Oscars: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Grabs Six Crafts Awards; Comes One Short of 'Titanic' Record

The pic won Oscars for costume design, makeup and hair styling, film editing, production design, sound editing and sound mixing.
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George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road dominated the crafts categories at the Oscars on Sunday night, winning six awards for costume design, makeup and hair styling, film editing, production design, sound editing and sound mixing.

Six crafts wins is one short of the record, which is held by James Cameron's Titanic. With its six nods in crafts categories, Mad Max joins a short list including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Ben Hur and Star Wars (though one of Star Wars' crafts awards was a special achievement award.)

Mad Max's Oscar winners included: Jenny Beaven, costume design; Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin, makeup and hairstyling; Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson, production design; Mark Mangini and David White, sound editing; Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo, sound mixing; and Miller's wife, Margaret Sixel, film editing.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director George Miller talked about his perfectly tuned "orchestra" that together created the game-changing action film. He said Sixel has a “super brain. [In Mad Max] there must be a progression in what the audience learns about the characters and what the world is about. And you are doing it on the run — there’s no stopping for exposition.”

Of the sound editing and mixing, Miller said: “Movies are kind of visual music, this one probably more than most, because it’s almost a silent movie with sound. You’re looking for sound to bring in story. It couldn’t be generic sound — it’s realistic, and other moments it's expressionistic; sometimes it's loud, and sometimes utter silence, and the music with Tom Holkenborg was important.”

The helmer called production designer Colin Gibson a “wild man. He delegates, but his hand is everywhere. If a vehicle is broken down and the mechanics team is somewhere else, he knows how to fix it.”

Miller also discussed costume designer Beavan (who won a previous Oscar for A Room With a View) — "she went from corsets to this” — and the makeup and hairstylists team, noting, “Makeup is really important; they are the first persons the actors meet each day and the demeanor of the makeup crew is really important to the morale.”

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