Interviews with the nominees

Posted by · 9:14 am · March 5th, 2010

As we head into the big weekend of this year’s hotly anticipated Academy Awards telecast, I thought I’d toss this list up once more, broken down by film. We’ve added to it a bit since the nominees were announced. And if you’d like to re-live the season so far, you can see how things have […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Costume Design

Posted by · 9:34 am · March 2nd, 2010

For three straight years the Academy Award for Best Costume Design has gone to a film that received no other Oscars. In each case, the films could be considered “period porn,” as it were, lavish productions with massive thread ensembles. “Most Costume Design” would be a more applicable moniker for the award, given how the […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The crafts of ‘Bright Star’

Posted by · 12:34 pm · February 11th, 2010

It’s not every year that my biggest cheer on Oscar nomination morning comes in the technical categories, but such was the case last week when Janet Patterson’s name showed up in the Best Costume Design lineup. Patterson’s inclusion (following a senseless Guild snub) is gratifying not merely as recognition for her tangibly textured, richly story-serving […]

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2/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:25 am · February 9th, 2010

• Owen Gleiberman nobly asserts that thick-headed attacks on “Precious” as beginning to “say more about the attackers.” [Entertainment Weekly] • Michelle Griffin sits down with quasi-surprise nominee Janet Patterson to discuss the threads of “Bright Star.” [The Age] • Anne Thompson goes back and forth with Moviefone’s Jack Matthews on the subject of Quentin […]

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Sketches of ‘Star’

Posted by · 5:21 am · January 19th, 2010

As the season has broken down some pundits to the point of pondering whether or not “The Hangover” has a shot at a Best Picture nomination, it really does seem an eternity ago that “Bright Star” was even in the conversation. With Jane Campion’s film ridiculously failing to secure even technical Guild recognition so far, […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Art Direction — Volume II

Posted by · 11:01 am · November 5th, 2009

When I first addressed the race for Best Art Direction in August, I spoke of how the branch tends to favor period pieces and fantasy films. Considering the research involved in the former and the often showy creativity on display in the latter, this is hardly surprising. That said, I often feel badly for exceptional […]

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LONDON: A thing of beauty

Posted by · 1:02 pm · October 19th, 2009

Regular readers will know that Kris and I frequently disagree as to the merits of certain films — and cheerfully so, since a range of opinion is kind of the point of having multiple contributors to a site like this. But I don’t think our opinions have ever been so sharply opposed as they are […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Costume Design — Volume II

Posted by · 10:42 am · October 16th, 2009

Since I last analyzed the costume design category in July, a number of the contenders are still waiting to be seen, though several have opened and we’ve seen glimpses from others. While the number of movers and shakers hasn’t been enormous, there has still been enough movement – and more insight gained – to warrant […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Costume Design — Volume I

Posted by · 11:51 am · July 30th, 2009

Movie stars are often given much attention for the fashion that they sport off-screen. Seldom does the on-screen attire garner as much publicity. Nevertheless, the Academy Award for Best Costume Design recognizes those talented men and women who design the threads actors wear on screen. Not only does this work add to the elegance and […]

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