Nova Scotia filmmaker Ben Proudfoot is among the Canadians that claimed Oscar wins on Sunday night.
Proudfoot’s documentary The Queen of Basketball won Best Documentary (Short Subject). Telling the life story of 1970s basketball superstar Lucy Harris – the first and only woman drafted by the NBA – the film was executive produced by Shaquille O’Neal and Steph Curry.
“If there is anyone out there that still doubts whether there’s an audience for female athletes, let this Academy Award be the answer,” Proudfoot told the audience during his acceptance speech, which was not part of the televised awards broadcast.
It was Proudfoot’s second nomination with the L.A.-based producer/director’s short doc A Concerto is a Conversation receiving a nod in the same category last year.
Other Canadians picking up awards included Patrice Vermette for Production Design on Dune, sharing the honour with Hungarian set decorator Zsuzsanna Sipos. The Denis Villeneuve-directed picture also claimed the award for Visual Effects with British-Canadian VFX Supervisor Tristan Myles and Vancouver-based VFX supervisor Brian Connor among the accepting group. Dune also won the awards for Film Editing, Cinematography, Sound, and Original Score.
Find the full list of winners and nominees here.
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