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Rena DeAngelo’s Mindful and Evocative Set Design for Oscar Nominee The Post

February 1, 2018 | By
Rena DeAngelo’s Mindful and Evocative Set Design for Oscar Nominee <em>The Post</em>

Steven Spielberg’s latest historical piece The Post, is based on true events from the involvement of the stalwart newspaper with the 1971 Pentagon Papers, featuring Meryl Streep as the inimitable Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee. To achieve a realistic 1970s aesthetic, Spielberg immediately gravitated toward trusted set decorator, Rena DeAngelo (Bridge of Spies,... »

2018 Oscar Nominee – Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran – Darkest Hour

January 25, 2018 | By
2018 Oscar Nominee –  Costume Designer  Jacqueline Durran – Darkest Hour

During 20 tense days, Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must decide whether he will negotiate peace with Hitler, or rally the British people, Parliament and King to take on the fight to save the freedom and ideals of the British nation. Mirroring the darkest hours that Churchill experiences in his decision to take... »

Contenders: Head of Makeup Department Deborah La Mia Denaver and Department Head of Hair Design Adruitha Lee – I, Tonya

January 12, 2018 | By
Contenders: Head of Makeup Department Deborah La Mia Denaver and Department Head of Hair Design Adruitha Lee  – I, Tonya

    For makeup department head Deborah La Mia Denaver and hairstyling department head Adruitha Lee, I, Tonya represented several formidable challenges: recreating a lead character familiar to the general public, and aging that character—and others in the cast—through various life stages. In the case of this film, the central character was champion figure... »

Contender: Cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen – Molly’s Game

January 12, 2018 | By
Contender: Cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen – Molly’s Game

Molly’s Game is based on the real life events of Molly Bloom, a world class skier who turned to high-stakes poker games. As first time director Aaron Sorkin thought out a specific vision, he knew he could only bring it fruition by leaning on people whom are masters at their craft.  This is where... »

Contender: Editor Kevin Tent Downsizing

January 12, 2018 | By
Contender: Editor Kevin Tent <em>Downsizing</em>

      In the social satire, Downsizing, an everyman  (Matt Damon) shrinks himself down to five inches in height so he can live a life of wealth and splendor, but instead discovers the true value in human relationships. Although this film was more visual effects heavy than the usual Alexander Payne film–and a... »

Contenders: Composers Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer – Blade Runner 2049

January 11, 2018 | By
Contenders: Composers Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer – <em>Blade Runner 2049</em>

  The science fiction thriller Blade Runner 2049, the much-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner, takes place 30 years after the events of the first film, with Ryan Gosling starring as K, a new replicant model, with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Oscar-nominated director, Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) was a... »

Contenders: Editors Alan Baumgarten, Josh Schaeffer, & Elliot Graham – Molly’s Game

January 11, 2018 | By
Contenders: Editors Alan Baumgarten, Josh Schaeffer, & Elliot Graham – <em>Molly’s Game</em>

One of the finest elements about Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut in Molly’s Game is the editing and how it is beautifully woven and interlaced together as it naturally flows with elegance and aura. The editing process is exceptionally powerful in shaping every movie. To achieve this level of grandeur, not one, not two, but three... »

Contender: Re-recording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor, Craig Berkey – Darkest Hour

January 11, 2018 | By
Contender: Re-recording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor, Craig Berkey – <em>Darkest Hour</em>

                Sound helped create the real world of Darkest Hour, the story of Winston Churchill’s historic decision to go to war with Germany. “Just like you have your props, your sets, your costumes and everything, we’re doing the same thing with sound. We’re dressing it as 1940. All... »

Barry Ackroyd’s Verité – Detroit

January 10, 2018 | By
Barry Ackroyd’s Verité – <em>Detroit</em>

Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd teams up with Kathryn Bigelow again (The Hurt Locker) to shoot Detroit, a harrowing view into the 12th Street Riot of 1967 and the violent police raid on the Algiers Motel. Ackroyd’s tension filled style is reminiscent of American ‘Direct Cinema’ documentary filmmakers of the 1960s and 70s.  The handheld movement... »

Contender: Production Designer Nathan Crowley – Dunkirk

January 9, 2018 | By
Contender: Production Designer Nathan Crowley – Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which explores the origins of WWII, takes place mostly on beaches, boats and in the air. Nolan’s long-time colleague, the Oscar nominated Production Designer, Nathan Crowley was tapped to recreate this dark time in history. Crowley’s first collaboration with Nolan was on the crime thriller, Insomnia and his body of work... »

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