Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Contenders – Sound Editors/Mixers Tom Hammond, Ethan Andrus, Ben Lowry and Ben Lazard, Boyhood

December 2014
Contenders – Sound Editors/Mixers Tom Hammond, Ethan Andrus, Ben Lowry and Ben Lazard, <em>Boyhood</em>

The coming-of-age saga, Boyhood, was shot for several days every year for 12 years. Tom Hammond, the sound supervisor and re-recording mixer, has worked many times with the director, Richard Linklater. Although Hammond was on the film from the start of production through the final mix, and key crew generally returned on an annual... »

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Contenders – Editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach, American Sniper

December 2014
Contenders – Editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach, <em>American Sniper</em>

American Sniper tells the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a sniper whose skills earned him the moniker “Legend,” and his struggles to leave the war behind as he alternates between four tours of duty and time with his wife and family stateside. »

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Contender – Production Designer John Paul Kelly, The Theory of Everything

December 2014
Contender – Production Designer John Paul Kelly, <em>The Theory of Everything</em>

John Paul Kelly, the production designer on The Theory of Everything, is a contender for an Oscar for his work on the film about the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. The Theory of Everything follows the relationship between Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife, Jane Wilde Hawking (Felicity Jones), over the course of four decades. »

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Contender – Editor Tim Mertens, Big Hero 6

December 2014
Contender – Editor Tim Mertens, <em>Big Hero 6</em>

Tim Mertens edited the latest Disney animated film, Big Hero 6, the story of a plus-sized inflatable robot, Baymax and a young prodigy, Hiro, who team up with a band of high-tech heroes to uncover the villain behind the death of Hiro’s brother. »

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Contender – Costume Designer Deborah Cook, The Boxtrolls

December 2014
Contender – Costume Designer Deborah Cook, <em>The Boxtrolls</em>

Based on Here Be Monsters, the bestselling fantasy book by Alan Snow, Laika’s Annie Award-nominated film, The Boxtrolls, is a coming-of-age adventure story told through hybrid stop-motion, hand-drawn and CG animation. As in a live-action feature, a stop-motion feature has physical sets and performers and, though these performers may only be nine-inch tall puppets,... »

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Xavier Dolan Finds Hope for Mommy

December 2014
Xavier Dolan Finds Hope for <em>Mommy</em>

Cannes Film Festival Jury Award winner and Canada’s entry for foreign language (French) Oscar consideration is Mommy, a story inspired by an article about a mother who was so completely overwhelmed by the impulsive, violent nature of her son that, in fear for her life, she dropped him off at a hospital for the... »

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Contender – Editor William Goldenberg, The Imitation Game

December 2014
Contender – Editor William Goldenberg, <em>The Imitation Game</em>

“I find it fascinating when there is a little-known true story set against a story everybody knows,” said editor William Goldenberg of The Imitation Game, his fifth film based on a true story. Of the other four, the editor took home an Oscar for Argo and garnered nominations for Zero Dark Thirty, Seabiscuit and The... »

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Contender – Editor John Gilroy, Nightcrawler

December 2014
Contender – Editor John Gilroy, <em>Nightcrawler</em>

Nightcrawler explores the world of L.A. crime journalism, as an amoral man, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), driven to get headliner stories for a ratings-obsessed news director, Nina Romina (Renee Russo), blurs the line between observer and participant. Helmed by his fraternal twin, writer/director Dan Gilroy, editor John Gilroy was tasked with putting the film... »

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Ravi Kumar Revisits Tragedy in Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

December 2014
Ravi Kumar Revisits Tragedy in <em>Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain</em>

Released in advance of the 30th anniversary of the 1984 toxic pesticide leak from a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India that killed thousands of people in matter of a few hours, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain follows the lives of the unsuspecting townsfolk and profit-minded corporate officials as catastrophic mistakes lead up to... »

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Contender – Composer Marco Beltrami, The Homesman

December 2014
Contender – Composer Marco Beltrami, <em>The Homesman</em>

In talking about The Homesman – his third collaboration with actor/director Tommy Lee Jones – composer Marco Beltrami shared his satisfaction with their creative partnership. “I respond first off to his writing, his script, the way his mind puts things together. I respond to his quest for creativity and originality.” »

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