Archive for January 13, 2015

Oscars 2014: VES Nominations

The Visual Effects Society announced their nominations today. I thought they were coming tomorrow. But cool. One more to deal with and make my life easier for tomorrow, when my (incredibly long. Get ready, people. It’s… lengthy) Oscar nomination guesses article goes up.

Let’s get into them:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live-Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy



The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

X-Men: Days of Future Past (more…)

Oscars 2014: My Oscar Nominations

Oscar nominations come out in two days. Every year, leading up to them, I write to articles. First, I write what I’d nominate if I had a ballot. And then (which will be tomorrow), I write what I think actually will be nominated. I keep them separate because I like to keep objectivity and subjectivity mutually exclusive. I don’t want what I feel should happen to infringe in any way upon what I actually think is going to happen. Far too often is that the case on Oscar sites.

This article is going to be a completely subjective list of what I would nominate if given the chance. In a perfect world, based on everything I saw this year (some 300 movies), what I think should be nominated. These are my opinions, not yours. This is not what I think will happen, only what I’d like to see. Tomorrow is the objective list, based on precursors, history, gut feelings, and experience.

If I had an Oscar ballot, here’s what I’d nominate: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “We have fallen on happy times, Herr Hahn. In old times it would have made your day if I’d deigned to say good morning to you. Now that we are here in this place together… you feel obliged to tell me what to do with my life… Listen to me, Herr Hahn, there have been terrible things that have happened to me in my life. But the worst thing that has ever happened… is to find myself in the company of men like you.”

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Oscars 2014: DGA Nominations

The DGA announced their nominations today.

Not a very surprising list, honestly.

Here it is:

Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Clint Eastwood, American Sniper

Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game (more…)

Oscars 2014: CAS Nominations

The Cinema Audio Society announced their nominations. They’re the guild that corresponds to Best Sound (Mixing).

To make it easier on everyone, Best Sound Mixing is basically just the sound in the entire movie. And Sound Editing is the creation and assembling of those sounds. What you hear when you watch the movie. Which is why only musicals get nominated for Mixing and Pixar only gets nominated for Editing.

And the guild nominees for this year by the mixer are:

Motion Picture (Live-Action)

American Sniper


Guardians of the Galaxy


Unbroken (more…)