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Watch: Pixar Short ‘Dante’s Lunch’ Introduces Us to the Determined Dog from ‘Coco’

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Watch: Pixar Short ‘Dante’s Lunch’ Introduces Us to the Determined Dog from ‘Coco’
While Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory didn’t make a splash at this year’s Academy Awards, the studio did take home a trophy for the short film attached that was attached to it, Alan Barillaro’s adorable Piper. Now the company has released its latest short, Dante’s Lunch, which serves as a nice introduction to the determined, long-tongued dog that will appear in Pixar’s […]

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89th Oscar Winners – Moonlight Takes Home Best Picture

In one of the biggest shocks in Academy Awards history, the final award of the night, Best Picture, was mistakenly announced.

Moonlight won best picture at the 89th Oscars after La La Land was erroneously reported announced as the winner.

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read La La Land right after Emma Stone won best actress for her role in the modern-day musical. After the cast took the stage, a producer for La La Land corrected things and said, “[Actually] ‘Moonlight’ is the winner … this is not a joke.”

The La Times exclusively spoke to best picture presenter Warren Beatty backstage after the history-making mistake that briefly awarded La La Land the honor instead of rightful winner Moonlight and the legendary director explained what happened onstage.

“I looked down at the card and thought, ‘This is very strange, because it says best actress.’ Maybe there was a misprint. I don’t know what happened.
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Oscars 2017 - Complete Winners list

Oscar Winners: Results of the 89th Oscar Awards are here.

Best picture: Moonlight

Lead actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Lead actress: Emma Stone, La La Land

Supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Supporting actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best director: La La Land, Damien Chazelle

Animated feature: Zootopia, Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Animated shortfilm: Piper, Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Adapted screenplay: Moonlight, Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraneyOriginal screenplay: Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan

Cinematography: La La Land, Linus Sandgren

Best documentary feature: O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

Best documentary...
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2017 Oscars: Best Cinematography, Sound, Visual Effects — Craft Awards

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2017 Oscars: Best Cinematography, Sound, Visual Effects — Craft Awards
La La Land,” as expected, dominated the Oscar crafts, with Damien Chazelle’s musical valentine taking four awards for cinematography, production design, score, and original song. Still, it was predicted to win at least three more.

And it was a great night for Disney and its trio of winners: the zeitgeist-grabbing “Zootopia” (animated feature), Disney Animation’s third Oscar in four years, which trumpeted tolerance ahead of the Presidential election; Alan Barillaro’s fine-feathered “Piper” (animated short), Pixar’s R&D sculpting project that ended its 15-year shorts drought; and Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” (VFX), which innovated photographic-based realism. The award was shared by production VFX supervisor Rob Legato, Mpc’s VFX supervisor Adam Valdez, Weta Digital’s VFX supervisor Dan Lemmon, and Andrew R. Jones, the animation supervisor.

In winning his third Oscar, Legato expanded a live-action ethos for believably integrating virtual characters and environments (created by
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2017 Oscar Winners List

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2017 Oscar Winners List
Tonight is Hollywood's big night, with the 89th Oscars being broadcast live on ABC tonight, starting at 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Pt. We'll be watching the awards being handed out live and updating this full list of winners as the telecast goes on. Jimmy Kimmel hosts this year's Oscar telecast, with La La Land currently the front runner to take home many of the major awards.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Monday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 21.

Leading the way for this year's awards
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Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List

Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List
The 89th Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, honoring the best in film from the past year.

All eyes will be on “La La Land,” which tied the all-time record with 14 nominations. It’s widely seen as the frontrunner for best picture, and is in the running for top awards like best actor, actress, and director.

Other top competitors include “Arrival” and “Moonlight,” which nabbed eight nominations each. Three films — “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion,” and “Manchester by the Sea” — follow those up with six noms apiece.

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Every Oscar Best Picture Winner

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the ceremony, which airs live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre. Keep up with an updated winners list below.

Best picture:

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Lead actor:

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,
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Film Review: ‘2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation’

Film Review: ‘2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation’
This year, there’s a switcheroo afoot in Oscar’s two animation categories: Michaël Dudok de Wit’s gorgeous desert-island fable “The Red Turtle” is a rare, snowflake-singular work of art, made possible after producers at Japan’s celebrated Studio Ghibli fell in love with the director’s 2001 Oscar-winning short “Fathers and Daughter” and approached the helmer about collaborating on a feature. Meanwhile, four of the directors represented in this year’s animated short category have worked on Oscar-winning features, but are branching out in an effort to try more personal work. The results are a mixed bag, but make for entertaining viewing in ShortsHD’s annual theatrical package, which also includes three bonus toons that didn’t make Oscar’s cut.

Chances are you’ve already seen “Piper.” Directed by 20-year Pixar veteran Alan Barillaro, the 6-minute short played before the studio’s hit discombobulated-fish sequel “Finding Dory,” which
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Oscar Week 2017: The Shorts

In the week leading up to the 89th Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories. All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Wamg attended the annual AMPAS reception featuring the 2016 Oscar nominated films in the Animated and Live-Action Short Film categories. The program featured screenings of all the nominated films in these categories, plus an onstage discussion with the filmmakers.

The evening was hosted by director Tim Miller (Deadpool), who himself was nominated in the Animated Short category in 2005 (Gopher Broke). In his opening comments, a clearly emotional Miller spoke about shorts being, for most filmmakers, a labor of love rather than a means to getting awards and accolades.
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Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (89th Academy Awards) review

MaryAnn’s quick take… My pick: “Pearl” [pictured], blending new Vr tech with old-fashioned characters and emotions, demonstrating storytelling possibilities that are beginning to open up. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The lessons and legacies parents pass on to their children. The dangers of not living in the present… or living too much in the present. These are the motifs woven through the five short animated films nominated for the Oscar this year.

Pearl” is a lovely sketch of the creative bond between a father and daughter.

My favorite, and the one I’d like to see win, is “Pearl” [IMDb], from Disney animator Patrick Osborne (Big Hero 6), who won in this category two years ago with his delightful “Feast.” A lovely sketch of a relationship between a father and daughter from their rough early
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Oscar-nominated ‘Piper’ director Alan Barillaro on creating ‘a story about my own kids’ for animated short film [Watch]

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“It’s very surreal,” admits director Alan Barillaro as we chat via webcam (watch above) about his Oscar nomination for the animated short film “Piper.” “There’s been wonderful films made this year, so you’re just really proud to be among them.” The Pixar-produced short, which played in front of the studio’s summer release “Finding Dory,” centers on a baby […]
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Oscar-Animated Short Nominees Break With Tradition

Oscar-Animated Short Nominees Break With Tradition
This year’s nominees for animated short run the gamut of emotions, from tragedy to joy. In many cases, they also stretch the bounds of what’s traditionally expected in animation.

Nominee Theodore Ushev, director of “Blind Vaysha,” notes that indie animation typically has thought-provoking, darker, themes, but may have flown under the Acad’s radar in the past. “I see enormous progress in the Academy’s choices,” Ushev says. “It’s evolved in a good direction recently, really recognizing the differences and diversity in the art of animation. Animation is not only for kids, not only for entertainment. I made my film for kids from 9 to 99.”

Fellow nominee, “Borrowed Time” co-director Lou Hamou-Lhadj, echoes Ushev’s view: “We were a bit frustrated with the lack of breadth in stories told through animation in America, and wanted to contribute to the medium by helping illustrate that it isn’t merely a children’s film genre,
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Review: The 2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation

Ahead of the Academy Awards, we’re reviewing each short category. See the Animation section below and the other shorts sections here.

Blind Vaysha – Canada – 8 minutes

I did a double take upon hearing Theodore Ushev‘s name alongside his animated short Blind Vaysha during the Oscar nominations because I’ve watched his work progress the past five years. This Canadian by way of Bulgaria is a Toronto International Film Festival staple, a guy who alters his aesthetic with every new project. Whether rotoscoping, hybridizing Cubism and Constructivism, or dabbling in Abstract Expressionism, though, you always know it’s an Ushev film because of its content and craftsmanship. His latest is no different, the adoption of woodcutting lending an old school storybook feel to a tale that speaks towards today’s climate of hope and despair. Narrated by Caroline Dhavernas, Vaysha’s story begs us to open our eyes and see
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‘Piper’: How Pixar Turned R&D Into an Oscar-Contending Short (Exclusive Video)

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‘Piper’: How Pixar Turned R&D Into an Oscar-Contending Short (Exclusive Video)
It’s been 15 years since Pixar won the Oscar for Ralph Eggleston’s”For the Birds,” and it has another fine-feathered gem in Alan Barillaro’s “Piper” that’s getting lots of buzz (watch the clip below).

In “Piper,” a baby sandpiper overcomes a fear of water as part of her rite of passage. But, uncharacteristically, the short began as an R&D project in the tools department to create greater sculpting control for the artists. They used the new RenderMan Ris platform for photoreal shading and lighting (first used on the “Finding Dory” feature).

Read More: Annie Awards: ‘Zootopia,’ ‘The Red Turtle’ Take Animated Feature, Indie Honors

“For me, the goal was to make computer animation more expressive,” Barillaro told IndieWire. “There’s more personal stories we can tell and more visual language we can use with the toolset. How do we tell a story with little birds that’s not anthropomorphized?
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Where to Watch This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Animated and Live-Action Shorts

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Where to Watch This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Animated and Live-Action Shorts
With the 2017 Academy Awards just around the corner, it’s time to race to theaters to see this year’s contenders like La La Land and Hidden Figures. But don’t forget about the often overlooked categories of Best Animated Short and Best Live-Action Short.

Ranging from heartbreaking to inspirational, the nominees in these categories are worth a watch. And the best part? Even with 10 films to watch, it’s not a big time commitment!

Find out how to watch the projects ahead of the Feb. 26 award ceremony.

How to Watch Animated Short Film Nominees:

Blind Vaysha

This short from
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‘Zootopia’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Winners List)

‘Zootopia’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards (Winners List)
Disney’s “Zootopia” is on a roll, following up its Golden Globes victory by topping the 44th Annual Annie Awards with six wins, including best animated feature.

As a studio, Disney racked up 10 awards total on the animation industry’s big night, presented by Asifa-Hollywood on Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Zootopia” directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore as well as writers Jared Bush and Phil Johnston took trophies, as did Cory Loftis for character design, Dean Wellins for storyboarding, and Jason Bateman, the voice of fox Nick Wilde, who shared the voice acting in a feature win with “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho.

In addition to Cravalho’s win, Disney’s “Moana” took home an Annie for animated effects in a feature (Marlon West, Erin V. Ramos, Blair Pierpont, Ian J. Coony, and John M. Kosnik).

Disney rounded out its night with wins for its TV series “Disney Mickey Mouse” (Illya Owens for editorial in
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‘Zootopia’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards

‘Zootopia’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards
Disney’s “Zootopia” is on a roll, following up its Golden Globes victory by topping the 44th Annual Annie Awards with six wins, including best animated feature.

As a studio, Disney racked up 10 awards total on the animation industry’s big night, presented by Asifa-Hollywood on Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Zootopia” directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore as well as writers Jared Bush and Phil Johnston took trophies, as did Cory Loftis for character design, Dean Wellins for storyboarding, and Jason Bateman, the voice of fox Nick Wilde, who shared the voice acting in a feature win with “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho.

In addition to Cravalho’s win, Disney’s “Moana” took home an Annie for animated effects in a feature (Marlon West, Erin V. Ramos, Blair Pierpont, Ian J. Coony, and John M. Kosnik).

Disney rounded out its night with wins for its TV series “Disney
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Get to Know ‘Pearl’ — the First Oscar-Nominated Virtual Reality Film

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Pearl’ (Courtesy: Google Spotlight Stories)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Those of you who haven’t been taking virtual reality seriously should start doing so right now. For the first time ever, the Oscars have nominated a Vr film, which means the filmmaking style is officially taking hold and is undoubtedly here to stay — at least for the time being. Pearl has snagged a nomination in the best animated short category and stands a chance at winning big. Let’s take a look at what this moment means for the future of Vr and how it stands against the competition.

Pearl — a 2016 film by Google Spotlight Story and Evil Eye Pictures — tells the story of a girl and her dad chasing their dreams as they cross the United States in an old hatchback, their makeshift home, named Pearl. Music, created by both the father and daughter, is at the center
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Oscars 2017 Animated Shorts: Will ‘Piper’ End Pixar’s 16-Year Drought?

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Oscars 2017 Animated Shorts: Will ‘Piper’ End Pixar’s 16-Year Drought?
It’s been 16 years since Pixar won the Oscar for best animated short (Ralph Eggleston’s “For the Birds”). Wouldn’t it be fitting if Alan Barillaro’s fine-feathered “Piper” ended the drought? That would give Pixar four Oscars (alongside Geri’s Game” and “Tin Toy”).

However, “Piper” faces stiff competition, particularly from Theodore Ushev’s much darker “Blind Vaysha” from the National Film Board of Canada, which has earned a dozen Oscars.

The other three contenders range from Robert Valley’s bleak “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Vimeo’s first Oscar nom), the melancholy Western, “Borrowed Time” (made independently by Pixar’s Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj), and the introspective “Pearl” from Oscar winner Patrick Osborne (Disney’s “Feast”), the first Vr nominee from Google Spotlight Stories.

Piper

The rite of passage for the adorable sand piper continues a long Pixar tradition of incubating innovative tech in its shorts program.
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2017 Oscar Nominations Are Here

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2017 Oscar Nominations Are Here
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards nominations today. This year's nominations were announced in a pre-taped video package at 5:18 a.m. Pt via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org and the Academy's digital platforms, a satellite feed and broadcast media. In keeping with tradition, PwC delivered the Oscars nominations list to the Academy on the evening of January 23.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible
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