On Monday morning, Hungarian Zsuzsanna Sipos won an Oscar in the production design category for her work on Dune, in partnership with Patrice Vermette.
As we reported before, Hungarian set decorator, Zsuzsanna Sipos, was nominated for an Academy Award together with Patrice Vermette for their work on Dune.
Sipos previously said about the nomination that it was “Surreal, incomprehensible, I would never have imagined it, I don’t know if I will ever believe it.” Now, it seems that Sipos has a new event to try and believe because the award for best production design was won by her and her colleague.
Sipos did not work on the set but was involved in the preparation of the film, leading a crew that works on building the sets and props for the film. “We have concept designers, we have people who do photoshop drawings, and then we have people who do 3D modeling, who do floor plans,” she explained
. The work is especially important to drawing up a budget, and determining how much money can be spent.
I am such a crybaby, I’m sorry. It means an awful lot. I just want to thank everybody, my team, and everyone who participated, and for the opportunity. Köszönöm, thank you!”
Sipos said in her acceptance speech.
She has previously worked on Blade Runner 2049, and in Hungary on Gemini Man, Borgia, and The Alienist. It is very likely that the sequel to Dune will start shooting in Hungary later this year, and Sipos hopes to work with the same team.
Sipos and Vermette also won a BAFTA recently.
Sipos is not the first Hungarian Oscar winner in the category, but, as Telex reports, you have to go back many decades to find the previous one: the painter Sándor Trauner, or Alexander Trauner as he is known in Hollywood, won an Oscar in 1960 for his set design for Billy Wilder’s The Apartment. At the time, there were separate categories for black-and-white and color films, and Trauner won in the former category, sharing it with decorator Edward G. Boyle.
Featured image: Set decorator Zsuzsanna Sipos and Canadian production designer Patrice Vermette after receiving the award for Best Production Design at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022. Photo by David Swanson/MTI/EPA