Oscars 2018: Dunkirk & Blade Runner 2049 filmmakers react to nominations

The Oscar nominations, announced on Tuesday morning, gave movies fans all over the world something to talk about, but what did the nominees have to say?

The filmmakers from Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 share their official statements on their nominations – more on that later. Both films have been widely considered technical achievements, but how do they match up to their fellow nominees, like War for the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Looking at the predictions in this article, the odds seem to be in favor Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 going home with an Oscar or two.

Read on for the filmmakers’ statements, and tell us in the comments if you’ll be rooting for Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 when the Academy Awards airs live on March 4.

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Best Picture

“We are thrilled that the Academy has recognized the craft and talent of so many of the incredible people that brought the story of ‘Dunkirk’ to life. But most of all, this recognition helps us to believe that we have done some justice to honouring all those whose lives were affected by the real life events at Dunkirk.” – Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas (Dunkirk)

Best Sound Editing

“I’m thrilled about my nomination for ‘Dunkirk.’ It was a labor of love for everyone involved and I’m happy it’s getting the recognition it deserves.” – Richard King (Dunkirk)

“I’m thrilled our movie was recognized. BLADE RUNNER 2049 is a masterpiece of thoughtful, nuanced and impressionistic sound art. Not the kind of work customarily recognized for this award. This nomination confirms that the best ears in Hollywood and around the world found value in the details, the emotion and the storytelling that sound brings to a motion picture.” – Mark Mangini (Blade Runner 2049)


“I’m so thrilled! I loved working on Blade Runner 2049. I’d work with Denis Villeneuve and editor Joe Walker again in a heartbeat! Congratulations to the entire sound team, Mark, Ron, Doug and Mac.” – Theo Green (Blade Runner 2049)

Best Sound Mixing

“I wish I were as witty and funny as Tiffany Haddish at this hour of the morning.  I’m incredibly honored and equally nauseous for the sound mixing nomination and humbled by the Best Picture and Best Director nominations as well.” – Gary A. Rizzo (Dunkirk)

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Best Cinematography


“It was a nice surprise this morning to hear of the nomination. This is a testament to and recognition of the work of all the people on this film. Everyone put in so much that it makes me very happy”. – Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)

Best Production Design

“Thank you to the Academy for this wonderful honor.  Creating the world of “Blade Runner 2049” with director Denis Villeneuve was tremendously challenging but equally rewarding.  I share this nomination with my entire team, and I would also like to congratulate all of my fellow nominees, especially my brilliant collaborators, Roger Deakins and John Nelson.” – Dennis Gassner (Blade Runner 2049)

Best Visual Effects


“The day of the Oscar nominations is one day you don’t mind getting up at 5 a.m.  As I watched live, every time they said ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ my hands shot up in the air!  It is so exciting to be nominated.  This was a labor of love in which we also tried to do something different, restrained and real.  It’s been a dream for the last two years, and I’m thrilled the dream is lasting a bit longer.” – John Nelson (Blade Runner 2049)


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