Archive for January 14, 2014

Oscars 2013 Update: CAS Nominations

And here’s your second shortlist of the day: The Cinema Audio Society.

That’s Sound Mixing, for those of you who don’t know.

Sound Editing is basically compiling all the different sounds, and making all the sounds that will be in the sound mix, and sound mixing is basically putting everything into what you hear when you watch the movie. So it’s basically mixing everything together, making certain things more noticeable than others, putting things in different channels (like when you hear the revving of a car in the rear speakers, but in the front you hear other effects and music and such), and putting the music and dialogue over everything. The real easy way to differentiate: Last year, Les Mis won for Mixing, and Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty tied (remember that?) for Editing.

So here are your Cinema Audio Society nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2013 Update: VES Nominations

The Visual Effects Society announced their nominations today.

This is mostly meaningless, since we all know Gravity is winning the Oscar.

But, you know — we go over shit. Maybe we’ll figure out who that fifth nominee is going to be.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek: Into Darkness
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 Or… not. Since that’s basically your Oscar category right there. (more…)

Oscars 2013: What My Nominations Ballot Would Look Like

Every year, leading up to Oscar nominations, I write three articles. The third one is an analysis of the actual nominations, who got left off, who snuck on, what looks like the favorite, whether the decisions were good or not — that sort of thing. That happens on the day of the nominations. The other two articles I write, leading up to nominations, are a juxtaposition of the objective and subjective. I separate the two so as not to cloud the issue.

The first article is a completely subjective list of what I’d nominate if given the chance. It’s what, in a perfect world, I’d like to see on the Oscar nominations list. Just me. Not you. This is my opinion, and nothing more. And the second is a completely objective list of what I believe is going to be nominated when the nominations are announced, based on precursors, instinct, and just having done it for so long. My opinion isn’t really involved in any way, unless it’s a tossup between two choices that seem equally likely, and I end up going with my personal choice just so I won’t kick myself if I guess the other one and my choice gets on.

But that’s what I do — first subjective, then objective, then nominations. That’s what these next three days are going to be about. Today is that first day — the subjective.

So here is what my Oscar nominations ballot would look like (were I to have one): (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Kane will be a dead man in half an hour and nobody’s gonna do anything about it. And when he dies, this town dies too. I can feel it. I am all alone in the world. I have to make a living. So I’m going someplace else. That’s all.”

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