UK film skills continue to impress the world

ScreenSkills celebrates the world-class UK filmmakers, crew and facilities that were recognised at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday 4 March 2018.

Dunkirk © Warner Bros 2018

Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, both UK films that paid the Film Skills Levy, directly supporting skills and training, took home five Oscars between them. This included a win for UK-based Lucy Sibbick and David Malinowski as part of the winning make-up and hair team on Darkest Hour.

UK-based VFX powerhouses Double Negative and Framestore were part of the team taking home the visual effects award for Blade Runner 2049 and Roger Deakins finally won the cinematography category for his work on that film on his 14th nomination.

British director Chris Overton and writer Rachel Shenton won best live action short film for The Silent Child, and the nation was touched by the story of six-year old Maisie Sly who stars as a profoundly deaf child.

To focus solely on these winners would be a disservice to the recognition due to the UK funding, crew and facilities employed by award-winning and nominated films across the whole awards season in films such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Phantom Thread; Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Beauty and the Beast; God’s Own Country; I Am Not a Witch; Victoria and Abdul, Lady Macbeth; Jawbone.

Congratulations to all these skilled and talented UK filmmakers, keeping the UK film industry at the forefront of global film production.

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