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Sunday, Apr. 25, 2021
"Nomadland" Wins Best Picture Oscar; Director Chloé Zhao Makes History

Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a wistful portrait of itinerant lives on open roads across the American West, won best picture Sunday at the 93rd Academy Awards, where the China-born Zhao also became just the second woman to win best director, and the first woman of color. 

The “Nomadland”...

Friday, Apr. 16, 2021
Documentarian Alexander Nanau Reflects On "Collective," A Pair Of Oscar Nominations

As declarations of “Fake News” seemingly run rampant worldwide, Collective (Magnolia Pictures/Participant) underscores the true value of an independent press during partisan times. The documentary--which unfolds like a detective thriller--has earned acclaim for its gripping cinematic...

Friday, Apr. 9, 2021
Shaka King Puts Accomplishments Into Perspective For "Judas and the Black Messiah"

Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros. Pictures) earned six Oscar nominations--Best Picture, Original Screenplay (by Shaka King and Will Berson, story by Berson, King, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas), Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt, BSC), Supporting Actor (for both Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith...

Friday, Apr. 2, 2021
Directing and Writing "Another Round"; Lensing "Judas and the Black Messiah"; Producing "One Night in Miami..."

Thomas Vinterberg recently became part of recurring history relative to the Best Director Oscar and DGA Award nominee lineups. For 68 of the DGA Awards’ 73 years, there’s been at least one discrepancy between the Guild nominations and their Academy Award counterparts.

This time around...

Friday, Apr. 2, 2021
Academy Award Perspectives: From Contenders To Nominees

As in years past, a healthy percentage of those SHOOT interviewed relatively early on for its The Road To Oscar Series of feature stories--as well as our Cinematographers & Cameras Series--went on to land nominations. For example, three of the five Best Director nominees shared...

Friday, Mar. 26, 2021
"Emma" Lands Alexandra Byrne Her 6th Career Oscar Nomination

Costume designer Alexandra Byrne earlier this month garnered an Oscar nomination, the sixth of her career, for Emma (Focus Features) which is based on Jame Austen’s classic novel of the same title. Emma marks the feature directorial debut of Autumn de Wilde and stars Anya...

Friday, Mar. 19, 2021
Nomination Déjà vu: The DGA Award, Best Director Oscar Discrepancy

The awards season norm has seen the nearly annual occurrence of at least one difference between the Best Director Oscar and DGA Award nominees lineups. In only five of the 73 years of the DGA Awards have the Guild nominations exactly mirrored their Academy Award counterparts.

This time...

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021
Listening To "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

Supervising sound editor Renee Tondelli earned Oscar and BAFTA Award nominations in 2017 for her work on Deepwater Horizon. Now she is again in the awards season conversation for her contributions to The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix), a feature written and directed by Aaron...

Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021
Lensing, Composing and Production Designing For "Minari"

Writer-director Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari (A24) made a major splash at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, winning both the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the dramatic category. And the recognition continues--even when the film is on the receiving end of a...

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021
Insights Into The Lensing of "Mank," "The Prom," "Malcolm & Marie"

Mank (Netflix) marks cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt’s first narrative feature. It continues a series of firsts for the DP in collaboration with director David Fincher.

Messerschmidt, who earned ASC membership distinction last year, got a major break back in the day while...

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