I am happy to report that my work contributed to three Oscar nominations, two of which won.
The nominees were: Pan’s Labyrinth (Art Direction; Special Make-up Effects) and The Prestige (Art Direction). Pan’s Labyrinth won both of those awards and one for its brilliant Cinematography as well. I am sorry to report that it didn’t win for Original Score, Best Foreign Film or Original Screenplay.
My wife cried over “my” wins. I was very, very happy, too. I silently recalled turning down the film that would have gotten me my own nomination for Art Direction: Dances With Wolves. I don’t regret that decision as I chose to complete my first museum one man show instead (Dinosaurs, Penguins & Whales – The Wildlife of Antarctica).
A doctored version of one my Hugh Jackman posters appears in the DVD extras of The Prestige. I don’t know why they didn’t include the other posters I did as well. I wouldn’t be surprized, however, if all of what I did for Pan’s Labyrinth ends up on its DVD. Gulliermo del Toro, besides being a great director, is also still a fellow fan.