If Denis Villeneuve’s performance trajectory is there, there’s no doubt that he’s on his way to winning one of the best director awards from one of the major film associations in the next few years. The director and screenwriter, who only managed one Oscar nomination for his work on Arrival (2017), however managed more than a handful of associations in his home country of Canada.
Read on to learn more about his earnings and how he was able to pursue a career in the film industry despite his interest in science as a schoolboy.
Who is Denis Villeneuve?
On October 3, 1967, in Bécancour, Quebec, Canada, Denis Villeneuve was born to his parents; Nicole Demers and Jean Villeneuve. In addition to being raised by his parents, he notably spent a lot of time with his maternal and paternal grandmothers, whom he described as powerful women and enemies.
As a young man, Villeneuve had hoped to study science while attending Saint-Joseph Seminary in Trois-Rivières. His love for storytelling, however, gave him another path as he pursued his studies in film at the University of Quebec in Montreal. After graduating, Villeneuve began directing short films, including one of the winners of Radio Canada’s 1991 youth film competition, La Course Europe-Asie.
5 facts you need to know about the director
Director and screenwriter career
Denis Villeneuve has in the past admitted that screenwriting isn’t his biggest strength because it takes him so long to complete his screenplay. This was evident in the early days of his work as it took him five years to come up with another screenplay, Cosmos (1996), after winning the Radio-Canada prize. Two years later, he managed to produce his first feature, August 32 on Earth (1998), which was well worth the wait as it premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 1998 and was Canada’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards in 1999.
Villeneuve’s next film, Maelstrom (2000), which he again wrote and directed, screened at film festivals around the world, winning numerous awards, including Best Canadian Film from the Toronto International Film Festival. His third film, Polytechnique (2009), which was about the University of Montreal filming, heralded his arrival in the world, winning numerous accolades including nine Genie Awards, or what are now known as the Canadian Screen Awards .
According to the popular Celebrity Net Worth website, Denis Villeneuve has a net worth of $16 million. The director and screenwriter was able to bank thanks to the hand he had in several commercially successful films. His most successful films are The Prisoners (2013), Sicario (2015), Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). The prisoners reportedly raised about $122.2 million from the box office against a budget of $46 million. Sicario earned $84.9 million to $30 million, Arrival earned $47 million to $203.4 million, and Blade Runner 2049 earned $150 million to $259.2 million.
Awards and recognitions
In his career as a director and writer, So far, Denis Villeneuve has not been able to win any prizes from the major associations (Oscars and BAFTA), although he has been nominated several times. In 2017, Villeneuve received an Academy Best Director nomination and a BAFTA Best Director nomination for his work on Arrival (2017). The following year, BAFTA again nominated him for Best Direction for his work on Blade Runner 2049 (2018).
Apart from major associations, Villeneuve has been duly recognized for his work by most associations in his country, Canada. The Canadian Screen Awards named him Best Director for the film Enemy (2014), which also won Best Feature at the Directors Guild of Canada awards show. Villeneuve has a total of four Canadian Screen Awards (formerly Genie Award).
Family – wife
Denis Villeneuve is happily married to fellow Canadian, Tanya Lapointe. Not much is known about Lapointe’s life prior to her marriage to the director. The date of their marriage is not known either, but we do know that she works as a journalist, cultural journalist at Radio-Canada to be exact. The couple have no children yet, although Villeneuve himself has three children from a previous relationship.
Denis Villeneuve is not the tallest man you will ever meet. This is because he is 1.82m (5ft 11in) tall. The weight of the director of Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is not known.