Weekly newsletter

Hungarian Among Oscar Nominees: Set Decorator Zsuzsanna Sipos

Hungary Today 2022.02.09.

Zsuzsanna Sipos received a nomination as a member of the Dune production design team, as a set decorator. The film was partially shot in Budapest.

Sipos was the leader of the filming team for Dune, which was “99% Hungarian,” with the exception of one foreign colleague, and she owes them a great debt of gratitude, because “without them, she would not be where she is today.”

Surreal, incomprehensible, I would never have imagined it, I don’t know if I will ever believe it,”

Sipos told Telex.

Sipos was nominated in the category of production design as a set decorator working with the production designer. In the production design category, Patrice Vermette has also been nominated. Sipos does not work on the set but is 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 explains. The work is especially important to drawing up a budget, and determining how much money can be spent.

Sipos already considered it a big deal to be nominated for the Set Decorator’s Society of America award. However, she has also been nominated for a BAFTA award in British film production, also in the production design category. She is likely to be at the ceremonies, with travel arranged by the Dune production studio.


Hungary nominated the horror film Post Mortem for the award, but it was eliminated in the first selection. The Academy, which selects the nominees and decides the winners, has two new Hungarian members this year: animation director Réka Bucsi, and cinematographer Marcell Rév.

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. She also agrees that there is a lot of potential in filmmaking in Hungary, but a shortage of professionals.

A Very Eastern European Horror Movie - Post Mortem
A Very Eastern European Horror Movie - Post Mortem

The movie, set after World War I and the Spanish flu pandemic, tells the story of a post-mortem photographer and an orphaned young girl trying to figure out what the ghosts in a haunted village want. We went to see it to get a better idea of its chances of winning the Oscar.Continue reading

She has previously worked on Blade Runner 2049, and in Hungary on Gemini ManBorgia, and The Alienist.

The western In the Dog’s Claws dominated this year’s Oscars announcements with twelve nominations. Behind it is the Dune with ten nominations. West Side Story is also a serious contender with eight nominations, and so is Belfast with seven, and King Richard with another seven nominations.

This year’s 94th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 27.

Featured image: still from the movie Dune via its Facebook page

    [1536x1536] => Array
            [width] => 1536
            [height] => 1536
            [crop] => 

    [2048x2048] => Array
            [width] => 2048
            [height] => 2048
            [crop] =>