During her speech, Frances said, “Please watch our movie on the largest screen possible. And one day, very very soon, take everyone you know into a theater, shoulder to shoulder, in that dark space, and watch every film represented here tonight. We give this one to our wolf,” she said before unleashing a mighty howl to cheers.
Director Chloé Zhao, who also won the Best Director award for her work on the film, actually explained that the howl was done for a very specific reason.
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“The howling is for our Production Sound Mixer, Wolf, who you saw in the memorial,” Chloé said in the Oscars press room about Michael Wolf Snyder. Michael passed away in March of 2021 and he appeared in the In Memoriam segment. “We unfortunately lost him recently. [He worked on] my previous film The Rider, and Nomadland. He’s part of the family. That howling to the moon is for Wolf.”
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