Dune Wipes Out Oscars, With 10 Oscar Nominations, Including Best Picture

Academy Awards are on their way and the nominations are flowing in excess for Dune. Co-produced by Legendary Pictures, The Warner Bros. Pictures earned a stunning ten nominations during today’s nominations for this year’s Academy Awards live stream, including the nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Notably, Denis Villeneuve did not get a Best Director nomination. Dune is actually based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel of the same name. The movie, which only adapts the initial half of the story of Herbert, stars Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Oscar Isaac, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Chang Chen, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem.

Dune went on to earn a whopping $399.4 million worldwide after opening in the theaters with its simultaneous HBO Max streaming premiere.


Check out the full list of its nominations:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Sound
  • Best Visual Effects (where the film will be against Spider-Man and Shang-Chi)

ComicBook.com had also named Dune its favorite movie for 2021, – a film not based on a comic book. With a score of 4-out-of-5 by ComicBook.com’s Nicole Drum, the film was praised by most critics and fans, alike.

In Drum’s review, she had talked about how the movie’s incredible visuals make up for its flaws:


“Even with the missteps and the half-finished feel of having to wait for a ‘Part Two’ — something that, at this point, isn’t even a guarantee — Dune is a genuinely fantastic film and truly a cinematic experience. The best and closest adaptation of Herbert’s novel to date, a truly sumptuous and decadent visual affair, even with a bit of discomfort in terms of the hero versus the ones needing a hero, Dune is an absolute vision given life. Here’s to hoping we aren’t left just dreaming of more.”


Dune’s synopsis says, “Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive.”

After Dune‘s success at the worldwide box office, Warner Bros. had quickly greenlit Dune: Part Two, which will reveal to fans the second half of Herbert’s story. The movie is slated for a release in 2023.

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