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The Road To Oscar Annual Series

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Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Reflections On "Manchester by the Sea," "Hidden Figures," "Arrival," "La La Land," "Lion," "Passengers"

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
Bucking The Oscar Nomination Norm: "Kubo and the Two Strings"

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
Déjà vu: DGA Award, Best Director Oscar Nomination Discrepancy Continues

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
Ang Lee Makes "Walk" An Immersive Experience

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
Production Designer Ruth De Jong Takes Us To "Manchester by the Sea"

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
The Kluges Create Sounds of "Silence" For Martin Scorsese

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. ...

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016
"Arrival" Marks Departure From Conventional Sci-Fi Fare

Arrival is one of 10 features to make the shortlist for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. If the film goes on to garner a VFX nomination, it would be the first for effects supervisor Louis Morin. Still, Morin is no stranger to industry recognition, having earned two VES Award nominations...

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016
Denzel Washington's Collaborators Come From Both Sides Of The "Fences"

For Fences (Paramount Pictures), director/actor Denzel Washington brought together collaborators from both sides of the figurative fence--prime examples being cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen and editor Hughes Winborne. 

The latter has worked with Washington before,...

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
Oscar Season Insights From Directors Jenkins, Scorsese, Larrain, DPs Young, Sandgren

Before his first feature, the well-received Medicine for Melancholy, director Barry Jenkins made an early mark as a filmmaker with a 2013 short titled Chlorophyl, an evocation of his native Miami emphasizing changes wrought through urban renewal. The film premiered at the local...

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
"A Monster Calls" For Director J.A. Bayona

All three of director J.A. Bayona’s creatively ambitious features share the bond of what he describes as “characters finding themselves in a very intense situation, with death on the horizon.”

It started with The Orphanage, a poignant horror movie from screenwriter Sergio G....

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