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Contender – Editor Tom Cross, La La Land

January 10, 2017 | By
Contender – Editor Tom Cross, <em>La La Land</em>

Writer-director, Damien Chazelle, sent editor Tom Cross the script for his bittersweet romantic musical, La La Land, around March of 2014, right after Whiplash, their previous collaboration, played Sundance. At the same time Cross was given film references and inspirations for the script. As time went by, the editor also received mock-ups of music... »

Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams

January 8, 2017 | By
<em>Life, Animated</em> – Roger Ross Williams

This unbelievable, yet true, life story all began when a three-year-old disappeared. Not the horrible found in the woods type of disappeared, but suddenly he was lost to his family, stuck within the confines of his own head. It seemed as if he was just inextricably “gone.” When Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Ron Suskind... »

Best Documentary Contender – Tower

January 6, 2017 | By
Best Documentary Contender – <em>Tower</em>

On the morning of August 1, 1966, former Marine sharpshooter Charles Whitman ascended a University of Texas at Austin tower and began random targeting and firing upon passerby below across five city blocks for 96 chilling minutes. When he was finally killed by a policeman, Whitman had already shot 43 people, 13 of whom... »

Contender – Marcelo Zarvos, Fences

January 3, 2017 | By
Contender – Marcelo Zarvos, <em>Fences</em>

“We all know people who are lovable AND extremely hurtful,” began Marcelo Zarvos, the young looking composer of the movie, Fences. When Zarvos was first given the Fences script, he had already loved August Wilson’s play: a family saga with a blue-collar, frustrated, African American father at its center. Shot in hardboiled, dreary Pittsburgh,... »

John Gilroy — Editor of Rogue One

January 1, 2017 | By
John Gilroy — Editor of <em>Rogue One</em>

**WARNING – SELECT PLOT SPOILERS** When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October of 2012, it was a natural expectation that the studio would re-energize the dormant live-action landscape of the Star Wars saga. As George Lucas himself had first announced Star Wars to be a nine-part series, additional entries in the main nine, being episodes... »

Barry Robison on Designing “Hacksaw’s” Ridge — Down Under

January 1, 2017 | By
Barry Robison on Designing “<em>Hacksaw’s</em>” Ridge — Down Under

Production designer Barry Robison splits his time between Australia and the U.S., and has worked on films ranging from the historically-set Hidalgo, to installments of both the X-Men and Narnia franchises, with Wolverine and Voyage of the Dawn Treader, respectively. As the designer for director Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, he was once again doing... »

Contender – Cinematographer, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, Fences

December 27, 2016 | By
Contender – Cinematographer, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, <em>Fences</em>

Based upon the August Wilson play, Fences, tells the story of an African American father struggling with race relations, his own personal history and raising a family during the 1950’s. Although plays are a more heavily dialog-based art form than films, cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen did not feel it affected her shooting. Although she... »

Contender – Costumer Designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, Hidden Figures

December 19, 2016 | By
Contender – Costumer Designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, <em>Hidden Figures</em>

For Hidden Figures – about a team of African American women who “compute” the math data for NASA’s fi rst space missions – costume designer Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, had the opportunity to design for characters based upon three extraordinary women, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe).... »

Lion DP Greig Fraser’s Very Good Month

December 18, 2016 | By
<em>Lion</em> DP Greig Fraser’s Very Good Month

It’s been a good month for cinematographer Greig Fraser: His film, Lion, is winning accolades and snagged four Golden Globe nominations — including one for best picture in the drama category. At the same time, another film he shot opened in theaters, too. Called Rogue One, it’s set in the universe of an ongoing... »

Contender – Cinematographer, Adam Stone, Loving

December 15, 2016 | By
Contender – Cinematographer, Adam Stone, <em>Loving</em>

According to cinematographer Adam Stone, writer/director Jeff Nichols is very exacting with his words. Everything was spelled out in Loving, the story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), an interracial couple, whose fight to have their marriage recognized in their home state of Virginia, went all the way to the US... »

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