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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Gives Australia Biggest Ever Oscar Haul

Australian is reveling in the multiple Oscar award successes for “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

On Sunday night the George Miller-directed post-apocalyptic sequel collected six of the technical awards on offer, rewarding eight Australians.

The previous best total for Australia was six Oscars in four categories in 1996, when Miller’s “Babe” and Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” amassed hauls.

Australian winners in the best production design category were Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson.

“It never ceases to annoy me how many people it takes to make me look competent,” said Gibson in his on stage acceptance speech. “To get one of these, you’ve got an idea of 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 I’d like to chalk this one up as the first Oscar for diversity.”

Australian winners in the best make-up and hair category were Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin.  Margaret Sixel was named as best editor. She was born in South Africa, studied in Australia and is married to Miller.

British costume designer and previous Oscar winner Jenny Beavan also scored for her “Mad Max” contribution.

Australian winner in the sound editing category was David White, alongside Mark A. Mangini. The Australian winner in the sound mixing category was Ben Osmo, alongside Chris Jenkins and Gregg Rudloff.

The film had been a consistent winner throughout the awards season and was nominated for ten Academy Awards. Miller missed out on the best directing prize, which went instead to Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, who made history with his second successive win.

The film’s other misses included cinematographer John Seale and the visual effects team Andy Williams and Australians Dan Oliver, Andrew Jackson and Tom Wood.

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