Not many people get to hold an Oscar, but Trinbagonian compositor Adrian Nurse has achieved the dream.
Nurse who works as lead compositor with acclaimed visual effects studio Framestore Studios, said the golden statuette, a symbol of excellence in US film for over 90 years, was 'heavier than it looks'.
"It's heavier than it looks, I was scared to drop it," he joked, speaking to LoopTT on the amazing award, which his team won for Best Visual Effects in Blade Runner 2049.
The film also won a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for the same category.
A former student of Queen's Royal College, Nurse, who now lives in Montreal, Canada, said the win feels 'incredibly surreal' especially as it's a first for the province of Montreal.
“Winning feels incredibly surreal. We all thought we worked on something special, but didn’t really expect it to win!"
"This recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences truly validates the time and sacrifice all 160 members of the team put into this film. It’s probably the most I’ve worked in my life."
"The award also has an extra significance here in Montreal as we, [Framestore Studios], are the first studio to win in the history of the province," he said.
The 35-year-old compositor has worked on several blockbuster films including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Edge of Tomorrow, Alien: Covenant, Paddington, Frankenweenie and many more.
Nurse said he's also a huge fan of fellow Trinbagonian Sekani Solomon, who recently worked on the biggest blockbuster of the year, Black Panther.
"Sekani and I are great friends, we talk every week. We are constantly bouncing ideas and concepts off each other. I’m his biggest fan, the work he did on Black Panther is simply amazing," Nurse said.
He also had some advice for other Trinbagonians trying to break through in the film industry.
"Practice your art, never stop trying to improve yourself. Surround yourselves with talented people who inspire and challenge you and who will pull you up with them."
"Practice till you're blue in the face, till you're so tired you can’t see straight. Then the next day, do it again. One day the world will reward you for it," he said.
For more information visit his IMDB page: http://imsr.me/AdrianNurseIMDb
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