Fisk honored with ‘80 percent’ of an Oscar

Hollywood set guru and Albemarle resident Jack Fisk came into Oscar night as one of five nominees for Best Art Direction for his work on the eight-times-nominated California oil drama There Will Be Blood. While he lost in that category to the art directors from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, later in the evening he got to share in a colleague's Oscar glory.

When There Will Be Blood's Robert Elswit won the award for Best Cinematography, the first thank you out of his mouth was to his colleague in the art department, saying that "80 percent [of the Oscar] belongs to Jack Fisk and his production crew."

The nomination was the first in Fisk's 30-plus years in the movies. Should he have to wait another three decades remains to be seen, but Fisk is working with his share of Academy-savvy folks on his next project. According to, Tree of Life will be written and directed by twice-nominated filmmaker Terrence Malick, with whom Fisk worked on previous films Badlands (where he met future wife Sissy Spacek), The Thin Red Line, and The New World. The film will star Oscar-winner Sean Penn and possibly Brad Pitt.


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Congrats on the Oscar, 80% does that make it headless??