South African-born Margaret Sixel’s parents, who live in Cape Town, were today celebrating their daughter’s first Oscar win.
Sixel won the Oscar for Best Film Editing for the movie Mad Max: Fury Road in Los Angeles last night.The film starred another South African Oscar winner, Charlize Theron, who won Best Actress for Monster 12 years ago.
Sixel is married to the director of the film, George Miller, and they live in Australia.
Her parents, Harry and Joan Sixel, who live in Constantia, said they were very excited about their daughter’s win. ”I’m intensely proud of our daughter, all I want to do is cry,” said Joan.
Mad Max: Fury Road garnered the most awards on the night, winning six in the technical categories.
The awards were for Editing, Make-up, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design.
Sixel has also worked on feature films such as Babe: Pig in the City in 1998 and Happy Feet in 2006.
Well-wishers took to social media to congratulate Sixel.
Laura Hall-Levetan wrote on Facebook: “Congratulations Magaret Sixel what a stunning achievement!! Xx”.
April Kagan wrote: “Margaret Sixel well done. A female editor, a first-time nominee. An amazing win #oscars2016”.
Previous South African winners at the Oscars include director Gavin Hood for the movie Tsotsi, winning Best Foreign Language film in 2006, and producer Eric Abraham for the Polish film Ida, which won Best Foreign Language film last year. – Cape Argus