dune,’ shot in Abu Dhabi has won 6 Oscars. “Ever since Dennis Villeneuve first visited Abu Dhabi looking for a location for the planer Arrakis, it was clear that the Emirate’s breath-taking desert landscapes were the perfect backdrop for his adaptation of Dune,” says Fraikin.
Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve and won 6 awards at the 94th Academy Awards, with the science fiction epic taking home awards for Best Sound, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Original Score and Best Achievement in Film Editing among others.
Theo Green, one of the five specialists cited by the Academy, thanked director Denis Villeneuve during the Oscar broadcast. “You, sir, were like the spice flowing through our brains, turning our humble ideas into your imaginary world.” He also thanked composer Hans Zimmer and editor Joe Walker, who also won Oscars for their work on Dune and “treated us as fellow artists. This is for you.
The sound work on Dune was among many elements of the sci-fi epic that made an impression on Academy members from the moment the film burst onto the festival scene.
Other sound nominees included Belfast, No Time to Die, West Side Story and The Power of the Dog.
Watch the trailer of Dune here