Interviews with the winners

Posted by · 10:25 am · March 8th, 2010

Before we close the book on 2009, here’s one last rundown of our interviews with this year’s Oscar recipients.  It was lovely to meet with them all as this was truly, for the most part, a season of camaraderie. “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos (Best Documentary Feature) “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges (Best Actor) Ryan Bingham and […]

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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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2/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:29 am · February 17th, 2010

• David Poland sits down with Mark Boal and, separately, Paul Ottosson and Ray Beckett to talk “The Hurt Locker.” [The Hot Blog] • Saoirse Ronan talks “The Lovely Bones” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph] • Chris Jones profiles Roger Ebert, the man and his thumbs. [Esquire]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Sound Editing

Posted by · 10:43 am · February 16th, 2010

This year marked the first year in recent memory that the Motion Picture Sound Editors offered up its list of nominees prior to the Oscar nominations announcement rather than after. Generally that batch of tea leaves is therefore elusive for those of us looking for indicators along the way. Nevertheless, there wasn’t a huge shift […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Sound Mixing

Posted by · 10:52 am · February 9th, 2010

The year’s sound mixing category had relatively few surprises, just glancing at the tea leaves of the season.  There was a typical 4/5 crossover between the Cinema Audio Society and the Academy, with “District 9” missing both here and in the sound editing field. One might be quick to chalk this, in fact all of […]

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1/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:02 am · January 11th, 2010

• Dave McNary catches up with the thin WGA field story.  (Nominees will be announced later this morning.) [Variety] • The local rag continues to step up its crafts coverage, spotlights “The Hurt Locker” sound mixer (and sound editor) Paul Ottosson. [Los Angeles Times] • On the non-actor terminated from Jason Reitman’s “Up in the […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The crafts of ‘The Hurt Locker’

Posted by · 5:25 pm · January 7th, 2010

When it comes to extravagant Hollywood blockbusters, we’ve become accustomed to the phrase “the money is up on the screen” – delighting in the filmmakers’ own delight in the tools and tricks at their disposal. “The Hurt Locker,” however, invites a very different kind of wonder. An independent with a budget of a mere $11 […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Mixing — Volume II

Posted by · 5:53 pm · November 12th, 2009

As a recap from the last time we covered this field, the category of Best Sound Mixing (formerly known as merely Best Sound) rewards re-recording mixers — individuals who mix music, dialogue, effects and everything else into the soundtrack we ultimately hear — as well as production sound mixer — those responsible for capturing the […]

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