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It’s common knowledge that while the Oscar often tout rewarding the best in film, that the notion of what’s best is entirely subjective, depending on the voter. So when trying to make informed Oscar decisions, one has to look past subjective thoughts and search for the trends. One of the major trends that has been appearing has been the success of films with heavy visual effects or 3D in the cinematography category. With Emmanuel Lubezki all but on stage to accept the Oscar in cinematography, it was worth taking a look at the category’s evolution.
There have always been epic films or movies that have had some visual effects that have competed in, and won cinematography Oscars. Yet after Titanic won 11 Oscars, including Cinematography, there seems to have been a wave of films that have relied on visual effects to tell their tale succeeding in this category. »
- Terence Johnson
For years, the Oscars and Martin Scorsese just didn't seem to jibe. His films didn't resonate with that crowd. Maybe it was because he was an outsider. Maybe it was because he didn't trade in the breed of films that typically found footing with the Academy. Whatever the case, it became, for decades, a consistent note: How does Martin Scorsese not have an Oscar? Things began to change nearly three decades into his career. Until 2002, a Scorsese film registering with the group was not nearly the consistent occurrence it is today. Yet since "Gangs of New York," four of his last five films Have received Best Picture nominations and he finds himself a perennial fixture on the Oscar circuit, a circuit he has seen change drastically over the course of his career. With Oscar voting drawing to a close, I spoke with Scorsese recently about that very phenomenon, how zealous »
- Kristopher Tapley
I wasn't a big fan of Joe Wright's Anna Karenina, but within Wright's films there are always things to enjoy and most often that includes his tracking shots and just today I came across this behind the scenes look at the tracking shot in Anna Karenina uploaded by the film's camera operator, Peter Robertson. Most often we can only marvel at the shot itself, but this allows you to not only hear the direction as the sequence is being performed, but all the pieces being moved in and out of place to execute it. This look reminds me a lot of the behind the scenes look we got at how Martin Scorsese and Robert Richardson pulled off a lengthy Steadicam shot in Hugo, which I have also included below. Additionally, you can get an alternate angle look at the Anna Karenina shot right here, but unfortunately I couldn't find the finished scene online anywhere. »
- Brad Brevet
Macho and egotistical John Huston dominates Anjelica's vividly written, fascinating memoir
Anjelica Huston's first starring screen role – directed by her father John – was in 1969's A Walk with Love and Death. The only review she quotes in her memoir is John Simon's: "There is a perfectly blank, supremely inept performance by Huston's daughter Anjelica, who has the face of an exhausted gnu, the voice of an unstrung tennis racket, and a figure of no discernible shape."
No preening luvvie, this one. And pace the crass Mr Simon (reviewing her looks rather than her acting) we know Huston is, or became, a good actor. Her performance in The Witches gave my little sister nightmares not for weeks, but years. It turns out that she can also really write. What's more, she has a story to tell.
Huston grew up in an atmosphere of immense privilege and occasional emotional deprivation. This involving memoir falls, »
- Sam Leith
Early this morning saw the announcement of the nominations for the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards for 2013. For the most part, they look like all of the other guild nominations we’ve seen over the past month or so (including all five director nominees who were just nominated for the DGA’s top award), but there are a few interesting differences to take note of.
First off, Philomena has a much stronger presence here, but given that it is a British film, it’s hardly surprising. You may also notice a lot of love for Behind the Candelabra, a film that was only shown on TV in the States, making it ineligible for theatrical awards.
However, aside from that, just about all the major players are here. Gravity leads the pack with 11 nominations, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Director, and Best Actress. 12 Years a »
- Jeff Beck
5 items from 2014
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