TECH SUPPORT: Final predictions

Posted by · 5:27 pm · February 18th, 2009

After six months of Tech Support previews and interviews, the films have arrived, the nominations have been announced and the guilds, the critics and BAFTA have all announced their preferences.  Today we take a final look at the races before the envelopes are opened on Sunday. BEST ART DIRECTION After guild and BAFTA wins, I […]

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What the techies think

Posted by · 5:22 pm · February 11th, 2009

There’s an interesting article in Popular Mechanics, in which several industry experts offer their own predictions in a number of technical categories. Like Kris’ earlier post about the DPs’ thumbs-up to “Slumdog Millionaire,” it offers a perspective on the race that can widely differ from that of critics, audiences and even the Academy itself. I’ve […]

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Visual Effects Society nominees

Posted by · 2:19 am · January 19th, 2009

Oh yeah, another guild (well, industry award I should say) this week: the Visual Effects Society (VES).  The group’s typically unnavigable list of kudos contenders can be found below and after the jump. It’s interesting to note “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” having a decent showing throughout, yet failing to make it to the […]

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Art Directors Guild Nominees

Posted by · 9:47 am · January 9th, 2009

Period Films “Changeling” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “Doubt” “Frost/Nixon” “Milk” Fantasy Films “The Dark Knight” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” “Iron Man” “The Spiderwick Chronicles” “WALL-E” Contemporary Films “Burn After Reading” “Gran Torino” “Quantum of Solace” “Slumdog Millionaire” “The Wrestler” Alright, so more surprising guild love for “The Wrestler.”  […]

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AMPAS narrows the visual effects field to seven

Posted by · 10:11 am · January 6th, 2009

Last month, the Academy whittled the contenders for Best Visual Effects down to 15 hopefuls.  Today, the branch has chipped away at it further. And then there were seven: “Australia” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “Iron Man” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” “The Mummy: […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Best Makeup contenders narrow to seven

Posted by · 9:13 pm · January 5th, 2009

The first bake-off of the season is here, narrowing the Oscar contenders for Best Makeup down to seven.  The finalists are: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “The Reader” “Synecdoche, New York” “Tropic Thunder” “The Wrestler” No major surprises here.  My predicted three are still in the […]

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15 films vie for visual effects recognition

Posted by · 7:41 pm · December 12th, 2008

A little late to the party on this.  Been out, so, apologies.  But it looks like AMPAS has narrowed the Best Visual Effects field to 15 contenders, as follows: “Australia” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” “Cloverfield” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” “Hancock” “Hellboy II: […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Makeup — Volume One

Posted by · 11:48 am · November 13th, 2008

“Norbit.” “Click.” “The Time Machine.” “Life.” What do all of these dreadful films have in common? They are Oscar nominees because of the category of Best Makeup! I will give this branch kudos for often willing to think outside the box but they still manage to be quite bizarre in their choice of nominees more […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Art Direction — Volume One

Posted by · 7:52 am · October 23rd, 2008

The Academy Award for Best Art Direction is somewhat of an odd category in that the art director does not actually receive a nomination or statuette.  Rather, the award is given to two individuals with unique roles in the crafting of a film’s sets.  The production designer heads up the entire art department, specifically in […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume One

Posted by · 9:45 am · October 16th, 2008

While cinematographers and film music composers may sometimes find themselves featured in the media more than many of their crafts artist colleagues, the one “tech” discipline awarded by the Academy that often brings people into the movie theaters on its own is visual effects. The category is whittled down to three nominees after the year’s […]

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In honor of the comic book film summer that was…

Posted by · 6:22 pm · August 5th, 2008

The cover of “The Invincible Iron Man” #9 with Stark duking it out with The Incredible Hulk and the cover of “Detective Comics” #583, the Dark Knight himself drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola:

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“Boo-yaaaa”

Posted by · 3:49 pm · July 22nd, 2008

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbaA68jYYek

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What’s the best superhero movie of all time?

Posted by · 1:09 pm · July 20th, 2008

Well it looks like those of us who were banking on more than $145 million for “The Dark Knight”‘s opening weekend were spot-on, as news of numbers pushing past $150 million rolls in. Meanwhile, last week’s poll had most voters expecting more than $350 million for a total domestic gross. I’d say that’s quite reachable […]

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