Archive for February 15, 2015

Oscars 2014 Update: MPSE Awards

The Motion Picture SOund Edtorsalso gave out awarsd tonight.

What does that leave? Only the Costume Designers left to give out their guild awards. And that’s on Tuesday. Which means we’ve essentially got every piece of the puzzle we’re going to have to solve this year’s Oscars. Voting closes Tuesday as well, by the way.

Anyway, these awards are for sound editing, which is the creation and design of all the sounds used in the film. So basically… the creation of gunshots, all of the dialogue, the picking of the music tracks, etc. etc. All of that is sound editing. And sound mixing is what you hear in the film. They’re similar, yet different. This one is more about the physical creation of the sounds, rather than the entire, completed mix. Sound editing is part of sound mixing.

Anyway, here are the MPSE winners: (more…)


Oscars 2014 Update: ASC Awards

The American Society of Cinematographers handed out their awards tonight.

Birdman won.

There’s not really much to add to that. There would have been something to talk about only if it didn’t win.

As much as it takes a lot of the surprise out of the night, I do like having a bunch of categories that I know the most likely outcome to. Because then I don’t have to think about them and can focus on the more difficult ones. This one has, all along, been one of those categories. I think we all know this one is going Birdman’s way.

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Oscars 2014 Category Breakdown: Best Supporting Actress

This is a tradition for me. Every year, before the Oscars, I break down every single one of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with each category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.

Today is Best Supporting Actress. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Do you no good to go poking around under rocks, Justin. Some very nasty things live under rocks, especially in foreign gardens.”

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