“‘Noah‘ happened in March, so I’m glad to remind people that my guys did a lot of good work” worthy of Oscar consideration, says director Darren Aronofsky in his podcast chat with Gold Derby editor Tom O’Neil (listen below).
The biblical epic flooded theaters earlier this year, earning more than $360 million worldwide. And now, the Russell Crowe-fronted action flick is in the running for various tech Oscar races, including Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. (See Gold Derby’s official Oscar rankings and racetrack odds.)
“‘Noah’ is one of the greatest stories ever told,” explains Aronofsky. “We’ve been telling it for thousands of years. It’s a story that belongs to everyone on the planet. It’s part of our human culture [and] heritage. And there’s something in that story that connects to everyone on the planet because, even if it’s not part of your religion or culture, there’s a flood story in your tradition. I just was amazed that no one had sort of tried to bring it to the big screen.
“I think because everything in that story is a miracle and miraculous, it took 21st century filmmaking techniques to sort of bring something like that to life. So it was kind of an exciting undertaking to take such a well-known story and bring it to the big screen.”
Aronofsky gives props to his visual effects wizards, production designers, sound editors and sound mixers, saying, “There’s always those challenges of making the unreal real. But it’s the story you choose, and you just work hard to make it work for the audience.”
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Listen to our podcast chat with Aronofsky below: