The Revenant and Sicario take top location awards
Leonardo DiCaprio’s survival drama The Revenant and Emily Blunt’s cartel thriller Sicario took the top prizes at the 3rd annual Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) Awards.
The Revenant’s locations team of Robin Mounsey and Bruce Brownstein took the prize for Outstanding Locations in a Period Film.
DiCaprio won an Oscar earlier this year for his performance as a fur trapper struggling for survival in the brutal wilds of the early-19th century Mid-West.
Production took place largely in the wilderness around Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Filming took a full nine months as the team shot using only natural light and often in remote parts of the province.
Sicario’s locations team of S Todd Christensen and Shani Orona took the prize for Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Film. The film stars Emily Blunt as an FBI agent taking on a brutal drug cartel operating between the US and Mexico. Production was based in New Mexico, which offers a 25% filming incentive for features.
In television, Robert Boake and Tate Araez won for their work on Game of Thrones, which uses Belfast as a production base and has also filmed on location in countries including Iceland and Croatia.
Marco Giacalone and Bill Bowling won in the contemporary TV category for the Netflix sci-fi series Sense8, which filmed around the world and entirely on location.
FilmLA was honoured as the year’s top film commission and Janice Polley, a long-term collaborator of director Michael Mann, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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