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Chi-Raq: Spike Lee’s Battle of the Sexes

By Mary Ann Skweres

In directing Chi-Raq, Spike Lee takes on the rampant gang violence plaguing Chicago using bold choices in his present-day interpretation of Aristophanes’ Greek satire, Lysistrata. As in the original play written 2,500 years ago, a group of women vow to boycott sex with their men until they put down their weapons and end the... »

Contender – Director and Cinematographer Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts Of No Nation

By Jack Egan

Beasts of No Nation, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, is a shocking but also touching human drama about the tens of thousands of youngsters who are enlisted and coerced into becoming child soldiers in the bloody conflicts that are a fact of life in many African nations. »

Contenders – Editors Maryann Brandon And Mary Jo Markey, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By Scott Essman

Having edited all of J.J. Abrams feature films, the team of Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey might have assumed that they would work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though a sure thing is not always as it seems in the unpredictable film business. Nevertheless, Brandon and Markey did indeed join Abrams’ team... »

Director Ridley Scott On The Martian

By Phil Rhodes

It's difficult to introduce the director of Alien, Blade Runner, and Prometheus, at least in the context of a science fiction such as The Martian, without the risk of history influencing the debate. Nonetheless, it remains true that Ridley Scott was in the process of “prepping a film that I'm doing now in Sydney... »

Contender – Makeup Artist Dave Elsey, Mr. Holmes

By Scott Essman

To create a new screen version of the classic character of Sherlock Holmes, Oscar-winning makeup artist Dave Elsey (2010’s The Wolfman) was brought onto director Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes for a very special challenge: take actor Ian McKellen and age him to play a geriatric Holmes. “Ian’s in his 70s, but he’s very sprightly,... »

Contender – Cinematographer Danny Cohen, Room and The Danish Girl

By Jack Egan

Director of photography Danny Cohen lensed two movies released this year, and they couldn’t be more different in subject matter and in their look. Room is about a mother, Ma, and her 5-year-old son Jack. The two have been kept locked up for years in a 10 x 10 room by Old Nick, their... »

Contender – VFX Supervisor Andrew Whitehurst, Ex Machina

By Phil Rhodes

An educational background in fine art doesn't directly suggest a career in visual effects. Andrew Whitehurst recalls with a smile that “If I'd been asked what I'd end up doing, I wouldn't have said VFX”. Combine the arts with “an interest in the moving image an interest in computers”, though, and the stage... »

Contender – Editor Peter Beaudreau, Beasts Of No Nation

By Mary Ann Skweres

Editor Peter Beaudreau first met director Cary Joji Fukunaga at the Sundance director’s lab when they were participants as editor and director respectively. Unfortunately, when Beasts of No Nation went into production, Beaudreau was on a different film, so editor Mikkel E.G. Nielsen worked on the film until January 2015. In December 2014, Beaudreau... »

Director Tom Hooper Brings The Danish Girl To Life

By Mary Ann Skweres

The Danish Girl has been in development for over 10 years, since the publication of David Ebershoff’s debut novel of the same name in 2000. At its heart, the film is a love story between artists Lili Elbe(Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and art transform when Lili discovers her true... »

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