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The Road To Oscar Annual Series
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Thursday, Mar. 17, 2022
"No Time to Die" Breaks The James Bond VFX Oscar Nomination Drought
Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould has a James Bond lineage capped by a Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination this year for No Time to Die (MGM), marking the first such nod for a Bond film since 1980 when Moonraker turned the trick. Though he was far down the effects food...
Thursday, Mar. 10, 2022
Pamela Martin Reflects On "King Richard," Collaborating With Director Reinaldo Marcus Green
For her work on King Richard (Warner Bros. Pictures), Pamela Martin, ACE this past weekend (3/5) won the American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award for Best Edited Dramatic Feature Film. It marked her first Eddie win; she had previously been nominated twice--for Little Miss Sunshine...
Thursday, Mar. 3, 2022
Writer-Director Perspectives On "Belfast," "CODA," "Drive My Car"
Among the seven Oscar nominations earned by Belfast (Focus Features) are three for writer-producer-director Kenneth Branagh--Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The latter two make Branagh the first to receive Academy Award nods across seven categories in his...
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022
Directorial Debut Proves Historic With An Oscar Nomination For "Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom"
When his directorial debut, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Samuel Goldwyn Films), earned an Academy Award nomination earlier this month for Best International Feature, Pawo Choyning Dorji didn’t dwell on himself. Rather his immediate reaction sprung from his voice as “a Bhutanese.” To...
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022
The "Belfast" Perspective: Sound Through The Ears of a Child
Among Belfast’s (Focus Features) seven Oscar nominations are three for writer-producer-director Kenneth Branagh--Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The latter two make Branagh the first to receive Academy Award nods across seven categories in his career. He had...
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022
Nomination Déjà vu: DGA Award, Best Director Oscar Discrepancy Continues
The awards season norm has seen the nearly annual occurrence of at least one difference between the lineups of Best Director Oscar and the DGA Award nominees. In only five of the 74 years of the DGA Awards have the Guild nominations exactly mirrored their Academy Award counterparts.
Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022
Director Robert Greene Shifts The Balance Of Filmmaking Power In "Procession"
Empowerment takes on a whole new meaning and dimension in director Robert Greene’s Procession (Netflix), one of 15 feature documentaries to make the Oscars shortlist. Looking to give greater authorship to the people who are the subjects of his film, Greene initiated a bold experiment...
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022
Guillermo del Toro Reflects On "Nightmare Alley"
About half of Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures) had been shot when director Guillermo del Toro decided to shut down production as the global COVID-19 pandemic took hold. Though he wasn’t yet mandated to halt filming, del Toro didn’t want to risk the health and well-being of his...
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022
Insights Into Directing "Respect," Designing "The Tragedy of Macbeth," Scoring "The Last Duel"
Director Liesl Tommy recently showed a young filmmaker what a lookbook is, sharing the one she put together for MGM and producer Seth Bernstein as her pitch for Respect, the biopic about the late, great Aretha Franklin. Tommy, of course, wound up getting that gig, marking an auspicious...
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022
Directorial Perspectives On "Red Rocket" and "Flee"
Writer/director/producer/editor Sean Baker recalled that his latest film was born out of necessity. When the pandemic lockdown first hit, a planned feature for Baker fell by the wayside. So he “pivoted to something more feasible to make with a skeleton crew.”
From that pivot Red...