6:23pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Oscars: Postapocalyptic World of 'Mad Max' Drives Off With Win for Production Design
Production designer Colin Gibson and set decorator Lisa Thompson each won their first Oscar on Sunday night for the desolate, postapocalyptic world that they created in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
"It never ceases to annoy me how many people it takes to make me look competent, " said Gibson in his acceptance speech. "To get one of these, you got an idea of the multitudes, the multitudes of Australians, New Zealanders, Brits, Americans, South Africans, Namibians, who all came together under George’s vision to bring you a tale about a man with mental health issues, an amputee Amazon and five runaway sex slaves ... so, uh, I’d like to chalk this one up as the first Oscar for diversity."
Also nominated for achievement in production design were Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, The Martian and The Revenant.
The production design on Mad Max also won the BAFTA and Art Directors Guild Award for a fantasy film.
Aussie Gibson first worked with Miller on 1995's Babe. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Miller called him 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.”