‘The Power of the Dog’ designer: Ida Valley residents ‘must be thrilled’ with Oscar nomination


New Zealand decorator nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film The power of the dog says he hopes the people of Ida Valley in central Otago are also very proud of the nomination.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil in The Power of the Dog.
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The power of the dogdirected by New Zealander Dame Jane Campion, was nominated for 12 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Score.

New Zealander Grant Major was nominated for Best Production Design for his work on the film in which he transformed a small plot of land in Central Otago into 1925 Montana.

Major said he was delighted with the news.

“So proud of the entire team in the art department who made this possible, and everyone in the Ida Valley. They must be thrilled with the news as well. Brilliant.”

Major said he found out when his partner saw the news online.

A stretch of road in the Ida Valley between Ranfurly and Alexandra.

Ida Valley
Photo: RNZ/Peter Newport

The process of transforming the site to look like another time and another country was very complicated, he said.

“Finding the right location for it. Finding all the props and dressings that needed to be put in the sets, designing the sets. Building the sets on the windy, dusty, grassy open plains of the Ida Valley to make it look like it was already there for a while. All these things take a lot of work.

It has been a long journey that continues, he said.


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