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The 2015 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Short Films

February 13, 2015 | By
The 2015 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Short Films

The five Oscar-nominated films contending for this year's Best Live-Action Short Film remind us, like watching the film's tidy narratives in succession, that even brief encounters with strangers can net unexpected points of view, connections and outcomes we never thought possible. Mostly international efforts featuring unknown actors from up-and-coming filmmakers in Switzerland, Ireland, France, China, Israel and... »

Oscar-Nominated Cinematographers Offer an Impressive Array of Unique Looks

February 13, 2015 | By
Oscar-Nominated Cinematographers Offer an Impressive Array of Unique Looks

Each year as awards season rolls around, there’s rarely a shortage of splendid cinematography to choose from. But this year’s crop seems unusually bountiful and impressively varied in look. Directors of photography have availed themselves of everything in their toolkit – at a time when film and digital camera options still remain available –... »

Diverse Hair and Makeup Accomplishments Vie for Academy Award

February 4, 2015 | By
Diverse Hair and Makeup Accomplishments Vie for Academy Award

The three films that were nominated on Jan. 15 for an Oscar by the makeup branch membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences represent a healthy diversity in not only the types of films being considered, but also in their different approaches to makeup and hairstyling artistry. »

Best Cinematography Oscar Nominees Run the Gamut in Look and Technique

February 24, 2014 | By
Best Cinematography Oscar Nominees Run the Gamut in Look and Technique

Many movie critics have talked of the high-quality and diversity of this year’s Oscar nominees for best motion picture, that may in the future be ranked with the storied contenders of 1939, which included Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. This year’s five best cinematography nominees, along with others who did... »

For Your Consideration – Diverse Achievements Represented by Makeup Oscar Nominees

February 12, 2014 | By
For Your Consideration – Diverse Achievements Represented by Makeup Oscar Nominees

While several large-scale prosthetic films were not finalists for best makeup at the 2014 Oscars, including such movies as the newest fantasy-driven Hobbit installment plus detailed period and realism in makeup as was featured in the 1970s car racing film Rush, the Academy’s makeup artistry and hairstyling branch selected three films whose work represented... »

For Your Consideration – A Dazzling Year for Cinematography

February 1, 2013 | By
For Your Consideration – A Dazzling Year for Cinematography

Many critics have opined that 2012 was an exceptional one for movies, both in overall excellence and in their wide range of subject matter. The art and craft of cinematography also scaled new heights. “We’re in a kind of golden age of cinematography,” said director of photography Steven Poster, president of the International Cinematographers... »

For Your Consideration – What Makes for Award-Winning Sound Editing

January 31, 2013 | By
For Your Consideration – What Makes for Award-Winning Sound Editing

It’s a given that all the top choices for best sound editing are first-rate candidates. After all, if a picture is an awards contender, every element of the film, including sound, has to be at the top-tier of its craft to even be under consideration. Ultimately though, the best sound editing is linked to... »

For Your Consideration – The Year in Visual Effects

January 30, 2013 | By
For Your Consideration – The Year in Visual Effects

As nearly every film now contains some kind of visual effect, since almost every movie – certainly the studio-made ones – has some kind of digital component or enhancement in its production, the field for possible visual effects contenders would seem to grow each year. »

For Your Consideration – Production Design: Creating Other Worlds

January 30, 2013 | By
For Your Consideration – Production Design: Creating Other Worlds

Production design can often be taken for granted. After all, it is easy to accept the world presented on screen at face value. When considered, however, production design is a meticulous, consummate art, where all the art departments merge to recreate other worlds. The achievement in production design nominees for the 85th Academy Awards... »

For Your Consideration – Movie Makeup in the Spotlight

January 28, 2013 | By
For Your Consideration – Movie Makeup in the Spotlight

Cinema makeup and hairstyling artistry is so evidently crucial to a film’s success, it remains a wonder that it received almost no attention whatsoever from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from its establishment in 1927 until films that were released in 1981, over half of a century onward. Indeed, in... »