OFF THE CARPET: Sun came up

Posted by · 9:11 am · February 28th, 2011

Steven Spielberg couldn’t have put it more concisely during his presentation of the Best Picture category last night.  To paraphrase, he noted that whichever films did not happen to win Best Picture this year would join the ranks of numerous classics of the medium. Was it preemptive damage control?  I hope not.  Why be apologetic?  […]

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The top 10 shots of 2010: part two

Posted by · 10:49 am · February 23rd, 2011

In case you missed part one of this year’s top shots column, be sure to catch up before digging into the final five selections today. As I mentioned yesterday, it wasn’t exactly a banner year for singular images from films in 2010. And that’s certainly not a crime. But more to the point, what I […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: BAFTA ‘Speech’ sweep, ASC upset, Berlinale coverage

Posted by · 8:54 pm · February 18th, 2011

• To the surprise of precisely no one, hometown favorite “The King’s Speech” reigned supreme at the BAFTAs. • Before you go basing your Oscar predictions on the BAFTA outcome, Kris pointed out a crucial caveat. • “Inception” added another guild award to its mantel, as Wally Pfister beat Roger Deakins to the American Society […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Cinematography

Posted by · 10:19 am · February 15th, 2011

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) dished out its annual kudos this weekend, which makes for a nice segue into a discussion of the year’s nominees for Best Cinematography. But it’s important to keep a few things in mind when it comes to guessing what the Academy at large will spring for in this field. […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Final analysis, part two

Posted by · 9:48 am · January 21st, 2011

Yesterday I began a final look at the crafts categories. Today, a look at the four remaining fields: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing. BEST ART DIRECTION The precursors of the BFCA, BAFTA and Art Directors Guild have been fairly consistent in citing four titles in this category. Last […]

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‘King’s Speech,’ ‘Social Network’ among ASC nominees

Posted by · 6:06 pm · January 10th, 2011

Well, I was expecting this to drop tomorrow, but the ASC nominees have been announced (catch them at The Circuit), and there are a couple of surprises. Okay, well, Jeff Cronenweth getting in for “The Social Network” isn’t a complete surprise, as I mentioned this morning we should watch out for him here.  But Danny […]

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Predict the ASC nominees

Posted by · 9:32 am · January 10th, 2011

Now that the DGA has spoken, something to pass the time.  Tomorrow the crafts guilds continue to roll out the season as the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) offers its picks for the best work behind the camera in 2010.  This is perhaps my favorite of the below-the-line categories, so I thought I’d offer up […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The look of ‘Inception’

Posted by · 9:23 am · December 16th, 2010

Christopher Nolan has become known for making the Batman films look, and consequently feel, “real.”  His latest film, “Inception,” despite being a visual treat, also seemed a far cry from the CGI spectacles that normally dominate the blockbuster circuit.  It was very well-received by critics and certainly audiences alike and is currently enjoying a solid […]

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12/9 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: NYT mag’s actors gallery, Crystal’s advice to Oscarcast hosts and closure for Ronni Chasen

Posted by · 8:58 am · December 9th, 2010

• Fourteen actors acting: A video gallery of classic screen types. [New York Times Magazine] • Billy Crystal’s advice to this year’s Oscar hosts: “Look like you want to be there.” [Vulture] • “Animal Kingdom”‘s Jacki Weaver on her National Board of Review victory. [Little Gold Men]

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Zimmer, Pfister, ‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Iron Man 2’ kick off the season

Posted by · 10:12 am · September 16th, 2010

The first awards of the Oscar season have been announced for Carlos de Abreu’s Hollywood Film Festival.  Hans Zimmer will get some love for his “Inception” score, while Wally Pfister will be recognized for his work behind the camera on the film.  Meanwhile, “Toy Story 3” and “Iron Man 2” have been singled out for […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Cinematography — Volume I

Posted by · 10:58 am · July 23rd, 2010

Of the so-called “tech” categories, Best Cinematography is one of the most popular, certainly for me. The invention of the camera took us beyond radio and literature and set modern art on a path aimed toward the moving picture, and this field recognizes those behind the lens. Cinematography obviously has a massive impact on a […]

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So, is ‘Inception’ a go for Oscar?

Posted by · 5:08 pm · July 5th, 2010

Now that the review embargo walls have crashed on “Inception” (though most of what’s out there is web-based media as we’ll wait a while for print reactions), I guess it’s fair to dive into the awards implications of the film.  I preferred to stay away from that kind of talk in my review. The first […]

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Top lensers praise ‘Slumdog’ cinematography

Posted by · 12:15 pm · February 11th, 2009

Over at Variety, Robert Koehler has put together a survey of sorts of some of the industry’s top DPs to gauge their reaction to the year’s work behind the camera.  It could be a nice hint toward what the ASC will chose as the year’s best lensing, and judging by Koehler’s results, Anthony Dod Mantle’s […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Welcome to phase two

Posted by · 9:10 am · January 26th, 2009

The nominations and all their ghastly reality are behind us.  The first two major guilds have spoken.  “Slumdog Millionaire” continues a long, slow (too slow for Searchlight) march toward Oscar, and ironically enough, the only film to win two awards at last night’s SAG ceremony was the one a lot of people were pissed got […]

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Oh yeah — nominee reactions…

Posted by · 12:09 pm · January 25th, 2009

I didn’t do the usual nominee reaction thing this year since I was in route to Santa Barbara, but I did send off some emails to friends and acquaintances that found themselves in the mix first thing Thursday morning. Marisa Tomei could only manage an “OMG!” from her BlackBerry before likely being whisked away to […]

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The top 10 shots of 2008: part two

Posted by · 11:55 am · January 15th, 2009

Today we wrap up my list of the year’s best shots.  In case you missed it, have a look at part one here. Before digging into the top five today, I thought I would give a shout out to the images that almost made the cut, and there were a few.  For instance, who can […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Cinematography — Volume One

Posted by · 9:21 am · September 25th, 2008

Today we begin our in-depth looks at the individual crafts categories.  I’m a sucker for starting with my favorite: Best Cinematography. The art of film is reliant on the motion picture camera and those men and women who lend their talents behind the lens.  The Director of Photography is in charge of charge of capturing […]

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TDK, FYI

Posted by · 1:42 pm · July 19th, 2008

Much as I admire his spunk, I think Awards Daily contributor Ryan Adams might be getting ahead of himself with his Oscar hopes for “The Dark Knight.” In a recent post, he labels the categories of Best Makeup, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Supporting Actor and Best Visual Effects as “virtual certainties.” The […]

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