“I’m feeling I’m dreaming right now”–Gore Verbinski reacts to his Oscar win for RANGO

Backstage after winning his first Academy Award, director Gore Verbinski reflected on how it felt to earn the Best Animated Feature Oscar for Rango, a movie that took several years to reach the screen. For the first 18 months, Verbinski admitted, his “lizard project” had no studio backing and he and writer John Logan were working “just out of our houses.” But he was able to get Paramount to green-light the film when he could guarantee that Johnny Depp would be the actor giving voice to the title character. “It helps when you’re friends with Johnny Depp,” Verbinski confided. “I mean, we needed money and once Johnny said he was in, things started to happen.”

The “things” that happened led the director to a critical and box-office success, and eventually to the awards podium on Sunday night. Backstage, clutching his golden statue, Verbinski said, “I’m feeling I’m dreaming right now. It’s here. It’s in my hand. It’s very heavy. It feels good.” Looks good, too! To see a larger version of the photo of Verbinski holding his Oscar for Rango, CLICK HERE, and for a more playful picture of the director, CLICK HERE.

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