Vanity Fair Italy: Dubbing Best Picture

February 18, 2015 1:55 pm

A few weeks ago I flew to Rome on assignment for Vanity Fair Italy. I was asked to recreate one scene from each of the 8 films that have been nominated for this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture, using the dubbers who lend their voices for these Hollywood actors we know so well.

This assignment was inspired by a personal project I did last year about Italian film dubbers – a long-standing tradition that goes back to the Mussolini era in Italy. Click here to read more about the fascinating history of dubbing and see my original story that was featured online in The New Yorker last May.

Below are all 8 images that were published in the latest issue of Vanity Fair Italy.

Many thanks to Photo Editor Marco Finazzi, Stylist Barbara Bartolini, Producers Francesca Triaca & Max Brunetti, and my partners in crime Martina Maffini & Mike DePasquale.

The Theory of Everything - Felicity Jones & Eddie Redmayne

The Imitation Game - Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightley

Boyhood - Ellar Coltrane (dubbed by 3 different people as Coltrane's character grew older)

American Sniper - Bradley Cooper

Birdman - Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Michael Keaton

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Ralph Fiennes & Tony Revolori

Selma - David Oyelowo

Whiplash - J.K. Simmons & Miles Teller

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