Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Road To Oscar

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Welcome to the most unwelcoming gift shop you’ve ever seen. It’s not overtly so. And it’s not a pivotal but rather a briefly seen setting in writer/director Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight). But that’s what makes it all the more intriguing...

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Part of this season’s Oscar conversation centers on creatively inspired creatures who play integral roles in telling ambitious stories. They include:

• A leader of apes who faces a profound inner struggle.
• A genetically engineered “pet” who’s seemingly part pig, manatee, hippo and...

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

For director/writer Hannes Holm, the realization that his Swedish film A Man Called Ove (Music Box Films) earned Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling (Eva Von Bahr, Love Larson) finally hit home for him at the recent...

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

Lion (The Weinstein Company) roared on Saturday night. At the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. the film earned director Garth Davis the Best First Feature honor. And across town at the ASC Awards in Hollywood, Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, won the...

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

With Manchester by the Sea, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan doubled his number of career Oscar nominations. His nods for Best Achievement in Directing and Best Original Screenplay were two of six earned by the film, the others being for Best Picture, Lead Actor (Casey Affleck),...

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

The long and short of it when it comes to the unconventional in Oscar nominations can be found in the animated film categories. On the former score, Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika/Focus Features) scored a pair of nominations--for Best Animated Feature Film and for Achievement in Visual...

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

The overwhelming majority of the time there is at least one difference between the Best Director Oscar and DGA Award nominee lineups. The fact is that in only five of the 69 years of the DGA Awards have the Guild nominations exactly mirrored their Academy Award counterparts.

This time...

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Director Ang Lee has no aversion to creative risk taking, which is all the more admirable when he instead could just as easily rest on his laurels. But it’s that curiosity and creative drive that have helped earn him those laurels to begin with as reflected in a body of work which includes such...

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

For Ruth De Jong, production designers “are very much researchers and journalists in a sense. So much of our design influence comes from a heavy amount of research no matter what period, what time frame a film calls for--unless it’s some completely fantastical world that doesn’t exist anywhere....

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

For composers Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Kluge, the challenge of scoring director Martin Scorsese’s Silence was daunting. Yet paradoxically it in some respects came naturally thanks to the direction they received from Scorsese who also wrote the screenplay in concert with Jay Cocks. ...