‘Blade Runner 2049’ Director Blames Box Office For Oscar Snub

Director Denis Villeneuve believes that if Blade Runner 2049 had done better at the box office, the movie would have had a shot at a Best Picture Oscar.

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 was a stunning film that unfortunately didn’t quite get the love it needed outside of critic’s circles, and director Denis Villeneuve believes that this is what cost it a Best Picture Oscar nomination. He also stated that he felt that the movie deserved a shot at a Best Original Score Oscar.

CBC News recently spoke with Villeneuve about the news of Blade Runner 2049‘s five Oscar nominations. The director said that he was proud of his crew for getting recognized, but he also notes that he wishes that Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch got paid dues for their work on the film’s stunning soundtrack:

“I think what [composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch] did for the movie, the score of the movie, was by far one of the best this year.”

Villeneuve also claimed that a big reason why he doesn’t think Blade Runner 2049 got nominated for Best Picture was because of its disappointing box office performance:

“It’s very uncommon for a movie that didn’t do well at the box office in the United States to get a nomination for best picture.”

It could be argued that the movie’s box office really doesn’t matter considering that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences usually ends up nominating a bunch of movies that only a handful of people watched — even with nine nominations — which is a big factor in why ratings for the ceremony have been continuously shrinking over the years. In any case, Villeneuve is an incredibly talented filmmaker and it’s likely that he’ll get another shot at Best Picture or Best Director.

Blade Runner 2049 is available on Blu-Ray and digital formats. Its cast includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Hiam Abbass, Barkhad Abdi, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, Edward James Olmos, and Robin Wright.

Source: CBC News