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Best Sound Mixing can be one of the hardest races to predict, due in large part to its confusion with Best Sound Editing. Sound Mixing honors the balancing of the various production dialogue, Adr, foley and effects, and music tracks of a film into one cohesive whole. This award is generally given to both the production sound mixers and the re-recording mixers. The Cinema Audio Society rewards one film each year for its achievement in the field, and since 1993, the winner there has repeated at the Academy Awards 12 times: -Break- 1995: "Apollo 13" 1996: "The English Patient" 1997: "Titanic" 1998: "Saving Private Ryan" 1999: "The Matrix" 2000: "Gladiator" 2006: "Dreamgirls" 2008: "Slumdog Millionaire" 2009: "The Hurt Locker" 2011: "Hugo" 2012: "Les Miserables" 2013: "Gravity" This year, Cas honored "Birdman" over fello »
Justin Chang: We don’t always agree, Guy (no two critics ever should), but it’s safe to say we’ve been more simpatico than usual over the course of this very long and happily almost-over awards season. I think we would both argue, for example, that “Foxcatcher” was ridiculously worthy of an Oscar nomination for best picture, and that its failure to nab one seems all the more inexplicable given that Bennett Miller managed to crack the much more competitive directing race. Likewise, I don’t know anyone else who had almost precisely the same reaction and counter-reaction to “Birdman” as I did — an initial thrill that almost completely fell apart on second viewing.
Clearly the industry feels otherwise, if “Birdman’s” presumed Oscar-frontrunner status is to be believed — which I fear it is, even as some of us are still clinging desperately to the hope that “Boyhood” will prevail. »
- Justin Chang and Guy Lodge
Love all things Oscar? Netflix currently has more than a dozen Oscar-winning films to stream, including 12 Best Picture winners ranging from "Marty" to "The Silence of the Lambs." Many racked up multiple awards on Oscar night, a tribute to their excellence or some really great Oscar campaigning. We're looking at you, Harvey Weinstein, who helped push "Shakespeare in Love" and "The English Patient" to Academy glory.
- Sharon Knolle
The Academy Award for Best Production Design can be a tricky one to predict, as it oftentimes doesn't correspond with the leading contender for Best Picture. In order to correctly predict it, let's turn first to the Art Directors Guild Awards: since 1996, the Adg has rewarded the eventual Oscar winner a total of 11 times. -Break- Oscars predictions: Experts predict 'Grand Budapest Hotel' will win Costume Design A little bit of background: from 1996 to 1999, the Adg gave out only one award for Feature Film. From 2000-2005, they gave out two prizes: one for Period or Fantasy Film, the other for Contemporary. Beginning in 2006, the award for Period or Fantasy was split in two, thus creating a total of three categories in which films could compete. In addition, starting in 2007, the award went solely to the production designer: 1996: Stuart Craig, et al, "The English Patient" 1997: Peter Lamont, et al, "Titanic" 1999: Rick. »
Following in the footsteps of such Hollywood legends as Samuel Goldwyn, Louis B. Mayer, David Selznick and Jack Warner, the Weinsteins have always understood the vital role publicity plays in the filmmaking equation. And this year their instinctive knack for grabbing headlines and creating Oscar buzz has yielded 10 Academy Award nominations for their British World War II thriller “The Imitation Game,” including best picture, lead actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), supporting actress (Keira Knightley) and director (Morten Tyldum).
Those noms join the team’s already overloaded trophy case with its 300-plus Oscar noms to date, including five Academy Awards for best picture . Their gold rush began in 1996 with “The English Patient,” but it was their masterful Oscar campaign for 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” when that comedy upset the heavy favorite, Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan,” that cemented the Weinsteins’ reputation as consummate publicity operators who know how to play the system »
- Iain Blair
Best Cinematography is one of the most closely watched technical categories at the Oscars, due largely to the fact that it’s often so difficult to predict. Indeed, since 1986, when the American Society of Cinematographers first started handing out prizes, only 11 of its winners went on to triumph at the Oscars: -Break- 1990: Dean Semler, “Dances with Wolves” 1995: John Toll, “Braveheart” 1996: John Seale, “The English Patient” 1997: Russell Carpenter, “Titanic” 1999: Conrad L. Hall, “American Beauty” 2002: Conrad L. Hall, “Road to Perdition” 2005: Dion Beebe, “Memoirs of a Geisha” 2007: Robert Elswit, “There Will Be Blood” 2008: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire” 2010: Wally Pfister, “Inception” 2013: Emmanuel Lubeszki, “Gravity” Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories This year, th...' »
By Anjelica Oswald
Birdman took home the Cinema Audio Society Award for sound mixing in a live action film on Saturday. The best picture-nominated film is also nominated for both of the sound Oscars (sound mixing and sound editing). The film lost the BAFTA Award for best sound to Whiplash, which is also nominated for both of the Oscars for sound.
Since the Cas Awards began in 1994, all 21 of the live action features that won for sound mixing have also been nominated for the sound mixing Oscar, and 12 have won. In contrast, four of the 14 best sound BAFTA winners — since the BAFTAs have taken place before the Oscars — didn’t win an Oscar for their sound. Of the 10 that did win, five won both of the Oscars for sound, four won the Oscar for sound mixing and one took home the Oscar for sound editing.
Seven of the »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
- Anjelica Oswald
The world is full of men content to spend their lives within a few miles of where they were born, men who will love one woman, learn one language and go to their graves hardly having dreamed at all. These are not the men about whom Werner Herzog makes movies, although it took until age 72 for the chronicler of such bombastic souls as “Aguirre” and “Fitzcarraldo” to deem a woman worthy of one of his mighty portraits. Better late than never, and though Nicole Kidman is hardly the female Klaus Kinski, in the formidable character epic “Queen of the Desert,” she conveys with quiet determination what Kinski never could: the kind of conviction that changes the world.
Leaning more on romance than one might suppose to capture such an independent spirit as Gertrude Lowthian Bell, whose self-directed explorations among and dealings with the Middle East’s many conflicting tribes informed »
- Peter Debruge
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries”…
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum: Plants Can Hear. Atmos. Stumbling Stones in Potsdam.
Lavallee: We read Nikole Beckwith’s Stockholm, Pennsylvania as psychological warfare —— what was the approach in audibly depicting Leia’s longing?
Kroll-Rosenbaum: Stockholm is a nuanced portrait of an incredibly complex situation. The music is full of possibility and openness. It comes in waves and breathes. It was important that the music leave room for interpretation, so that the audience could experience discovery along with Leia. Nikole paints in very clear and purposeful strokes, and the music is designed to be transparent in its motivation.
Kroll-Rosenbaum: There is a range of different kinds of music in the score. There is music that is about the outside, literally and figuratively. I built a harmonic structure out of two chords that sits somewhere between resolution and forward motion. I thought about ancient music, »
- Eric Lavallee
Triple Oscar-winner to be honoured with the Vision Award.
The 68th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 5-15) is to give its Vision Award - Nescens to award-winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch. The award has previously been given to special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull and “Mister Steadicam” Garrett Brown.
Murch worked with George Lucas on Thx 1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973) and Francis Ford Coppola on The Rain People (1969), The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
His work with Coppola as sound designer on Apocalypse Now won him his first Oscar in 1980.
Following his own directorial debut in 1985 with Return to Oz, he subsequently won two more Academy Awards for both sound and film editing on Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient (1996) – the first and only time in history the same person has won the Oscar in both categories. In this respect he was repeating an earlier record set when he won double BAFTA awards in 1975 for »
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Rome – Walter Murch, the multiple-Oscar-winning U.S. film editor and sound designer, whose name is closely linked to 1970’s directors such as George Lucas (“Thx 1138″ and “American Graffiti”) and Francis Ford Coppola, will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with its Vision Award – Nescens dedicated to those whose intuitions and skills have left their mark on film history.
“Murch’s career has embraced first sound and then film editing, pursuing a concept of audio-visual composition that treats the two as inseparable,” the prominent Swiss fest dedicated to indie filmmaking pointed out in a statement.
Case in point is Coppola’s “The Conversation,” for which Murch won double BAFTA awards, for both sound and film editing, in 1975. His other credits with Coppola include “The Rain People,” “The Godfather,” and “Apocalypse Now,” for which he won his first Oscar, for best sound, in 1980. Murch subsequently won two more Academy Awards, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”). Tomorrowland will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on May 22, 2015. »
At my Super Bowl party there was a ton of eye-rolling and "Really?!"s from people when the trailer for Tomorrowland came on. I totally understand the skepticism. Hell, I even chimed in with "Wait'll next year, when Wolfgang Peterson's Teacups 3D comes out!" But, really, I think people need to be more open-minded about this film. First of all, if the success of the first couple of Pirates of The Caribbean flicks is any indication, Disney knows how to turn a theme park attraction into an epic adventure. Secondly, look at the pedigree. You've go Brad Bird in the director's chair- a man who's never steered us wrong- and you've got Hollywood royalty George Clooney.
This thing has the potential to be very, very good.
Anyway, Disney has released some brand spankin' new concept art for Tomorrowland, which you can check out below:
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's list is a selection of the best war movies on Mod.] "The Hurt Locker" (2008)When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, by plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. "The English Patient" (1996)During World War II, when a mysterious stranger is rescued from a fiery plane crash, he is cared for by American allies unaware of the dangerous secrets of his past. "Braveheart" (1995)Mel Gibson is William Wallace, a bold Scotsman who used the steel of his blade and the fire of his intellect to rally his countrymen to liberation. "Schindler's List" (1993)The indelible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer who saved »
- Casey Cipriani
Madrid – Media Luna has acquired world sales rights to Russian Vera Glagoleva’s costume drama “Two Women,” with Ralph Fiennes (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Harry Potter,” “The English Patient”) and Sylvie Testud (“La vie en rose,” “Lourdes”).
Based on Ivan Turgenev’s stage play “A Month in the Country,” “Two Women” was originally represented in international sales by Rezo Films.
A drama of manners, “Two Women” stars Natalya (Anna Astrakhantseva), married to a stolid Russian landowner Arkadi and worried about her fading charms, who competes for the affections of Alexei (Nikita Volkov), her son’s young tutor, with none less than her adopted daughter Vera (Anna Levanova). Fiennes limns a family friend, Mikail, with whom Natalya dallies, but nothing more, Testud a governess who rejects her suitor – and with that her hope of marriage. As Alexei and Vera draw closer, Natalya struggles with her feelings for Alexi and Mikhail with his for Natalya, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”). Tomorrowland will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on December 12, 2014. »
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
The brothers will be presented with their award at the 52nd Publicists Awards Luncheon on Feb. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The organization noted that The Weinstein Company’s “The Imitation Game” has received 10 Academy Award nominations this year along with a Best Song nom for “Begin Again” and Best Documentary (“Citizenfour”) through Weinstein subsidiary Radius-twc.
“The Weinsteins are the very epitome of showmanship,” said Steven Poster, president. “They have impeccable taste and are universally regarded as the industry leaders in awards campaigns..”
- Dave McNary
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
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