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Shot in Abu Dhabi, Dune bags 10 Oscar nominations

The epic from Warner Bros. and Legendary took the Oscars by storm only coming second to Netflix’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ in terms of nominations.

The movie, shot in UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, was nominated for the best picture. It will also compete in the following categories: best costume design, best sound, best original score, best-adapted screenplay, best film editing, best makeup and hairstyling, best cinematography, best production design, and best visual effects.

If the movie is nominated for best picture, it surely means that the director would get a shout too, right? Wrong. Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve was snubbed in the best director category, and the film did not land any acting nominations.

Dune earned $399 million globally, a strong haul considering it also debuted day-and-date on HBO Max domestically. The film adapted the first half of Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 sci-fi novel, and Legendary and Warner Bros. are quickly moving ahead with a sequel, due out on October 20, 2023. The first installment starred Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and featured a star-studded cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin and Zendaya.

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