OSCAR GUIDE: Best Art Direction

Posted by · 10:41 am · February 15th, 2010

Over the weekend the Art Directors Guild handed out their awards in three categories: period, fantasy and contemporary.  And it’s a good thing they have the contemporary field since the Academy recognizing that kind of work is like Haley’s Comet. The Best Art Direction category recognizes both the production designer and the set decorator of […]

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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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9/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 6:32 am · September 3rd, 2009

• When will Quentin Tarantino do away with the filmic pretense and capitalize on his true original talent and potential? [The Film Stage] • Patrick Goldstein gets cock-blocked by Oprah Winfrey. [The Big Picture] • Anne Thompson spotlights 10 hot titles waiting to be bought at Toronto. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Art Direction — Volume I

Posted by · 12:30 pm · August 20th, 2009

Sets and props can create a time period, an era or simply the feel of a scene.  And the individuals involved in this process are awarded by the Academy in the category of Best Art Direction. Ironically, the art director of a film is not recognized here. Rather, the production designer – the art department […]

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