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Contender – Sound Designer Mark Mangini Black Mass

By Mary Ann Skweres

According to sound designer, Mark Mangini, Black Mass director Scott Cooper had an earlier life as an actor and writer, but he would be the first to admit he doesn’t have deep expertise in any of the other disciplines. “He’ll be the first one to tell you, ‘I want you to be a part... »

Contender – Sound Mixer Mark Ulano, The Hateful Eight

By Daron James

If the sound community had a philosopher, it would be Mark Ulano. Sitting a mere five minutes with the sound mixer makes you understand why filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino want to work with him. »

Contender – Makeup And Hair Designer Lesley Vanderwalt, Mad Max: Fury Road

By Scott Essman

When writer-director George Miller rekindled his Mad Max franchise with the 2015 film, Mad Max: Fury Road, with the first of the films having been produced 36 years ago, he knew he would need to mix the classic elements of the series while bringing audiences a 21st century experience. Makeup and hair designer Lesley... »

Contender – Editor Elliot Graham, Steve Jobs

By Mary Ann Skweres

“Danny’s has been one of my idols, forever,” said editor Elliot Graham of Steve Jobs director, Danny Boyle. “A combination of Danny Boyle, Alan Sorkin and a bio of Steve Jobs is sort of the perfect storm of creative energies.” »

Contender – Editor Affonso Gonçalves, Carol

By Mary Ann Skweres

Editor Affonso Gonçalves built a language with director Todd Haynes when they first worked together on Mildred Pierce, “We really hit it off aesthetically. We hit it off socially and became friends and we kept in touch. He sent me the script for Carol and it was amazing. Honestly, I would do anything... »

Directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak Excel in Non-Verbal Dialog in Shaun The Sheep Movie

By Phil Rhodes

The world of stop-motion animation is, given the labor-intensive production process, one suited to only the most dedicated practitioners. On Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep, co-directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak shared the workload, combining Burton's background in comedy writing and Starzak's experience in animation on Aardman's previous productions. He accepts freely that “Animation... »

Contenders – Sound Editor and Mixers Christopher Aud and Aaron Glascock, Anomalisa

By Daron James

In what started as a stage play written by Charlie Kaufman, the stop-motion animated feature Anomalisa took over two years to finish before its Dec. 30 release date – even a successful Kickstarter campaign encouraged it to see the light of day. »

Contender – Editor Tom McArdle, Spotlight

By Doreen Alexander Child

For some odd reason, when editor Tom McArdle met director, Tom McCarthy in 2002, McCarthy couldn't get the editor's name right and kept calling him “Tim.” Despite the fact that their names sound nearly identical and they share the same middle name: Joseph, McCarthy's head was in the clouds. No matter. The two Toms... »

Contender – Cinematographer John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

By Jack Egan

Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale (The English Patient) parachuted in as director of photography on Mad Max: Fury Road replacing, Dean Semler. The Australian DP dropped out for personal reasons shortly before filming of the post-apocalyptic adventure was about to begin in Namibia. »

Contender – Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, Bridge Of Spies

By Jack Egan

It’s hard to imagine a Steven Spielberg movie without director of photography Janusz Kaminski behind the camera. And Bridge of Spies, the latest film from the director, renews the collaboration that began with Schindler’s List in 1993. His work on that film garnered Kaminski his first Oscar, followed by a second for the... »

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