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For the first time in the 88-year history of the Oscars, no film nominated for cinematography was shot on 35 mm film. But fans of emulsion — who include top-flight directors like Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino — can take consolation from the fact that two of the nominated movies were photographed analog, albeit in nonstandard film formats: Super 16 (“Carol”) and Ultra Panavision 70, a 50-year-old large-format anamorphic film gauge resurrected by Tarantino, Panavision and three-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson for “The Hateful Eight.”
The move to digital in the industry overall has brought sharper imagery and, some say, less personality. Cinematographers are placing greater emphasis on the choice of lenses to lend a distinct personality to a given project, a trend that only gained momentum in 2015.
Old lenses like the Ultra Panavision 70 glass are being pulled out of storage, cleaned up and rehoused, while new glass is being designed and manufactured »
- David Heuring
Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight After many losses, Emmanuel Lubezki finally won an Oscar two years ago for "Gravity," and then managed to do so again a year later for "Birdman." And it looks he could very well three-peat this year in a win that would be quite historic. Standing in his way is some serious competition from Ed Lachman ("Carol") and John Seale ("Mad Max: Fury Road"), both of which have shared the wealth of best cinematography awards among critics group. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best cinematography. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire. Nominees:"Carol" (Ed Lachman) "The Hateful Eight" (Robert Richardson) "Mad Max: Fury Road" (John Seale)"The Revenant" (Emmanuel Lubezki)"Sicario" (Roger Deakins) Predicted »
Read More: 2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography Robert Richardson, Alwin Kuchler, Danny Cohen, Linus Sandgren, Masanobu Takayanagi and Mandy Walker. If those names don't mean anything to you, it's probably time to sit down and meet the wonderful minds behind some of this year's best-looking movies. After all, these six people are some of the best cinematographers in the game, having worked on "The Hateful Eight," "Steve Jobs," "Spotlight," "Truth," "Joy" and "The Danish Girl," respectively, in the past year. Over the course of The Hollywood Reporter's one-hour discussion, the dynamic group delves into the cinematographer's role on set and touches upon filmmaking frustrations and how they play into their personal relationships with the directors they work with. "A great script can only be made better by good cinematographer," Cohen remarks. “You can have bad cinematography and a fantastic »
- Bryn Gelbart
The zombie outbreak film World War Z had more than its share of problems. We already know about changes to the film.s ending that resulted in major reshoots and delays. Now, the movie.s original cinematographer has spoken out about additional issues with filming that were so bad for him, they forced him to remove his name from the movie entirely. Robert Richardson, who most recently was the cinematographer for Quentin Tarantino.s The Hateful Eight, was part of an in-depth discussion on the craft of cinematography with The Hollywood Reporter, where he explained how the studio completely changed some of his work, and how he felt he had to take a stand on behalf of his industry. I took my name off World War Z. It was a digital show. We worked very hard coming up with lookup tables [a digital roadmap]. They were pretty radical, but they »
By now if you haven’t had the opportunity to watch The Hollywood Reporters roundtables, including the ones involving the actors and the directors, you should take the time to watch them. THR’s latest roundtable is focused on the cinematographers. This year’s group features Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight), Alwin Kuchler (Steve Jobs), Masanobu Takayanagi (Black Mass, […]
The post THR Cinematographers Roundtable: First-Time Directors, Knowing When to Quit, and More appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
“The Revenant” with 12 nominations, and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10, rang up the largest number of Oscar notices this year, largely due to success across the Academy’s various artisan categories. It was a trend signaled in early January, as both films led the way on the industry awards circuit.
And while films like “Bridge of Spies,” “The Martian” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also performed well among artisan groups, the Academy’s corresponding branches represent smaller voting bodies, which makes for some interesting comparisons.
For instance, the art directors and costume designers guilds honor achievement in three categories (period, fantasy and contemporary). Films such as “Crimson Peak,” “Joy,” “Star Wars” and “Trumbo” fared well among voters in both orgs, yet couldn’t secure Oscar nominations in those fields.
- Kristopher Tapley
Cinematographers are guiding forces behind the camera that help directors achieve the aesthetic and vision for the films. They don't always get the recognition they deserve, but they are a crucial part of any production. However, everyone has their limits, and in a new, one-hour roundtable talk with THR, Robert Richardson, the cinematographer for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" explains why he removed his credit from the Brad Pitt zombie debacle "World War Z." Read More: Watch: 1-Hour Directors Roundtable Talk With Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, David O. Russell, Danny Boye, And More "I took my name off 'World War Z.' It was a digital show. We worked very hard coming up with lookup tables [a digital roadmap]. They were pretty radical, but they were a look the studio had agreed upon. There was no disagreement with the studio, nor the director. Then they dropped it all," Richardson said. "They chose their own lookup tables. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After giving our picks for the best cinematography of 2015, today brings conversation with some of the directors of photography from last year’s notable features. THR has gathered Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight), Alwin Kuchler (Steve Jobs), Danny Cohen (The Danish Girl, Room), Linus Sandgren (Joy), Masanobu Takayanagi (Black Mass, Spotlight) and Mandy Walker (Truth) for a one-hour talk on their prcoess.
While it’s embarrassing that the trade couldn’t find room for Emmanuel Lubezki, Roger Deakins, Edward Lachman, Ping Bin Lee, Adam Arkapaw, John Seale, Maryse Alberti, and more, it’s interesting to hear about the experience of shooting 70mm for Quentin Tarantino‘s western from Richardson, as well as why he took his name off World War Z. Check out the full roundtable below, and Richardson’s thoughts on getting awards for CG-heavy cinematography.
I wish there were two categories for Academy Awards. There are films that are shot relatively normal, »
- Jordan Raup
Yesterday morning, filmmakers Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee, actor John Krasinski and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards, which will be handed out on Sunday, February 28. An Oscar nomination can be a career-changing moment for any actor, filmmaker or crew member, and whether it's your first nomination (Brie Larson) or your 50th (John Williams... seriously, he has 50 Oscar nominations), it's always a special moment. Entertainment Weekly caught up with several of this year's nominees to get their reactions to the big news.
The Revenant led all movies with 12 nominations, including one for Leonardo DiCaprio as Best Actor. This is his fifth acting nomination, but he has never taken home an Oscar in his storied career. Some think this year might be his best chance to take home that little gold man, but we'll have to wait until February 28 to find out. »
Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations announcement was so reflective of a splintered season it was almost beautiful … if it wasn’t so heartbreaking for so many at the same time.
“The Martian,” a film many thought to be a strong contender to win the best picture Oscar, picked up seven nominations. That’s the profile of a thoroughbred. Yet it fell out of key races like best director (Ridley Scott missing after riding the career achievement train all season) and best film editing (until last year, no best picture winner had missed in this category for over 30 years).
“Room,” a film that couldn’t get arrested on the guild circuit, with just a pair of nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, came back strong with a best picture nomination and, in a true surprise, a best director bid.
“Spotlight,” a film that showed real vulnerability in the last several weeks, »
- Kristopher Tapley
A call from the president of Colombia; not waking the kids; and sharing the news with a shop assistant - how Thursday morning’s good news played out.Oscars 2016‘The Revenant’ leads Oscar race with 12 nomsFull list of nominations
Best Picture nominees at a glance
Comment: Oscar nominations reward ambition
Galleries: Best Picture; Actors
Titles listed in alphabetical order
Charlotte Rampling (Lead actress): “I am deeply moved and thrilled by this nomination. Thank you to the Academy for recognizing 45 Years. Having the wonderful experience of working with the great Tom Courtenay and Andrew Haigh was a truly rewarding experience and I am simply delighted to have everyone’s hard work and true collaboration honoured by our friends and peers in the Academy.”
Asif Kapadia (Documentary): “The Academy Award nomination for best documentary is an incredible honour, thank you to »
Scott, Spielberg, Sorkin shut out
Nominees’ reactionsBest Picture nominees at a glance
Comment: Oscar nominations reward ambition
Galleries: Best Picture; Actors
The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards have been announced in Los Angeles and Fox/New Regency’s survival epic The Revenant has clawed its way to the top with 12 nods.
Open Road’s Spotlight, Carol from The Weinstein Company and DreamWorks’ Bridge Of Spies (Buena Vista distributed in North America and Fox the rest of the world) earned six apiece, while Paramount/Regency Enterprises’ The Big Short and Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens collected five each.
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With the awards season winding down, it's almost time for the big show, the 88th Academy Awards. This morning the nominations were announced, and you can check out the full list here and begin your Oscar predictions!
February 28th will bring about this year's Academy Awards, which means we have a little over a month to debate who we think should/will win based on this morning's nominations. As expected The Martian, The Revenant, and Mad Max: Fury Road are leading the pack, but there are a few surprises (and snubs) as well. Check out the full list below:
Best Original Song
“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
“Simple Song #3” from Youth
“Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
It’s difficult to even care much about this announcement when mourning the loss of a film icon, but alas, the 2016 Oscar nominations have been unveiled this morning. Ahead of a ceremony on February 28th, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski, and Ang Lee were on hand to announce the 88th Oscars nominations.
Leading the pack is The Revenant, which picked up 12 nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road was close behind with 10. The Martian had 7, while Carol, Bridge of Spies and Spotlight each picked up 6, but sadly, Todd Haynes‘ magnificent drama was left out of the Best Picture and Best Director race. See the full list below.
- Jordan Raup
After many months of speculation, the full list of this year's Oscar nominees have been announced - just minutes after the reveal of the death of beloved thespian Alan Rickman.
"The Revenant" led the field with twelve nominations followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" with ten and "The Martian" with seven. Next were "Spotlight" and "Carol" with six nominations; "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Big Short" and "Bridge Of Spies" got five; "Room" and "The Danish Girl" nabbed four; "Sicario," "Brooklyn" and "The Hateful Eight" scored three; and "Steve Jobs" and "Ex Machina" nabbed two.
Surprises? "Creed" and "Joy" scored only one nomination each for Stallone's and Lawrence's performances respectively. No Ridley Scott for director, Quentin Tarantino or Aaron Sorkin for screenplay, Charlize Theron for best actress, "Carol" for best picture, "See You Again" for best song, and of course - the distinct lack of racial diversity. Here's the list in full. »
- Garth Franklin
Tarantino’s latest is a wild west Reservoir Dogs, full of his usual exuberant violence but lacking the element of surprise
“You’re starting to see pictures, ain’t ya?” Quentin Tarantino’s latest is a typically talkative quasi-western set in the still-unresolved aftermath of the Us civil war. Photographed in super-wide Ultra Panavision 70, and released in standard “multiplex” format and extended 70mm “roadshow” versions, it’s everything you’d expect from this exasperatingly unruly writer-director: cinematically adventurous, generically self-conscious, entertainingly performed, editorially ill-disciplined.
Chief among its pleasures is Robert Richardson’s superbly choreographed cinematography, which masterfully captures both the landscape poetry of the American interior west, and the chamber-piece stagings of the western interiors – a cabin, a barn, a stagecoach – in which much of the action plays out. There are rambunctiously hairy turns from the grizzled male ensemble, while Jennifer Jason Leigh’s black-eyed antiheroine proves more than a match for any man. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Jennifer Jason Leigh: "I sent my mom [Barbara Turner] a picture of me the first day of shooting …"
New BAFTA nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh, at the Monkey Bar brunch for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight with Walton Goggins and Samuel L Jackson, hosted by Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein, told me her favorite western is Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson's Red River, starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. Her favorite bad guy is Oliver Reed in Carol Reed's Oliver! and Robert Richardson knows how to light up Heba Thorisdottir's makeup artistry. Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps and Wim Wenders' Until The End Of The World did not influence Jennifer's relationship to handcuffs.
Her Daisy Domergue is a peculiar flower, planted in cuffs and linked to »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
You get a headline like the one above a lot this time of year. Everyone thinks everything “means” something vis a vis the Oscars, when in fact, precious few things really do. One thing that absolutely does mean something, though, is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ annual nominations announcement, though admittedly, that didn’t used to be the case.
Up until a few years ago, BAFTA wasn’t a great barometer in either phase of the season, really. The reason was the org’s voting system, which was formerly the reverse of the American Academy’s, i.e., the entire group would decide nominees collectively while the various branches would determine the winners. But ever since that system was reversed, with branches deciding nominees and the collective group picking winners, it’s become one of the most significant bellwethers in the race.
You could make the connection »
- Kristopher Tapley
Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees:
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Best Supporting Actor:
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Best Supporting Actress:
Best Original Screenplay:
Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki is a brilliant cinematographer whose work has helped shape the landscape of modern cinematic photography. During his 32-year career, Lubezki has worked with such greats as Mike Nichols, Joel and Ethan Coen, Terrence Malick, and Michael Mann, as well as technology-defying directors such as Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu. He even worked alongside Martin Scorsese as a camera operator on The Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light, alongside Robert Richardson.
Lubezki’s latest project reunites him with Iñárritu for a brooding, intense historical epic about fur trapper Hugo Glass. Although the movie itself receives a somewhat mixed reception, Lubezki’s photography alone is worth the price of admission, as we noted in our yearly cinematography wrap-up. Before checking out The Revenant when it opens wide this Friday, we’ve selected some of our favorites in his illustrious filmography, each exquisite in their own unique ways. Please enjoy below, »
- Tony Hinds
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