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Oscars 2022: DNEG, directed by Namit Malhotra, wins its 7th for visual effects

DNEG, known for its stellar visual effects and work in films and shows such as Dune, Tenet, Avengers Endgame and Infinity War, Stranger Things Season 4, Venom, Shadow and Bone, Wonder Woman 1984 and Brahmastra, won its seventh Oscar. The latest win goes to the company’s work in Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya-star Dune.

“We are thrilled to announce that our Dune team received the Oscar for ‘Best Visual Effects’ at tonight’s 94th Academy Awards. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to winners Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer , and to our brilliant global team who put their hearts into bringing this film to life on screen,” the company said, adding that this is the seventh award in eight years, and the second time she received an Oscar for her collaboration with Denis Villeneuve.DNEG also won an Oscar in 2018 for Blade Runner 2049.

Paul Lambert’s third Oscar comes after his previous wins for Blade Runner 2049 and First Man, while Tristan Myles previously won for First Man.

India Connection

Behind DNEG’s award-winning work is parent company Prime Focus Limited. Founded by Namit Malhotra, Prime Focus is one of the world’s largest independent integrated media services companies, with more than 8,000 professionals in 16 cities.

Prime Focus merged with DNEG in 2014. DNEG had won six Oscars before Dune – Tenet (2020), First Man (2019), Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Ex Machina (2015), Interstellar (2014) and Inception (2010).

It is listed on the BSE and NSE and has been recognized on the “Fortune India 500” list.

Who is Namit Malhotra

Namit Malhotra, one of India’s biggest hits in Hollywood, is the founder of Prime Focus. The company had humble beginnings in 1997 before becoming an integrated media services powerhouse. Malhotra is responsible for the strategy, growth and success of the company.

Malhotra is the eldest son of Bollywood film producer Naresh Malhotra and the grandson of cinematographer MN Malhotra. He grew up in Mumbai, where he completed his education at Jasudben ML school in Khar. He graduated in commerce from the HR College of Commerce and Economics.

Before Prime Focus was named after him, Malhotra owned a small editing studio which he ran from his father’s garage. He has worked for many TV shows and series such as Boogie Woogie for Sony and Colgate Top 10 for Zee Entertainment. He also bagged work for music videos. In 1997, he merged Video Workshop with Naresh Malhotra’s Video Works to create Prime Focus.

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