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Contender – Cinematographer Dick Pope, Mr. Turner

By Jack Egan

In his latest movie Mr. Turner, British director Mike Leigh immerses audiences in the early 19th century world of J.M.W. Turner. Turner is considered to be one of England’s greatest artists as well as the precursor of Impressionism, and is known as “the painter of light.” (His final deathbed utterance: “The Sun is God.”)... »

J.C. Chandor Revisits New York of the ’80s in A Most Violent Year

By Michelle Paradis

J.C. Chandor is excited to be putting A Most Violent Year into the world. Written also by the director, the film, set in New York during the winter of 1981, statistically the most violent year in the city's history, tracks the story of a man (Oscar Issac) as he attempts to protect his wife... »

Contender – Sound Editor Paul Ottosson, Fury

By Kyle Cunningham

To present as authentic a war zone as possible, the filmmakers behind Fury got up close and personal with some of World War II's most dangerous machines. For three-time Oscar winner and the film's supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer and sound designer Paul Ottosson (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker), this included being amongst... »

Contenders – Sound Mixers Renee Tondelli, Blake Leyh, Mike Prestwood Smith and Michael Keller, Into the Woods

By Mary Ann Skweres

The integration of music, dialog and movement was integral to director Rob Marshall‘s fairy tale re-telling, Into the Woods. The important role of sound, and the need to record music in advance of production, meant that sound supervisor, Renee Tondelli, was first contacted when the director was doing read-throughs. The production process deviated from... »

Contenders – Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, Boxtrolls

By Phil Rhodes

Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's film The Boxtrolls ends with a shot in which a long pull-out begins to reveal an animator at work around the foot-high puppets with which the film was shot. The fact that modern audiences may actually need this reminder of the almost absurd amount of effort that's intrinsic to... »

Contender – Production Designer Mark Friedberg, Noah

By Phil Rhodes

“Once you've picked up the Bible, you're asking for it as far as commentary goes,” production designer Mark Friedberg admitted. In the end, of course, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah defied these concerns, thanks to Friedberg's collaboration with the director to produce such a believable, yet powerfully allegorical world. »

Contenders – Sound Editors/Mixers Tom Hammond, Ethan Andrus, Ben Lowry and Ben Lazard, Boyhood

By Mary Ann Skweres

The coming-of-age saga, Boyhood, was shot for several days every year for 12 years. Tom Hammond, the sound supervisor and re-recording mixer, has worked many times with the director, Richard Linklater. Although Hammond was on the film from the start of production through the final mix, and key crew generally returned on an annual... »

Contenders – Editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach, American Sniper

By Mary Ann Skweres

American Sniper tells the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a sniper whose skills earned him the moniker “Legend,” and his struggles to leave the war behind as he alternates between four tours of duty and time with his wife and family stateside. »

Contender – Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, Big Eyes

By Jack Egan

One of the most captivating things about Bruno Delbonnel’s cinematography for Big Eyes is the film’s California Kodachrome look, harkening back to magazine photography of the 1950s and early 1960s, the era depicted in director Tim Burton’s quirky new biopic. »

Contender – Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner

By Michelle Paradis

Characterization, the art of defining each character individually and specifically, is the most important part of the costume design process for Jacqueline Durran, whose impeccable work can now be seen in Mr. Turner, director Mike Leigh's film about the eccentric painter J.M.W. Turner. Durran won an Academy Award for her achievement in Anna Karenina... »

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