If someone says an event film from a well known director is coming, most audiences may think Christopher Nolan or Jordan Peele, but I personally think of Baz Luhrmann. While his films may not be for everyone, but they are event films that draw an audience. Luhrmann’s films have such an identity that with a single frame most viewers can tell Luhrmann was behind the camera.
While his films overall (sorry Australia) perform well with audiences, they don’t always have the best Oscar track record. Let’s look over Luhrmann’s films and their Oscar track record.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
Personally, my favorite Luhrmann film. While the film was well received by critics, it ultimately received zero nominations.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
A kick off for Luhrmann’s “Baz” look, a box office success, the kickstart to Leomania and Luhmann’s first Oscar entry! While he didn’t receive any nominations himself, the film did receive an Art Direction/Set Direction nomination! It ended up losing to The English Patient.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
The Nicole Kidman jukebox musical is not only one of Luhrmann’s most successful box office films, but also his biggest Oscar film! The film received a total of 8 nominations, including a Best Picture nomination for Luhrmann himself, and won 2 Oscars. The film picked up Production Design and Costume Design.
The film reunited Luhrmann with Kidman, but did not have the same success as their previous outing. Australia received 1 Oscar nomination for Costume Design, but lost to The Duchess.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Luhrmann’s biggest success, The Great Gatsby made $353 million worldwide and won 2 Oscars. The film picked up Oscars for both Production Design and Costume Design. While many, myself included, felt disappointed Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” missed a nomination, the film was at least recognized for its beautiful, Baz over the top sets.
We’ll see where Elvis ends up for the Oscars early next year, but hopefully Oscar nominations never prevent Baz from Baz-ing it up!