Oscars: Pete Hammond Handicaps The Best Director Race – AwardsLine
This issue of AwardsLine went to press moments before Alejandro G. Iñárritu took the top DGA Awards prize last weekend, but without question the big shocker in the AMPAS list—and isn't there always at least one of those in this category?—was the omission of veteran Ridley Scott for his superb work on The Martian. Scott was the one DGA nominee who did not repeat on Oscar's list, replaced instead by Room's Lenny Abrahamson, with a small film that couldn’t possibly be more… Read
After Winning An Oscar For ‘The English Patient’, DP John Seale Returns To The Desert With George Miller On ‘Mad Max’
When Australian cinematographer John Seale got word of the Sisyphean development of Mad Max: Fury Road in its early stages, he was just glad that it wasn’t his cross to bear, not realizing that he would soon find himself working on one of the most infamously challenging productions in recent film history. He was happy, though, to come back to work for George Miller, having previously collaborated with the director on Lorenzo’s Oil back in 1992, and finding him an ideal… Read
Making The Environment A Better Place, One Note At A Time: J. Ralph & His Oscar-Nominated Song “Manta Ray”
Composer J. Ralph has cut an interesting path for himself, working simultaneously as an artist and social activist while writing and producing the music for seven of the Oscar-winning or nominated documentaries over the past eight years. Ralph has been nominated twice for Best Original Song—first, for “Before My Time” in the 2012 film Chasing Ice, and now “Manta Ray” in Racing Extinction, both films that explore different elements of climate change that are issues of… Read
Composer Carter Burwell On ‘Carol’, ‘Anomalisa’ And The Coens’ Unique Comedic Brand
When you've scored some 90-odd films and have a long-standing relationship with the Coen brothers, you could be forgiven for relaxing and taking a break. But not Carter Burwell. This season he snagged his first Oscar nom for his Carol score, worked on Anomalisa, Legend, Mr Holmes, Hail Caesar! and The Finest Hours, with yet more projects in the pipeline.
Actually Burwell did take a break in his career once, but it could hardly be classed as a vacation since he was busy… Read
Production Designer Jack Fisk On Creating The World Of ‘The Revenant’: Make It As Real As Mother Nature
For The Revenant production designer Jack Fisk, mother nature’s war against the production could have been worse. Sure, there were below zero temperatures and a complete extinction of snow in Canada, but for the native Virginian, there’s nothing like the outdoors. That talent for wrangling exteriors in the wild has made Fisk the go-to production designer for such auteurs as Terrence Malick, David Lynch, Paul Thomas Anderson and now Alejandro Inarritu in his 20th Century… Read
Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Contenders Told To Submit List Of “Thank Yous” In Advance As Event Draws Huge Crowd
At today’s annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs blissfully took care of a question that may have been on lots of minds in the room filled with contenders and voters. That would be the recent controversy over diversity in the Academy membership ranks and among this year’s nominees which, unless you have been living under a rock, includes the fact that again the Oscars have a lineup of all-white acting… Read
BET’s New Red Carpet Fashion Show Snubs Oscars
BET said this morning it’s launching a series of specials, Wendy’s Style Squad, in which Wendy Williams and a panel will break down trophy show red carpet fashions. The first of five specials will launch February 16 – in time to highlight this year’s Grammy Awards. There will also be shows focused on the BET Awards (of course), the Primetime Emmy Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards.
Notice anything missing? The Academy Awards maybe?
Annie Awards: ‘Inside Out’ Takes Best Animated Feature – Complete Winners List
It already has taken Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes and PGA Awards, and tonight Inside Out scored the big prize at the 43rd Annie Awards. This win from its peer community — along with nine others — puts Pixar’s pic and its $856.8 million worldwide box office solidly in the front-runner spot for this year's Academy Awards on February 28.
“Sorry if you guys are sick of seeing us up here,” said director Peter Docter on a night that saw the Pixar pic dominate at… Read
‘Spotlight’s Tom McCarthy: “I Passed The First Time”
Spotlight is undoubtedly a frontrunner in the Best Picture race, but when Tom McCarthy was first approached to direct, he turned it down. “I couldn't wrap my head around it,” he says. The procedural exploring the expose of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church by reporters at The Boston Globe has so far garnered a slew of noms and awards, among them the Critics Choice for Best Picture. With rave reviews, a star-heavy ensemble cast and a 'based on a true story' premise, it… Read
‘Spotlight’ Kicks Off Vatican Clerical Sex Abuse Commission
As the Tom McCarthy-directed Spotlight heads toward $40 million U.S. gross and rolls out overseas, the Best Picture nominee continues to have an impact on the disclosure of predator priests. Dioceses in Australia, Minneapolis and Washington State are among those that have made public the kinds of records that the Boston Globe Spotlight team won a Pulitzer Prize exposing in Boston. Today, a Vatican commission on clerical sex abuse started the proceedings with a private… Read
‘The Look Of Silence’s Joshua Oppenheimer: “We Had A Getaway Car And Bags Packed, Ready To Evacuate” – AwardsLine
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer was teaching Indonesian plantation workers how to make their own film about union issues when he first forged the relationships that would lead him to make the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act Of Killing (2014) and its follow-up The Look Of Silence, exec produced by Werner Herzog. Since he made this pair of films about the Indonesian genocide of 1965, the Indonesian government has for the first time publicly admitted the genocide was wrong… Read
Oscars: Deadline’s Pete Hammond Vs. Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil In Their Most Fierce Predictions Smackdown Yet (Video)
Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I go at it again in our latest Oscar Smackdown, where we try to make sense of where the race is now post PGA and SAG and just in front of the hardest-to-predict DGA Awards in years. What does it all mean for the Academy? Tom thinks there are three pictures in it to win it all — Spotlight, The Big Short and The Revenant — and I would throw in even more including George Miller’s surging Mad Max: Fury Road, which has the second-highest number of… Read