Award Wins & Nominations:
MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:
Wins: 2 (Best Sound Effects Editing; Best Visual Effects)
Nominations: 6 (Best Picture; Best Director; Best Film Editing; Best Original Dramatic Score; Best Production Design; Best Sound)
Wins: 3 (Best Art Direction; Best Cinematography; Best Visual Effects)
Nominations: 6 (Best Picture; Best Director; Best Film Editing; Best Original Score; Best Sound; Best Sound Editing)
Wins: 2 (Best Production Design; Best Visual Effects)
Nominations: 6 (Best Film; Best Director; Best Cinematography; Best Editing; Best Music; Best Sound)
Golden Globes (Best Film - Drama, Best Director); Saturn Awards (Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, Best Music, Best Production Design, Best Special Effects); Art Directors Guild (Excellence in Production Design - Fantasy); Australian Film Institute (Best Actor); ACCA (Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects); Cinema Brazil Awards (Best Foreign Film); Critics Choice Awards (Best Action Movie, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects); Empire Awards (Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director); Florida Film Critics (Best Cinematography); Gold Derby Awards (Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects); Golden Eagle (Best Foreign Film); Golden Reel Awards (Best Sound Editing); Golden Schmoes (Best Action Sequence, Best Special Effects, Most Overrated Movie of the Year); Hollywood Post Alliance (Outstanding Compositing); INOCA Awards (Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects); Internet Film Critics (Best Drama); Jupiter Award (Best International Film); Las Vegas Film Critics (Best Art Direction); New York Film Critics (Best Film); North Texas Film Critics (Best Cinematography); OFTA (Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects); Phoenix Film Critics (Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects); Scream Awards (Best Director, Best 3-D, Best F/X), St Louis Film Critics (Best Visual Effects, Most Original, Innovative or Creative Film); Teen Choice Awards (Choice Movie: Sci-Fi, Choice Actor: Sci-Fi, Choice Actress: Sci-Fi); Visual Effects Society (Outstanding Visual Effects, Outstanding Character Animation, Outstanding Matte Paintings, Outstanding Models & Miniatures, Outstanding Creative Environment, Best Single Visual Effect of the Year)
AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (12)
D: James Cameron
20th Century Studios / Lightstorm / TSG (James Cameron & Jon Landau)
US 🇺🇸 2022
Science Fiction / Adventure
W: James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman & Shane Salerno
DP: Russell Carpenter
Ed: James Cameron, Stephen Rivkin, David Brenner & John Refoua
Mus: Simon Franglen
PD: Dylan Cole & Ben Procter
Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoë Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Kiri), Stephen Lang (Col. Miles Quaritch), Kate Winslet (Ronal), Cliff Curtis (Tonowari)
A long-awaited sequel to the 2009 film, which was a groundbreaking piece of filmmaking from its creator, who you have to say never shirks his responsibilities and fully commits to the projects that he helms.
We return to Pandora several years after the events of the first film, where former marine Jake Sully has become one with his Na’vi body permanently and is now chief of his tribe amongst the planet’s forest. The “skypeople” return, this time to fully colonise the world, and a familiar enemy returns when the main villain from the first film, Colonel Miles Quaritch, revived as a Na’vi life-form.
Sully and his family flee from their forest home, seeking refuge with a tribe who worship the oceans & its creatures.
The main characters from the first movie take a back seat as the story is passed to a new generation, mostly told from the perspective of his children as they experience an unfamiliar world, culminating in a showdown between Sully and his nemesis.
Far longer than the first film at 192 minutes, this was also a lot more expensive, with a production and marketing budget thought to exceed $400 million, making it the most costly film of all time to bring to the screen, and it looks it too, with eye-popping computer generated effects that make the alien world and its creatures look as photo-real as a National Geographic documentary and once again, the visual effects studios involved push the envelope with their skills, especially in the underwater motion capture department. A feat that has never been done before.
The story and dialogue isn’t really any better or worse than the first movie, basically replicating a Western adventure in space, but when it looks this good, story can always take a back seat as your eyes look on in wonder.
James Cameron may not be the best story writer in Hollywood, but as a storyteller he is comfortably amongst the greatest.