Hungry Man talents scored Super Bowl laughs and Oscar accolades
Super Bowl blockbusters, holiday ads, POTUS pranks and Oscar wins—Hungry Man’s directorial talent touched all the big events of 2020, before and after the pandemic struck.
Bryan Buckley, known for his Big Game hits, delivered another memorable one in 2020, Hyundai’s “Smaht Pahk,” in which Chris Evans, John Krasinski and Rachel Dratch hilariously had fun with the notorious Bostonian accent. Last year in particular, Buckley also demonstrated his extraordinary range.
He helped Mastercard in its battle for inclusion with work for the “True Name” card. His short film, “Saria,” the story of female orphans in Guatemala, was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film in the 91st Annual Academy Awards, and as the U.S. election loomed, his Trump Statue Initiative trolled the POTUS with live street performers covered head to toe in gold paint depicting the administration’s actions in a satirical light.
It was also a triumphant year for Taika Waititi, whose feature film “Jojo Rabbit” was nominated for six Oscars and eventually won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Waititi was subsequently snapped up to direct Coke’s epic global holiday ad “The Letter,” a production spanning multiple time zones, teams and continents, as well as Xbox’s “Lucid Odyssey,” in which sleep researchers used technology to literally turn gamer MoonliteWolf’s dreams to reality.