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Canadians take home the gold at 94th Academy Awards

Canada took home some of the top prizes in film at the 94th Academy Awards.

8 Canadians were up for top prizes in numerous categories including Best Picture (Dune, Nightmare Alley, and Power of the Dog), Best Adapted Screen Play (Dune), Best Production Design (Dune and Nightmare Alley), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Dune) Best Costume Design (Dune) Best Visual Effects (Dune) and Best Documentary Short (The Queen of Basketball).

But at the end of the night only three took home the top prize.

In the Best Visual Effects Category, Tristan Myles a British-Canadian took home the prize alongside Paul Lambert, Brian Connor, and Gerd Nefzer for Best Visual Effects for their collective work on the Sci-Fi Movie Dune.

Dune also took home the top prize for Production Design with Patrice Vermette winning for production design, sharing the prize with her co-worker Zsuzanna Sipos.

Dune, directed by Canadian Denis Villeneuve, is about Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive.

This was Vermette's third nomination and first win. She was previously nominated for her work in the movie The Young Victoria (82th Academy Awards) and Arrival (89th Academy Awards). Arrival was also directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Halifax Resident Ben Proudfoot won the top prize for Best Documentary Short, for his movie The Queen of Basketball.

The Queen of Basketball is about Lusia "Lucy" Harris Stewart who is a pioneer in women's basketball, leading a rural Mississippi college to three national titles, scoring the first basket in women's Olympic history in 1976, being the first and only woman to be drafted into the NBA.

It was produced by Shaquille O'Neal and Stephen Curry.

Proudfoot was nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards for his movie "A Concerto In a Conversation"

At the end of the night, Dune was the big winner at the 94th Academy Awards taking home 6 academy awards (Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design,Best Sound, and Best Original Score), CODA took home 3 awards (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screen Play and Best Supporting Actor) and the Eyes of Tammy Faye took home 2 (Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Actress). The Power of the Dog which went into the night with 12 nominations only came away with one award (Best Director)


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