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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... »

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 – Best Animated Feature Director Dean DeBlois, How To Train Your Dragon 2

By Phil Rhodes

As is more or less received wisdom in the creative industries, second acts are difficult. It's therefore fortuitous that How to Train Your Dragon 2 director, Dean DeBlois, as well as directing and writing credits including Mulan and Lilo and Stitch, also co-directed the original How To Train Your Dragon with Chris Sanders. »

Contender – Cinematographer Robert Elswit, Nightcrawler and Inherent Vice

By Jack Egan

Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit was the cinematographer on two quite different films this year: Nightcrawler and Inherent Vice. The only common thread is that both happen to be set in Southern California, which Elswit knows well because he grew up there. »

Contender – Cinematographer Roger Deakins, Unbroken

By Jack Egan

The latest movie by award-winning director of photography, Roger Deakins, is Unbroken, an ambitious World War II biopic helmed by Angelina Jolie in only her second time in the director’s chair. “The hardest thing for Angie and certainly for me as the cinematographer was to make it all feel and look like the same movie... »

Video of the Day: The Making of Boyhood

By Staff

IFC Films released a “Making of” video for Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood. This 10-minute featurette, spanning 12 years, gives an extensive look at the process of creating the film with behind-the-scenes interviews with Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. »

Contender – Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything

By Mary Ann Skweres

The score for The Theory of Everything, composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson, is perfectly tuned to the subject matter of the film. From the haunting piano and heavenly celeste, to the melodic theme that weaves throughout the narrative, the music creates a sense of wonderment that captures the essence of the life of Stephen Hawking... »

Contender – Visual Effects Artist Eric Durst, Snowpiercer

By Mark London Williams

Like the titular train from the 40-year-old French graphic novel on which it’s based, Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer zipped across the globe and arrived in American theaters this past summer. The film offered a dystopian sci-fi spectacle unique both for both studio-scale visuals in an independent release, and the sharp social critique set... »

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