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For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects Artists

February 19, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects Artists

The best compliment you can pay to visual effects artists is to not even notice their work. Of course, we all know that the Millennium Falcon isn’t real, but the vicious bear in The Revenant just might be. That’s the reason the Visual Effects Society makes the distinction between “outstanding visual effects” and “outstanding... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

February 18, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

Cartoons – going back to the era of a whistling Mickey in Steamboat Willie – have seemed fundamental to the whole idea of movies that captured the collective consciousness in the 20th century. So much so, that you might assume that the Oscars, going back to their founding in the late 1920’s, have had a... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Hair and Makeup Artists

February 17, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Hair and Makeup Artists

Often, the specific release date of a feature film is the result of many factors: the length of a film’s production and, more importantly, postproduction schedule, the studio’s internal marketing strategy and external factors including weather complications, performer injuries, the availability of locations, and other aspects. As such, in any one year, a list... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Editors

February 16, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Editors

The Academy Awards honors two categories in sound that may seem confounding but there’s a simple distinction between the awards. Sound editing references all the sound elements created for a film besides its music – the sound effects, foley, dialogue, or ADR – an example, the lightsaber in Star Wars or you can look... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Production Designers

February 12, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Production Designers

A Martian landscape. The desolate desert in a post-apocalyptic world. Cold War Berlin. The forbidding frontier wilderness of 1820s America. Atmospheric Copenhagen in the 1920s. These are the tactile and tangible worlds created by this year’s Oscar-nominated production designers: Arthur Max for The Martian, Colin Gibson for Mad Mad: Fury Road,... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Mixers

February 11, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Sound Mixers

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded the same year The Jazz Singer was released and recognized the first achievement in sound during its third awards show. Douglas Shearer for The Big House (1929-1930). Eighty-five galas later, five prestigious films fill the best sound mixing category as nominees – Bridge of... »

For Your Consideration ­- The Oscar-Nominated Editors

February 10, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration ­- The Oscar-Nominated Editors

The 2015 Oscar nominations for the art and craft of editing spanned a variety of genres, from big action films Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, to performance-driven dramas The Revenant and Spotlight, and the multiple-story line comedy The Big Short. Judging the editing in such a... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Costume Designers

February 9, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Costume Designers

Costume design is more than just about clothing. It is about expressing who a character is and telling stories about those characters. Costume design can be seamless sometimes. Oftentimes it does not stand out on its own but rather serves to describe things about a character that cannot be achieved any other way. In... »

For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Cinematographers

February 1, 2016 | By
For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Cinematographers

The accomplishments of motion picture cinematographers over the past year have been dazzling—adventurous and refined, daring and sophisticated. It seems to get more amazing every year. Directors of photography keep expanding the boundaries of their craft, creating unforgettable images, while painting with light, as they always have throughout the history of the movies. Though... »

A Look at the 2015 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

February 13, 2015 | By
A Look at the 2015 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

This year's Oscar nominees for best animated short film form a moving, stylistically diverse collection of entertaining confections built on mature themes that wryly dissect the perils of childhood, friendship, romance, family dynamics and aging. Still, with the form's roots in comedy, humor mostly prevails, some of it darkly flipping the narrative on its... »

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