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Keira Knightley in Talks for Barbara Streisand ‘Catherine the Great’ Biopic

It seems Keira Knightley might have another juicy role on her hands. The Oscar-nominated actress is in early talks to portray Russian empress Catherine the Great in a biopic to be directed by Barbra Streisand. TheWrap reports that Gil Netter (“Life of Pi”) is producing the film, which will feature a script by Kristina Lauren […]

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Ang Lee is circling ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ as his next film

Even if I wasn’t amazingly enamored with Life of Pi, I did like Ang Lee‘s Oscar winning direction quite a bit (though he has Ben Affleck‘s Academy Award…there, I said it), so I’m pretty interested in what he’s going to do next. He’s got a few things potentially on his dance card, but what’s cropped […]

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Could ‘Gravity’ bring about a new Best Visual Imaging Oscar category?

A potentially interesting bit of Oscar related news might have come out of the annual Visual Effects Society summit that’s going on. Essentially, after films like Avatar and Life of Pi were competitive (in some cases winning) in Oscar categories like Best Art Direction, Cinematography, and Visual Effects, and with Gravity expected to do the […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Director

And the nominees are: Amour – Michael Haneke Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin Life of Pi – Ang Lee Lincoln – Steven Spielberg Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell Ah, the film director: the man or woman behind the curtain. The director is the person responsible for the entire production – […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

2013 Oscar Scenarios – Lee Becomes Fosse

As I kicked off some juice this past Monday and started some heated discussion, we’re looking at all the possible angles for any film to get love on Oscar night.  We took a look a scenario where Silver Linings Playbook would fall in line with Mike Nichols’ The Graduate (1967).  Ang Lee’s Life of Pi […]

Oscar 2013: Will Win/Should Win (Mike)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Melkonian)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

CAS and MPSE Guilds Sound Off

On late Saturday night, the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) handed out their prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing, awarding Les Misérables with their award for a live action film. This probably puts Les Misérables as the frontrunner for the Sound Mixing Oscar (if it wasn’t already), especially on the heels of last weekend’s victory with BAFTA in […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Young)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar Circuit: Sound Mixing

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Argo – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia Les Miserables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes Life of Pi – Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin Lincoln – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins Skyfall – Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson Arguably one of the most […]

Oscar Circuit: Film Editing

And the nominees are: Argo – William Goldenberg Life of Pi – Tim Squyres Lincoln – Michael Kahn Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg Film editing takes place on a movie in post-production, and is best described as the art of choosing shots […]

No Surprise: ‘Life of Pi’ Dominates the Visual Effects Society Awards

I think if you asked the staff to guarantee one win on Oscar night, we might all unanimously agree on the visual effects team for Life of Pi being triumphant. Heck, we might have all agreed on that before nominations were even announced. Well it seems thee Visual Effects Society (VES) has confirmed what we already […]