It easily beat the previous record of three Oscars in 1997 for Jane Campion’s The Piano. For a while, the predominance of Aussie accents on stage delivering thank you speeches during the telecast had pundits down under saying the award should be renamed the Auscars.
Best editing winner Margaret Sixel, Miller’s wife, gave a shout-out to the members of her photographic department back home who were celebrating in the afternoon Sydney time. “Us Mad Maxes are doing OK tonight,” Sixel said on stage.
Alongside editing, the fourth installment in the franchise also won for costume design, production design, make-up and hair, sound editing and sound mixing.
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) held a special live Oscars screening at a cinema in suburban Bondi Junction, while visual effects house Illoura, whose VFX supervisor Tom Wood was amongst the nominees, had an event at Sydney’s State Theater. Mad Max crew members were dispersed at private viewings.