“We give this one to our wolf,” McDormand, 63, one of many stars and producers of “Nomadland,” mentioned earlier than howling to the ceiling as she accepted the award in Los Angeles.
The gesture was an obvious tribute to the movie’s manufacturing sound mixer, Michael Wolf Snyder, who died by suicide earlier this yr, in accordance with reviews.
“He’s a part of the household,” the movie’s director, Chloé Zhao informed reporters. “In order that howling to the moon is for Wolf.”
Zhao, 39, took residence the very best director Oscar for “Nomadland,” changing into the primary Asian girl — and the second girl ever — to win the award, following Kathryn Bigelow for “The Harm Locker.”
Zhao beforehand mentioned she relied on the sound mixer to “to be my ears.”
“I at all times checked out Wolf after every take,” Zhao mentioned, in accordance with Selection. “I didn’t put on headphones on set and so I closely relied on Wolf to be my ears. He would nod at me with a contented grin or tears in his eyes, or typically he would discreetly sign ‘another.’ Throughout [2017’s] ‘The Rider,’ Wolf urged an concept we later took onto ‘Nomadland’ — recording room tones longer than we’d like as an opportunity to expertise silence. After hustling on every location, we sat collectively, in silence, tuned in, listened, and honored the world round us and one another.”
“I’ll at all times miss him. He would at all times be with me on set, after every take, and within the silence of each room tone. See you down the highway, my good friend,” she continued.
On the time, McDormand mentioned in an announcement that, “Wolf recorded our heartbeats. Our each breath. For me, he’s ‘Nomadland,'” Selection reported.
McDormand additionally took residence the greatest actress Oscar for the movie — her third time profitable that award. She beforehand took the prize for 1996’s “Fargo” and 2017’s “Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri.”
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