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Academy Award Film Series: 'Alice' Is One of Burton's Very Worst Movies and a Travesty of Carroll's Classic

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010 with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a couple of his movies, but the vast majority of them I've found uninspiring and, really, quite boring. Burton's eye for unusual worlds, particularly in terms of art direction and costume design, is not lost on me. But how can I possibly find Tim Burton a great director when he continues to offer the same tricks, over and over again? True, Burton's stories and characters change from movie to movie. What he offers, however, does not. What's there beyond cool visuals? What's there beyond the neo-gothic atmosphere he offers in Batman, or the brilliantly rendered chocolate factory playhouse in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?
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Big Hero 6, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Game of Thrones among the winners of the 2015 Ves Awards

The Visual Effects Society held the 13th annual Ves Awards in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, with Disney’s animated Marvel adaptation Big Hero 6 claiming six gongs and 20th Century Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and HBO’s Game of Thrones taking home three awards apiece.

Check out the full list of winners here, highlighted in red…

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri

Ryan Stafford

Matt Kutcher

Dan Lemmon

Hannah Blanchini

Guardians of the Galaxy

Stephane Ceretti

Susan Pickett

Jonathan Fawkner

Nicolas Aithadi

Paul Corbould

Interstellar

Paul Franklin

Kevin Elam

Ann Podlozny

Andrew Lockley

Scott Fisher

Maleficent

Carey Villegas

Barrie Hemsley

Adam Valdez

Kelly Port

Michael Dawson

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Joe Letteri

David Conley

Eric Saindon

Kevin Sherwood

Steve Ingram

X-Men: Days of Future Past
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"The Boxtrolls," "Big Hero 6," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Top Visual Effects Society Nominations

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominations for the 13th Annual Ves awards "the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life."

Ves members selected the nominees and Laika's "The Boxtrolls," Disney's "Big Hero 6," and Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" topped the nominations receiving 5 nods each.

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) is a global professional honorary society and the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers. Ves. almost 3,000 members in 33 countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment . film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games and new media. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Ves has member Sections in Australia, Bay Area (CA), London,
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Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy amongst Visual Effects Society nominations

The Visual Effects society has released this years nominations for the annual Ves Awards. The awards were put in place in order to credit outstanding achievements within the fields of animation, television, film and video games. This years nominees include, amongst others The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, Interstellar and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The awards are set to take place on February 4th at the Beverly Hill Hotel.

You can see the entire list of nominees below…

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri

Ryan Stafford

Matt Kutcher

Dan Lemmon

Hannah Blanchini

Guardians of the Galaxy

Stephane Ceretti

Susan Pickett

Jonathan Fawkner

Nicolas Aithadi

Paul Corbould

Interstellar

Paul Franklin

Kevin Elam

Ann Podlozny

Andrew Lockley

Scott Fisher

Maleficent

Carey Villegas

Barrie Hemsley

Adam Valdez
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Visual Effects Society Awards Nominations Announced

Visual Effects Society Awards Nominations Announced
The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for its 13th Annual Ves Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Among the nominees — Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, Maleficent, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and X-Men: Days Of Future Past – for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture. The awards will be held February 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. See the complete list below.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Joe Letteri

Ryan Stafford

Matt Kutcher

Dan Lemmon

Hannah Blanchini

Guardians of the Galaxy

Stephane Ceretti

Susan Pickett

Jonathan Fawkner

Nicolas Aithadi

Paul Corbould

Interstellar

Paul Franklin

Kevin Elam

Ann Podlozny

Andrew Lockley

Scott Fisher

Maleficent

Carey Villegas
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Tech Support: Visual effects Oscar race features apes, raccoons and 'Interstellar'

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Tech Support: Visual effects Oscar race features apes, raccoons and 'Interstellar'
The Best Visual Effects is often the place where the Academy recognizes what it is frequently accused of avoiding elsewhere: mainstream spectacle. Blockbusters reign in this category, at least at the nomination stage, with fantasy films, franchises and other money-makers always featuring prominently. The branch also has its specific fetishes, at least historically (talking animals immediately jumps to mind), though, in recent years, it has seemingly been all 3D, all the time. There are dozens if not hundreds of individuals who work on a film’s visual effects but the nomination can ultimately be shared by only four of them – usually the special effects supervisor and three visual effects supervisors. While some names are "favorites" of the branch (John Frazier, Joe Letteri), this branch is hardly the most insular and tends to be more concerned about the work on display. We will receive a hint of the way they are
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Faerie Evil: The Making of Maleficent

Trevor Hogg chats with director Robert Stromberg, production visual effects supervisor Carey Villegas, visual effects supervisors Seth Maury and Kelly Port, digital effects supervisor Darren Hendler, and previs supervisor Mark Nelson about reviving a Disney classic…

“There are not many production designers/visual effects people who have made the leap which doesn’t make sense to me because it seems like the perfect breeding ground to moving up into directing,” reflects filmmaker Robert Stromberg who started as a matte painter and became the Oscar-winning production designer for Avatar [2009] and Alice in Wonderland [2010]. “On Master and Commander [2003] I met Peter Weir and we hit it off. I came in as a Visual Effects Supervisor and spent so much time with Peter that I became a liaison between him and Ilm. We started talking about other things especially about characters and what it is like to direct. I learned so much from
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83rd Academy Awards: Inception Wins Four Oscars, Alice Takes Art Direction and Costume Design, Wolfman For Makeup

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Did the Oscars surprise anyone? Sci-Fi fans, we are of course still sore over Christopher Nolan’s snub for Best Director, but Inception still was recognized with four Oscars. Genre highlights from the 83rd Academy Awards also include Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland sweeping away the two coveted design awards in Art Direction and Costume Design and The Wolfman won for Best Makeup. Pixar‘s Toy Story 3 took home Best Animated Film and Best Song.

This Sunday’s broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards on ABC attempted to reach out to a “younger crowd” with its choice of hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, but the live broadcast dropped 9% in overall ratings compared to last year’s broadcast and down 12% in the 18-49 adult demographic. Still, the show entertained 37.6 million viewers with a show full of exposition to educate new viewers about the history of past Oscar winners.

Check
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The King's Speech takes top honours at the Academy Awards

Awards season drew to a close for another year last night as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honoured the very best in cinematic achievement from 2010 at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Taking place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, the ceremony was hosted by actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco, who was himself nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours.

The King's Speech had led the pack going into the night with twelve nominations and picked up four awards in total - Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth) and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler) - while Christopher Nolan's Inception also managed four awards, enjoying success in the technical categories of Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Cinematography.

Check out the full list of awards, with the winners highlighted in each category...

Best Picture

The Kids Are All Right (dir.
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Full List Of Oscar Winners (And Losers) From 83rd Academy Awards

… And so another year of the most boring and predictable awards ceremony on planet Earth has passed. There were cheesy speeches, somebody said the ‘f’ word and Colin Firth won an Oscar. The 83rd Annual Academy Awards were presented by James Franco and Anne Hathaway to what looks like very mixed reviews judging from responses this morning.

Below is a full list of winners and losers… since, like Highlander, there can only be one! Nice to see The Wolfman and Inside Job pick up major awards and Natalie Portman bag an Oscar. She was ace in Black Swan.

Best Picture

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Best Director

David O. RussellThe Fighter

Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech

David FincherThe Social Network

Joel And Ethan CoenTrue Grit

Darren Aronofsky
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Oscars 2011: full list of winners

A full list of winners and nominees for the Oscars 2011

Best motion picture of the year

Winner: The King's Speech

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter's Bone

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Winner: Colin Firth (The King's Speech)

Javier Bardem (Biutiful)

Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

James Franco (127 Hours)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Winner: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)

Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)

Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)

Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

Achievement in directing

Winner: Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)

Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

David O Russell (The Fighter)

David Fincher (The Social Network)

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (True Grit)

Art direction

Winner: Alice in Wonderland - Robert Stromberg (production design), Karen O'Hara (set decoration)

Harry Potter and the
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The 2011 Oscar winners in full, and the blow by blow Thn account of the show

So, we at the site were up until 4.38am this morning blogging the Oscars Live!!! The full list of winners were gradually revealed and we have posted the live Thn blog feed in its entirety below. You have to read from the bottom up to see it in it’s correct order…. We’re all very tired…. Updates will be sporadic. Jaded is not the word. Well done to Tom Hooper, Colin Firth and The King’s Speech in general for their well deserved plaudits.

Updates (GMT):

0438: And that concludes The Hollywood News’s coverage of the 83rd Academy Awards. Please check out the full list of winners below. Congrats to The King’s Speech!!!!!! Signing off——– Paul H…

0435: All remarkably edited to that ‘Speech’. Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids are All Right, Inception, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, Trye Grit, Winter’s Bone
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83rd Academy Awards Winners

The King’S Speech was king of all he surveyed on Sunday evening at the 83rd Academy Awards. James Franco, Oscar®-nominee for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Anne Hathaway hosted the Oscars® broadcast by the ABC Television Network from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Going in to the evening with 12 nominations, The King’S Speech came away with four Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay (Michael Seidler). Inception also collected four Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. The Facebook drama, The Social Network, won 3 Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay (David Sorkin), Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) and Best Editing.

Actor in a Leading Role Javier Bardem in .Biutiful. Jeff Bridges in .True Grit. Jesse Eisenberg in .The Social Network. Colin Firth in .The King’s Speech
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83rd Annual Academy Awards Winners!

83rd Annual Academy Awards Winners!
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards were held tonight at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. Take a look at the complete list of winners below. And in case you missed it, check out the live chat we hosted during the event right here.

Best Picture:

The King's Speech

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King's Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter's Bone

Directing:

Tom Hooper - The King's Speech

Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - True Grit

David Fincher - The Social Network

David O. Russell - The Fighter

Actor In A Leading Role:

Colin Firth - The King's Speech

Javier Bardem - Biutiful

Jeff Bridges - True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network

James Franco - 127 Hours

Actress In A Leading Role:

Natalie Portman - Black Swan

Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
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The winners of the 83rd Academy Awards

If you missed the broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards, or you can't remember who won what, here is a list of all the winners in their categories. The King's Speech and Inception both tied for the most Oscars won, which was four statues each. However, whereas Inception took home awards for technical categories (Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound and Best Cinematography), The King's Speech won three of the top four categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay).

Best Picture:

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers The Fighter (Paramount Pictures), David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin,
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Oscars: The 2011 Academy Award Winners

In a surge reminiscent of its late-breaking Oscar season momentum, The King’s Speech triumphed at the 2011 Academy Awards, winning three of the final four categories including Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Director (Tom Hooper). The magnificent British drama took home four golden statues on Sunday, tieing Christopher Nolan’s Inception for the most Oscars, and narrowly beating critic favorite and three-time winner The Social Network.

Hosted by a smug, sleepy James Franco and a cheery, happy-to-be-there Anne Hathaway, the 3+ hour ceremony felt like an eternity. The next-generation actors were supposed to liven what is traditionally a stuffy telecast, but their monologue and subsequent appearances lacked the classy zingers of Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin’s banter or the pep of Hugh Jackman’s show.

Further attempts to appeal to a populist crowd, such as autotuning some of 2010’s big blockbusters or quipping about Charlie Sheen, fell flat,
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Is Tarnish Dulling Oscar's Lustre?

Hollywood's biggest night of the year has come and gone, and it seems many could care less. Last night's 83rd Annual Academy Awards show wasn't as dreadful as many critics have charged, but it wasn't lustrous, either — not the way it has been in decades past — leading many to wonder if the ceremony is: a) losing its relevance; b) compromised by the down economy; c) an indicator of the changing state of both the film and broadcast industry.

The turn of the 21st century has seen the celebrated awards show take a hit. Changes over the past decade seem to have aversely affected the program, including shifting the broadcast from Monday at 9pm to Sunday at 8:30pm in 1999. During the TV writers strike in 2008, just over 32M viewers watched the Oscars, the least viewed ever.

This year the Academy Awards show fell to an 11.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% vs.
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Winners for the 83rd Academy Awards

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Javier Bardem in "Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions) Jeff Bridges in "True Grit" (Paramount) Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing) Colin Firth in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company) James Franco in "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight) Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Christian Bale in "The Fighter" (Paramount) John Hawkes in "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions) Jeremy Renner in "The Town" (Warner Bros.) Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features) Geoffrey Rush in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company) Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features) Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole" (Lionsgate) Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions) Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight) Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" (The Weinstein Company) Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Amy Adams
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"The King's Speech" Triumphant! Film Tops 83rd Academy Awards! Check Out Complete List of Winners and Nominees!

Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" lorded over the festivities at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The film, nominated for 12 Oscars, won 4 including Best Picture, Director for Tom Hooper, Actor for King Colin Firth, and Original Screenplay for David Seidler.

David Fincher's "The Social Network" took home 3 awards including Best Film Editing, Original Score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

(For my minute-by-minute look at the 2011 Oscars, please click here, trust me, it's fun!)

As expected, Natalie Portman took home Oscar gold for her performance as a delusional ballerina in "Black Swan." "The Fighter" yielded the Best Supporting performances of the year with Christian Bale winning Best Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" took home most of the technical categories including Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Cinematography for Wally Pfister.
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Oscars 2011: The winners list

Oscars 2011: The winners list
The night has finally arrived — Oscars. So will Christian Bale finally take home gold? Will The King’s Speech live up to the massive expectations? All are revealed here and now.

The 83rd Academy Awards winners (refresh the page for real-time updates):

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Christian Bale, The Fighter

John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Foreign Language Film

Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria)

Incendies (Canada)

Winner: In a Better World (Denmark)

Dogtooth (Greece)

Biutiful (Mexico)

Best Original Screenplay

Another Year,
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