Denis Villeneuve Says 'Blade Runner 2049' Was Shut Out of the Oscars Because of Low Ticket Sales

Denis Villeneuve Says 'Blade Runner 2049' Was Shut Out of the Oscars Because of Low Ticket Sales
Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 was far better than it had any right to be, making its way onto our list of the best films of 2017. Still, despite its near universal acclaim, the film was underrepresented in this year's Oscar nominees

Sure, it was nominated in "craft" categories for cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects and production design. But the film didn't score any noms in the major categories.

Villeneuve, who previously got a Best Director nomination for Arrival, told the CBC that the film was likely ignored due to its low box office return.

"It's very uncommon for a movie that didn't do well at the box office in the United States to get a nomination for best picture," he said.

The director added that he was disappointed to see no nominations for the film's soundtrack.

"I think what [composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch] did for the movie, the score of the movie, was by far one of the best this year," he said. "As a film director I work very closely with those people to bring my vision to the screen, and I work with great artists and I owe them a lot."

The Oscars will be handed out in a ceremony on March 4.