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Throwback Thursday: ‘Five Easy Pieces’

6 August 2009 6:29 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With 12 nominations, Jack Nicholson has had more Academy Awards nods than any other male performer in history.  He ties for the most acting nominations period with Katherine Hepburn and only Meryl Streep has more with 14.  His nomination for his performance in Bob Rafelson’s ‘Five Easy Pieces’ wasn’t Nicholson’s first nomination, either.  That came from his supporting role in ‘Easy Rider,’ but it was his turn as Bobby Dupea, a man born with flawless musical talents but not the desire to make it his passion in life, that made the world stand up and take notice of Nicholson as a leading man.

It’s not just Nicholson’s performance that makes ‘Five Easy Pieces’ such a standout in American cinema, either.  Rafelson shoots the characters in his film with a distanced, calculated eye, forcing each character to live in the background while driving their actions to the forefront. »

- Kirk

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Before the Oscars, They Belonged to Us, Part 2

25 February 2009 2:52 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Disclaimer: This article may contain sarcasm; irony and “LOLs” proceed with caution.

Our second stab at the Oscars contains make-up effects and score (read part 1 here). The make-up effects, followed by the visual effects and technical awards, remain my favorite parts of the show; here you got to see your heroes: Rick Baker, Howard Berger, Chris Walas or Rob Bottin in the audience. Even the great Stan Winston could have been out there, back in the day. Though best known for his “visual effects” wins—he brought home an Oscar for best make-up in 1991 for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Here genre fans can rejoice, Greg Cannom brought home the gold, again, for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Cannom, a genre elder, worked alongside (just to name a few) Fincher, Coppola, Landis, Dante, Blatty, and Cohen creating all sorts of character and creature make-ups.

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- Heather Buckley

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