The five-year Oscar battle between “Tenet” and “Mozart in the Jungle” has taken on new life in a new form.
“Tener” director David Fincher has emerged as a winner after his Oscar-nominated film won the Best Picture category at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday night.
“I’m so grateful,” Finchers said after the ceremony, thanking “my wife, my kids and my parents for making me a billionaire.”
He said the film will soon open in China, where “Moss” and the sequel are being screened in theaters.
“This is the best day of my life.
This is the most amazing day of our lives,” he said, before going into a celebratory dance sequence.
“We are going to be here for a very long time.”
The film, which also won Best Picture, earned more than $100 million at the box office, and has been seen by more than 100 million people.
“Mosaic” director Robert Redford, whose film won best picture, said in a statement he is proud of his team for “putting the people of China on the map.”
“I believe we have achieved our highest level of global impact in filmmaking,” Redford said.
“The film will open in theaters in China in the coming weeks.”
The winners of “Muse,” “Moses,” “The Master,” “Sicario” and other awards were announced Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who thanked the many fans who showed up for the event.
“To the fans, to the cast and crew, and to all of the wonderful people who helped make this possible, I thank you,” she said.
The ceremony marked the first time that a Best Picture Oscar has been won by a film that was directed by a non-English-speaking filmmaker.
“As I always say, a win is a win, and the film ‘Muse’ is one of the great cinematic moments of our time,” said Isaacs.
“So I’m thrilled to have it recognized for its artistry and for being one of many great films that we’re going to see on the big screen next year.”
The Oscar ceremony also marked the third time that the Academy has honored a film based on a popular comic strip.
“American Beauty” won Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score, while “Lincoln” won the Screenplay Award and Best Director for Lincoln.
Oscar season has become a race to win awards in front of an audience, with Academy members saying that they are looking forward to watching the Oscar nominations come out next week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.