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Contender – Production Designer Yohei Taneda, The Hateful Eight

By Mark London Williams

If it would seem unlikely that studios would release two westerns at Christmas time, it might be unlikelier still that both would belong to that smaller sub-genre of “snow westerns.” Yet both The Revenant and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight find themselves in that same unique niche occupied by such under sung classics as... »

Director Adam McKay Sets the Record Straight in The Big Short

By Mary Ann Skweres

“I couldn’t get it out of my head,” admitted Adam McKay writer/director of The Big Short when talking about the original book by Michael Lewis that formed the basis for his film’s screenplay. McKay had picked up the book one night and finished by the next morning. His wife thought he was nuts. »

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... »

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 – Production Designer Ethan Tobman, Room

By Mary Ann Skweres

“When you are given a box, it is the only opportunity you are given to think outside of it,” stated Ethan Tobman, the production designer for Room, Lenny Abrahamson’s contained drama about Jack, a five-year-old (Jacob Tremblay), and his mother (Brie Larson) who escape forced confinement and then have to cope with an outside... »

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... »

Director George Miller’s Long and Winding Journey Making Mad Max: Fury Road

By Jack Egan

Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by George Miller, is not so much a sequel to the three Mad Max films that preceded it as a reinvention of the post-apocalyptic series launched into a higher orbit of mythological storytelling and non-stop kinetic action. Multi-camera digital cinematography by Oscar-winning director of photography John Seale (The English... »

Contender – Cinematographer Matthew Libatique, Straight Outta Compton

By Daron James

You lower the needle on the record and you hear Dre echo the words, “You’re about to witness the strength of street knowledge.” The beat drops and Ice Cube fiercely slaps your ears rapping three words that changed the game forever, “Straight outta Compton…” When Ice Cube announced in February 2014 that was he... »

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