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National Board of Review Chooses 2017 Date for Awards Gala

  Next year’s awards calendar is quickly booking up. The National Board of Review announced today that Jan. 4, 2017 will be its date for its annual film awards gala. The NBRs quick start awards season each year, as it is usually one of the first organizations to announce its winners in early December. The […]

Six Spot #5: Best Director 2011

Welcome back to The Six Spot!  In case you missed last week’s 2003 Best Actress Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, we discuss one of the more interesting pre-nomination races of the last decade, the 2011 Best Director race.  Unlike the four previous Six Spots, where we had a ton of non-nominees […]

Any Films Left for NYFF’s Secret Screening?

For the past two years now, the New York Film Festival has unveiled a previously unseen Oscar contender towards the end of the fest in their Secret Screening slot. Two years ago it was Martin Scorsese impressing the masses with Hugo and last year it was Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln managing to live up to the […]

Take a ride with the camera in Behind the Scenes video from Hugo

While I was heartily rooting for Emmanuel Lubezki to win the Oscar for cinematography, it’s hard to begrude Robert Richardson, because the cinematography of Hugo was incredibly impressive. If you’ve ever wondered how the camera actually captures the moments on film, First Showing has uncovered a fun behind the scenes video in which you can take ride on […]

Editor’s Final Oscar Predictions

It’s Friday.  Oscars are on Sunday.  I’ve rattled my brain for hours, days, weeks.  It hurts.  I can’t.  I am fully ready to be wrong in many categories.  I also chickened out in several categories. I wanted to put Max Von Sydow instead of Christopher Plummer.  Not happening.  Can I get some type of credit […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Cinematography

And the Nominees Are: Guillaume Schiffman “The Artist” Oscar Scene: Waking up from the sound dream sequence Jeff Cronenweth “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Oscar Scene: Opening credits Robert Richardson “Hugo” Oscar Scene: Traveling through the train station Emmanuel Lubezski “The Tree of Life” Oscar Scene: Creation Janusz Kaminski “War Horse” Oscar Scene: Joey […]

Making the final case for each Best Picture nominee…

As you’re reading this, the Oscar voters have already made their final selections for each category of the Academy Awards, and there’s nothing left to do but wait for the results at the awards ceremony on Sunday. It got me to thinking, what kind of case has each Best Picture contender made for their shot […]

‘Hugo’ wins with the Cinema Audio Society!

The CAS awards have been announced and Martin Scorsese’s flick has emerged victorious, as you can see here with the full results: Outstanding Sound in a Motion Picture: Hugo Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Movies and Mini-Series: TOO BIG TO FAIL Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for TV Movies & Mini-Series.. – Into […]

Oscar Circuit: Art Direction

And the Nominees Are: The Artist – Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo Midnight in Paris – Anne Seibel and Hélène Dubreuil War Horse – Rick Carter and Lee Sandales So where I began […]

2011 ACCA Winners Announced!

The 2011 Awards Circuit Community Awards was one of the most diverse and hottest choices this side of the internet.  This is the only site that gives its readership a voice to name his/her favorite films and performances of the year.  With a wide open Oscar race, the ACCA race followed suit as you will […]

Oscar Circuit: Adapted Screenplay

The screenplay categories have a strong correlation with past Best Picture winners.  In the past few years, “Slumdog Millionaire,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “The Departed” have all won the Adapted Screenplay race that translated to a Best Picture statue.  Other winners such as “The Social Network,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Film Editing

And the Nominees Are: The Artist The Descendants The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hugo Moneyball Tied into the Best Picture race more than any other tech category is Best Film Editing. Scoring a Best Picture win without at least a nomination here, if not a win, is incredibly rare and almost unheard of. Of […]

Winners from the 10th annual VES Awards!

The Visual Effects Society gave out their awards yesterday and pretty much confirmed my earlier suspicions in my Oscar Circuit piece on the Best Visual Effects category (found here if you missed it) that it’s a race between Hugo and Rise of the Planet of the Apes for the gold. Here are the full winners […]

Here are the results from the Art Director Awards!

Take a gander: Feature Film, Period: Hugo Feature Film, Contemporary: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Feature Film, Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series: Saturday Night Live Awards, Music, or Game Shows: 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series: Modern Family […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Sound Editing

And the Nominees Are: Drive The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hugo Transformers: Dark of the Moon War Horse Just as my colleague and friend Mike Ward detailed the Best Sound Mixing race (the excellent write up can be found here), I’m diving right in and tackling the Best Sound Editing race. I know that […]

Which Films Can Stand the Test of Time?

Every year, even though the vast majority of movie releases are all but instantly forgettable, we have some films come out that you just know will be still remembered fondly 25 years later. 2011 was no exception. It’s a bit early to know which will survive the test of time, but I’m willing to bet […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Sound Mixing

The 2011 Nominees For Best Sound Mixing Are… • THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO • HUGO • MONEYBALL • TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON • WAR HORSE At my annual Oscar party, invariably some assemblage of attendees always ask questions such as “What is Cinematography?” “How do they judge Art Direction?” and a rather […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Visual Effects

And the Nominees Are: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” Oscar scene: The climactic battle between Harry and Voldemort “Hugo” Oscar scene: The train crash “Real Steel” Oscar scene: The final robot boxing match “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Oscar scene: The apes rising “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Oscar scene: […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Original Score

And the Nominees Are: Ludovic Bource – “The Artist” Oscar Scene: “Bang!” (in the home theater) John Williams – “The Adventures of Tintin” Oscar Scene: Tintin and the big chase through the town square. Howard Shore – “Hugo” Oscar Scene: Georges Méliès’ movie Alberto Iglesias – “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” Oscar Scene: Opening Credits John […]

Michel Hazanavicius wins DGA Award!

If you still weren’t willing to call the Oscar for “The Artist,” you should now.  Not sure if this will necessarily translate to an automatic Directing win for the French director but the film is signed, sealed, and delivered for Oscar gold.  Here’s the press release: LOS ANGELES —The winners of the Directors Guild of America […]

Directors Guild of America Predictions

The Nominees Are: Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist” Alexander Payne – “The Descendants” David Fincher – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Martin Scorsese – “Hugo” Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris” Prediction: Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist” Alternate: Martin Scorsese for “Hugo”

Oscar Nominees Reactions

I am deeply honored to have been nominated by the Academy for my work on Hugo. Every picture is a challenge, and this one – where I was working with 3D, HD and Sacha Baron Cohen for the first time – was no exception. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve been recognized by […]

MPSE Sound Editors Nominees

Thanks to Sasha Stone @ Awards Daily FEATURE FILMS CATEGORY BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS AND FOLEY IN A FEATURE FILM Drive Fast Five The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Rise of the Planet of the Apes Super 8 Transformers: Dark of the Moon War Horse BEST SOUND EDITING: MUSIC IN […]

Sizing Up the “Bake-Off” Fields

Now that we’re just one week away from the Academy Award nominee announcements, some categories are becoming narrowed down in a more literal sense. Best Makeup and Visual Effects have a “Bake-Off,” where only a few eligible contenders are squeezed into a small group until being squeezed further into the final set of nominees. It’s […]

Costume Design Guild Nominations

Excellence in Period Film: “The Artist” (Mark Bridges) “Jane Eyre” (Michael O’Connor) “The Help” (Sharen Davis) “Hugo” (Sandy Powell) “W.E.” (Arianne Phillips) Excellence in Fantasy Film: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ (Jany Temime) “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (Penny Rose) “Red Riding Hood” (Cindy Evans) “Thor” (Alexandra Byrne) “X-Men: First […]

Sizing Up the Best Film Editing Field

Often called “the invisible art” of the movies, editing is a crucial and frequently undervalued (and misunderstood) element of filmmaking. Even more debatable is how to judge what “best” editing entails. Is it more commendable when an editor cuts a mediocre film out of pure garbage, or if they simply make impeccable footage flow well […]

‘The Artist’ triumphs at the Golden Globes with 3 Wins

“The Artist” lead the way with three golden statues including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.  Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” followed with two wins including Best Picture (Drama) and another award for lead George Clooney.  Probably the biggest surprise of the night was Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” winning Best […]

Directors Guild of America Preview & Predictions

Probably the most important precursor of them all, the Directors Guild of America announces their nominees tomorrow.  With the field of Best Picture anywhere between five and ten, the names called tomorrow morning will be essential to making the final cut in both Motion Picture and Director.  Last year, the group chose Darren Aronofsky (Black […]

Sizing Up the Costume Design Field

So what could one possibly say about Best Costume Design that one couldn’t possibly infer from all of my previous installments? Even non-Oscar watchers could tell you that the most ornate and attention-grabbing costumes get the lion’s share of these prizes, meaning that period pieces and fantasy films almost always clean up here (but almost […]

War Horse for Picture, Scorsese for Director?

Scott Feinberg has astutely pointed out that Steven Spielberg’s War Horse has galloped into the lead for the Oscar as Best Picture, easing past The Artist and The Descendants, with its old fashioned emotion and sentiment set against the horrors of war. Is anyone really surprised? Spielberg evokes the great works of John Ford and David […]