Category: Oscars Shortlist

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Oscars Watch: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred forty films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “Caroline” “Chuchotage” “Detainment” “Fauve” “Icare” “Marguerite” “May Day” “Mother” “Skin” “Wale” Nomination … Read More Oscars Watch: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards.  Eighty-one films had originally qualified in the category.  Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “Age of Sail” “Animal Behaviour” “Bao” “Bilby” “Bird Karma” “Late Afternoon” “Lost & Found” “One … Read More Oscars Watch: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 15 Original Songs Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 91st Academy Awards. Ninety songs were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title: “When A Cowboy Trades … Read More Oscars Watch: 15 Original Songs Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 15 Original Scores Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are: “Annihilation” – Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury “Avengers: Infinity War” – Alan Silvestri “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” … Read More Oscars Watch: 15 Original Scores Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards.  The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.  All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019.  Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. … Read More Oscars Watch: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 7 Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Seven films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 91st Academy Awards.  All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019.  Members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar® consideration. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: … Read More Oscars Watch: 7 Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards.  Eighty-seven films had originally been considered in the category. Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 10.  The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign … Read More Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards.  One hundred four films had originally qualified in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “Black Sheep” “End Game” “Lifeboat” “Los Comandos” “My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes” “A Night at the Garden” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 91st Academy Awards.  One hundred sixty-six films were originally submitted in the category.  Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.  The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “Charm City” “Communion” “Crime + Punishment” “Dark Money” “The Distant Barking of Dogs” “Free Solo” “Hale County This … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 20 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

From Oscars.org: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” “Aquaman” “Avengers: Infinity War” “Black Panther” “Bumblebee” “Christopher Robin” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” “First Man” “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “Jurassic … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 20 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 166 Documentary Features in Contention for 91st Academy Awards

“Above and Beyond: NASA’S Journey to Tomorrow” “Active Measures” “Amazing Grace” “American Chaos” “Andy Irons: Kissed by God” “Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco” “Avicii: True Stories” “Bali: Beats of Paradise” “Bathtubs over Broadway” “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” “Believer” “Better Angels” “Bill Coors: The Will to Live” “Bisbee ’17” “The Bleeding Edge” “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years … Read More Oscars Watch: 166 Documentary Features in Contention for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 25 Animated Features submitted for 91st Academy Awards

“Ana y Bruno” “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” “Early Man” “Fireworks” “Have a Nice Day” “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “The Laws of the Universe – Part I” “Liz and the Blue Bird” “Lu over the Wall” “MFKZ” “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms” “Mirai” “The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl” “On Happiness Road” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” “Ruben … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 25 Animated Features submitted for 91st Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 87 Contenders in Foreign Language Feature Category

Afghanistan, “Rona Azim’s Mother,” Jamshid Mahmoudi Algeria, “Until the End of Time,” Yasmine Chouikh Argentina, “El Ángel,” Luis Ortega Armenia, “Spitak,” Alexander Kott Australia, “Jirga,” Benjamin Gilmour Austria, “The Waldheim Waltz,” Ruth Beckermann Bangladesh, “No Bed of Roses,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Belarus, “Crystal Swan,” Darya Zhuk Belgium, “Girl,” Lukas Dhont Bolivia, “The Goalkeeper,” Rodrigo “Gory” Patiño Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Never Leave Me,” Aida Begić … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 87 Contenders in Foreign Language Feature Category

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Oscars Watch: 341 Eligible Features Films for 90th Academy Awards

Out of these 341, only 5 through 10 can be nominated by the Academy for Best Picture. This is a list of any feature film released within the year that had or will have a Los Angeles theatrical run that qualifies it for being in the Best Picture category. The Netflix movies on this list likely had a simultaneous release on both Netflix and … Read More Oscars Watch: 341 Eligible Features Films for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

Here are your final seven competitors for Best Makeup and Hairstyling in a feature. Netflix’s “Bright” pops in here so either the Academy is starting to move toward not minding the streaming service or it just happened to make the final cut. Oddly missing are “Beauty and the Beast” and more surprisingly, “The Shape Of Water,” with its sea creature looking very much a … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 70 Original Songs Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

This year’s Best Original Song shortlist features everything from pop artists like Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban, and Taylor Swift & ZAYN to country artists like Brad Paisley, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. You’ve got pop bands like Bastille and OneRepublic while legends Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, and even Cher have new original music featured on soundtracks. “Weird Al” Yankovic provided the theme to “Captain … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 70 Original Songs Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 141 Original Scores Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

With 141 Original Scores in contention, it’s still anyone’s clue what will land a nomination, but with critics awards coming out, we know at least a few scores that are being awarded and could potentially breakthrough. Combine that with the list of films that have big name composers that the Academy likes and the films that will likely be nominated in several categories including … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 141 Original Scores Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar® consideration. “Alien: Covenant” “Blade Runner 2049” “Dunkirk” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” “Kong: … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

The Foreign Language features have been parred down from 92 entries to just 9 eligible for the five slots and a shot at the Oscar. Interestingly enough, Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” was not on the list, nor was Norway’s entry “Thelma” or the two-time Academy Award nominated director Michael Haneke’s “Happy End.” Here are the nine that were chosen: Chile, “A … Read More Oscars Watch: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

“DeKalb Elementary” – Reed Van Dyk (UCLA) “The Eleven O’Clock” – Derin Seale (FINCH) “Facing Mecca” – Jan-Eric Mack and Joël Jent (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion) “Icebox” – Daniel Sawka and Camille Cornuel (Iceboxthefilmco) “Lost Face” – Sean Meehan and Sam McGarry (Soma Films) “My Nephew Emmett” – Kevin Wilson, Jr. (New York University) “Rise of a Star” – James Bort and Boris Mendza (Fulldawa … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

Nothing out of the ordinary here, with plenty of different topics to choose from. Only one real music documentary in “Long Strange Trip,” so that might end up breaking through just because of the difference in subject matter and seeing as the music docs have been known to win it all, i.e. “Searching For Sugar Man” and “20 Feet From Stardom.” There’s some particularly … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

There were 77 eligible shorts this year, but the Academy’s Documentary Branch has narrowed the Documentary Shorts category down to ten, with five of which eventually going on to earn Oscar nominations. “Alone” – The New York Times “Edith+Eddie” – Heart is Red and Kartemquin Films “Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405″ – Stiefel & Co. “Heroin(e)” – A Netflix Original Documentary … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

As with most years, the front-runner for Best Animated Short is Pixar’s “Lou,” which played before “Cars 3” and addressed bullying on the playground. A few others I feel have a good chance are “Dear Basketball,” “Garden Party,” and “In A Heartbeat” as it looks like they are out of the box animations with some interesting subject matter. “Cradle” – Devon Manney (University of … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 20 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced twenty films as their short for the Best Visual Effects category. Of the twenty, six of them are of the Marvel and DC universe. A few, like “Dunkirk” and “The Shape Of Water are the big Oscar contenders in other categories so they could easily make the final cut. “Alien: Covenant” “Beauty and the … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 20 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 92 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

From Oscars.org: A record 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. Afghanistan, “A Letter to the President,” Roya Sadat Albania, “Daybreak,” Gentian Koçi Algeria, “Road to Istanbul,” Rachid Bouchareb Argentina, “Zama,” Lucrecia Martel Armenia, “Yeva,” Anahit Abad Australia, “The Space … Read More Oscars Watch: 92 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 26 Animated Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

Welcome to full Oscar Season, as we officially have a shortlist for the Best Animated Features. Twenty-six films made the cut, with a few still waiting on their required Los Angeles qualifying run. “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” “The Boss Baby” “The Breadwinner” “Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie” “Cars 3” “Cinderella the Cat” “Coco” “Despicable Me 3” … Read More Oscars Watch: 26 Animated Features Shortlisted for 90th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 91 Original Songs Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

“Just Like Fire” from “Alice through the Looking Glass” – (performed by Pink) “Rise” from “American Wrestler: The Wizard” – (performed by Andy Madadian) “Friends” from “The Angry Birds Movie” – (performed by Blake Shelton) “Flicker” from “Audrie & Daisy” – (performed by Tori Amos) “Seconds” from “Autumn Lights” – (performed by Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson) “A Minute To Breathe” from “Before the Flood” – … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 91 Original Songs Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 145 Original Scores Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

“The Abolitionists” – Tim Jones “Absolutely Fabulous The Movie” – Jake Monaco “The Accountant” – Mark Isham “Alice through the Looking Glass” – Danny Elfman “Allied” – Alan Silvestri “Almost Christmas” – John Paesano “American Pastoral” – Alexandre Desplat “The Angry Birds Movie” – Heitor Pereira “Anthropoid” – Robin Foster “Armenia” – My Love” – Silvia Leonetti “Assassin’s Creed” – Jed Kurzel “Autumn Lights” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 145 Original Scores Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 27 Animated Features Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

“The Angry Birds Movie” “April and the Extraordinary World” “Bilal” “Finding Dory” “Ice Age: Collision Course” “Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Kung Fu Panda 3” “The Little Prince” “Long Way North” “Miss Hokusai” “Moana” “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” “Mune” “Mustafa & the Magician” “My Life as a Zucchini” “Phantom Boy” “The Red Turtle” “Sausage Party” “The Secret Life of … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 27 Animated Features Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

“It’s Only the End of the World” (Canada) “The King’s Choice” (Norway) “Land of Mine” (Denmark) “A Man Called Ove” (Sweden) “My Life as a Zucchini” (Switzerland) “Paradise” (Russia) “The Salesman” (Iran) “Tanna” (Australia) “Toni Erdmann” (Germany) With “The Handmaiden” and “Elle” being the favorites yet not in contention, the only other foreign language film that was being tossed around with those films is … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

“Arrival” “The BFG” “Captain America: Civil War” “Deepwater Horizon” “Doctor Strange” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” “The Jungle Book” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Passengers” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” 2016’s Best Visual Effects have been shortlisted to ten, with some definite standouts. But first, let’s look over the past few winners to show where this category has been in the … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 20 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

“Alice through the Looking Glass” “Arrival” “The BFG” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” “Captain America: Civil War” “Deadpool” “Deepwater Horizon” “Doctor Strange” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” “Independence Day: Resurgence” “The Jungle Book” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” “Passengers” “Rogue One” “Star Trek Beyond” “Suicide Squad” “Sully” “Warcraft” “X-Men: Apocalypse”

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

“Brillo Box (3¢ Off)” – Brillo Box Documentary “Close Ties” – Munk Studio / Polish Filmmakers Association “Extremis” – f/8 Filmworks in association with Motto Pictures “4.1 Miles” – University of California, Berkeley “Frame 394” – Compy Films “Joe’s Violin” – Lucky Two Productions “The Mute’s House” – The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School “The Other Side of Home” – Feeln “Watani: My Homeland” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

Ten films continue on the journey for being the final five for Best Visual Effects. Both Marvel films released this year, “Ant-Man” and “The Avengers: Age Of Ultron” are honored as are the favorites “Jurassic World,” “The Martian,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. “Ex Machina” could find itself a nomination if it rallies the support. But “Mad Max: Fury Road with all it’s … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

The Academy narrows Best Foreign Language Feature down to nine, which was no easy feat, I am sure. Note that there is no “The Assassin,” “The Second Mother,” or “Goodnight Mommy,” to which many thought were deserving and I personally would have loved to watch the last one as part of the challenge, but will instead seek it out myself. The obvious front-runner is … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 112 Original Scores Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards – Minus “The Revenant”

What basically becomes a list of all the films released this year, the only surprise is that “The Revenant” does not make the list. The score was produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, and Bryce Dessner, but for some reason it didn’t make the cut. Indiewire offers this: “Ryuichi Sakamoto’s score for “The Revenant” did not fit their criteria (they couldn’t separate out his … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 112 Original Scores Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards – Minus “The Revenant”

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Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

With a shortlisting in the Best Makeup & Hairstyling category, we have a fairly clear picture of what’s being considered. In my picks, I’m leaning towards the films that will likely receive other awards love. Since there’s only three nominations in this category, four of them won’t make the cut. “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” feel like safe bets to me, while … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 74 Original Songs Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

From 50 different features, there are 74 songs in contention for Best Original song, from famous artists like Eminem and Ellie Goulding to Hindi artists and composers. My top pick and the song I’ll be vying for at the Oscars is Furious 7’s “See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa, as it is the perfect song to go with that film, was a hit on … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 74 Original Songs Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

Not surprising at all is the fact that Pixar’s short, “Sanjay’s Super Team” is at the head of the pack for Best Animated Short. I’ve also heard “World Of Tomorrow” is quite good. Other than that, I have not seen any of these films and can pass no judgment, although I look forward to seeing all the ones that get nominated. It’s interesting to … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

Documentary Features have gone from a pool of 124 down to 15, now with a much clearer vision of what could come down as the winner. The odds-on favorite, in my opinion, is still the documentary about Amy Winehouse, simply titled “Amy,” which has had tons of support since its release and was just recognized as the National Board Of Review’s Best Documentary of … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

Five of these live action shorts will be picked from the current pool of 10, most of which come from different countries other than America. The final five will be screened in theaters in the Oscar Shorts series that is presented most years. Last year’s winner was “The Phone Call,” which starred Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent. “Ave Maria,” Basil Khalil (Incognito Films) “Bad … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 16 Animated Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

Truth be told, it’s not every year that you get two Disney/Pixar films in contention for an Academy Award, but 2015 is one of those years, so you can consider two of the five spots in the nominations taken already by “The Good Dinosaur” and “Inside Out,” with the latter being the front-runner for the win already on most people’s lists. For me, sight … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 16 Animated Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

Not much to say on this one. Documentary Shorts have been shortlisted to the following 10, which will then be narrowed down to 5, which will then be presented in what is normally a two-part theatrical release called Oscar Shorts. Last year’s winner was “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”. “Body Team 12,” RYOT Films and Vulcan Productions “Chau, beyond the Lines,” Cynasty Films “Claude … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 124 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

One hundred and twenty four documentaries is a ridiculous amount to choose from, but somehow that will get narrowed down to five. The ones that have the most buzz include “Amy,” the documentary about Amy Winehouse which was released this summer (the “Amy” trailer), “Best Of Enemies,” the Buckley Vs. Vidal documentary highlighting their rivalry (the “Best Of Enemies” trailer), “A Brave Heart: The … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 124 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 81 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

As with most years, the Foreign Language Feature submissions from each country are the first to be displayed. Spanning the globe, these films have all met their eligibility requirements and will become one of five films to make the final cut. Eventually these 83 films will be narrowed down to 9 that are eligible and from that smaller pool will come the five nominees. … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 81 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

From 83 films to 9, the Oscar shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film category has been solidified. The next process will see five of these films becoming nominees for the Academy Awards category. Expect “Ida”, “Leviathan”, and “Force Majeure” to make the final cut, as they have all been touted over since their releases. “Ida” and “Force Majeure” in particular have both been … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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Oscar Shortlist: 7 Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

In the smallest category of the Academy Awards, with eventually only three nominees, the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Oscar is still completely up for grabs despite now only having seven films in contention. “The Amazing Spider-man 2” saw Jamie Foxx get the full blue Electro make-over. “Foxcatcher” saw Steve Carrell get the creepy John Du Pont make-over with a prosthetic nose. Several characters including … Read More Oscar Shortlist: 7 Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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Oscar Shortlist: 79 Original Songs Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

If there is absolutely one Oscar category that is impossible to predict every year, it is the Best Original Song. Last year, with a song being deemed ineligible and previous years with only two nominees, the Best Original Song category should get back to normal this year with a shake up in the nominating process. However, predicting this category will still almost be impossible. … Read More Oscar Shortlist: 79 Original Songs Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 114 Original Scores Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

As with every year around this time, Best Original Score has barely been narrowed down, with 114 of the best scores still in contention. With 109 of these composers going home unhappy, the field is wide open for this one. The ones to watch out for are almost always the Academy favorites like Hans Zimmer (“Interstellar”), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“Gone Girl”), and … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 114 Original Scores Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 20 Animated Features & 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

The animated feature films have been narrowed down to twenty. Three to bank on are “Big Hero 6” because of the Disney factor, “The Lego Movie” which is widely popular this year and making a run for the animated film to beat, and “How To Train Your Dragon 2” which is also popular and following the original that was nominated for an Oscar as … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 20 Animated Features & 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Best Visual Effects Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

Looking at this list of films in contention for the Best Visual Effects nominations shows you exactly how good of a year it was in film, especially where visual effects were concerned. Consisting of three superhero films, four sequels, a reboot, a re-imagining, and one original science fiction fare, this is also a perfect dissection of where the Hollywood blockbuster is at. I question … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Best Visual Effects Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

The enormous list of this year’s eligible documentaries has been whittled down to fifteen. First off all, let it be known that I have not seen any of these documentaries yet, but I have seen almost all of their trailers. Of the bunch, there are clear frontrunners which will likely get nominated and a few that are completely up in the air. If there was … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 83 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

First out of the gate are the submissions for Best Foreign Language Film. Sadly, each country gets one submission, so the films listed below are the films thought to have the best chance at gaining a nomination. Most of them you will not recognize, but there are a few that have either been buzzed about or released stateside. Mexico’s release “Cantinflas” was a nationwide … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 83 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: 9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS A few surprises come out of the Foreign Language Feature being shortlisted, especially with no love for Saudi Arabia’s first feature film ever “Wadjda” as well as previous winner Asghar Farhadi and his new film “The Past” starring Bérénice Bejo. I’m disappointed not to see “The Wall” or “Renoir” in the final cut. Regardless, we are left … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 75 Original Songs Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: SEVENTY-FIVE ORIGINAL SONGS And we’re down to seventy-five Original Songs, meaning songs that have music and lyrics written specifically for the film they are contained in and apparently, an original song that starts the credits (but none after, which is too bad for the original songs following Coldplay in the credits of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”). The odds-on favorite to … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 75 Original Songs Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup And Hairstyling Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: SEVEN FILMS FOR MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING Seven films now stand for Best Makeup & Hairstyling, but only three will get nominations in this category. Sadly, “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug” doesn’t make the cut. The two locks that I can see are “The Great Gatsby” which could even go on to take this award, and of course, “American Hustle” which … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup And Hairstyling Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 114 Original Scores Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: ONE-HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN ORIGINAL SCORES More of a reminder of what films were released this year, the 114 original scores will eventually be whittled down to five. Basically the who’s who of composing that we see every year, this year’s list has the big shots like Hans Zimmer considered for three different films (“12 Years A Slave”, “Man Of Steel”, “Rush”), … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 114 Original Scores Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: TEN LIVE ACTION SHORTS “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” Esteban Crespo, director (Producciones Africanauan) “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” Xavier Legrand, director, and Alexandre Gavras, producer (KG Productions) “Dva (Two),” Mickey Nedimovic, director, and Henner Besuch, director of photography (Filoufilm Dani Barsch) “Helium,” Anders Walter, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions) “Kush,” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: TEN FILMS FOR BEST VISUAL EFFECTS And the Best Visual Effects contenders are whittled down to ten, with the year’s best science fiction and action films filling the category. The obvious film to beat is “Gravity” and with the praise parade continuing for that film, it may have the closest thing to a lock before the nominations are announced. The film … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: FIFTEEN DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS Chances are if you haven’t heard of it, it is an HBO documentary. Otherwise, the rest of the entries are about what we expected, minus maybe Weinstein’s “Salinger” and “Let The Fire Burn” not finding spots on the list. Without having seen most of these, I feel like I can already pick my winner in “Blackfish”, which … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: TEN ANIMATED SHORTS “Feral,” Daniel Sousa, director, and Dan Golden, music and sound design (Daniel Sousa) “Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan, director, and Dorothy McKim, producer (Walt Disney Feature Animation) “Gloria Victoria,” Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada) “Hollow Land,” Uri Kranot and Michelle Kranot, directors (Dansk Tegnefilm, Les Films de l’Arlequin and the National Film Board of Canada) … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 19 Animated Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: NINETEEN ANIMATED FEATURE FILMS These are your Animated Feature films up for contention. With a mixed bag between U.S. and foreign films, box office smashes and flops, or soon to be released, these are the films that have the chance to make the short list and become an Oscar nominated film. With “The Wind Rises” being announced as likely to be … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 19 Animated Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 8 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: EIGHT DOCUMENTARY SHORTS “CaveDigger,” Karoffilms “Facing Fear,” Jason Cohen Productions, LLC “Jujitsu-ing Reality,” Sobini Films “Karama Has No Walls,” Hot Spot Films “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Reed Entertainment “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” Prison Terminal LLC “Recollections,” notrac productions “SLOMO,” Big Young Films and Runaway Films “CaveDigger” (39 min) Ra Paulette digs … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 8 Documentary Shorts Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 76 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: 76 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS Afghanistan, “Wajma – An Afghan Love Story,” Barmak Akram Albania, “Agon,” Robert Budina Argentina, “The German Doctor,” Lucía Puenzo Australia, “The Rocket,” Kim Mordaunt Austria, “The Wall,” Julian Pölsler      ** Azerbaijan, “Steppe Man,” Shamil Aliyev Bangladesh, “Television,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen      ** Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 76 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

We’re down to 9 foreign language films vying for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature, which originally had seventy-one films. No surprises, seeing the two frontrunners, “Amour” and “The Intouchables”, making the final cut. It is just too bad “Rust and Bone” isn’t competing, as it was my favorite foreign film so far this year. Here’s the official list that will eventually … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 9 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

With Best Makeup and Hairstyling down to just seven, there are several front-runners that stick out immediately for the three nomination spots. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is almost guaranteed a spot, with both “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” winning their respected years. I would also hazard a … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 7 Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 282 Films Eligible Best Pictures for 85th Academy Awards

Here’s the enormous list of 282 feature films are eligible to be considered for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Act Of Valor Adventures In Zambezia After The Wizard Alex Cross Already Famous The Amazing Spider-Man American Reunion Amour Anna Karenina Any Day Now The Apparition Arbitrage Argo Atlas Shrugged Part II Bachelorette Barbara Barrymore Battleship The Bay Beasts … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 282 Films Eligible Best Pictures for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 75 Original Songs Shortisted for 85th Academy Awards

From Awards Daily: “During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 75 Original Songs Shortisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 104 Original Scores Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

More of a list of every film that was released this year, which contained music (all of them), Best Original Score is hardly narrowed down. However, it is always fun getting new Oscar announcements, drawing us closer and closer to the day of the nominations. It is definitely anyone’s game in the music world. In a proverbial list of who’s who in the composing … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 104 Original Scores Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

A strange calm as blown over the documentary branch of the Academy as they release their oddly thrown together list of the “best” documentaries from this year, as the preliminary, word-of-mouth frontrunners are no where to be seen, including the NYFC’s pick this afternoon, “The Central Park Five”. Peter Jackson produced “West of Memphis” about the Memphis Three also misses it’s mar, as does … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Documentary Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 21 Animated Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

The semi-official list of animated features submitted for the 2012-2013 Oscar Season has been released, nailing the potential Best Animated Feature at 21 films: “Adventures in Zambezia” “Brave” “Delhi Safari” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” “Frankenweenie” “From Up on Poppy Hill” “Hey Krishna” “Hotel Transylvania” “Ice Age Continental Drift” “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 21 Animated Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 11 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

A necessity in any well-rounded Academy Awards is the Shorts categories. The live action shorts were narrowed down from a staggering 125 entries to a much more respectable 11 (barring a tie). “A Fábrica (The Factory),” Aly Muritiba, director (Grafo Audiovisual) “Asad,” Bryan Buckley, director, and Mino Jarjoura, producer (Hungry Man) “Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French, director, and Ariel Nasr, producer (Afghan Film Project) “Curfew,” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 11 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

The big news today is that the huge list of films with visual effects has been narrowed down to just 10: “The Amazing Spider-Man” “Cloud Atlas” “The Dark Knight Rises” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” “John Carter” “Life of Pi” “Marvel’s The Avengers” “Prometheus” “Skyfall” “Snow White and the Huntsman” The next step includes the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy sitting down on … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

The list of the ten films in contention for Best Animated Short was released today, one of which is already a favorite of mine, “Paperman”, which played in front of “Wreck-It Ralph” last weekend. Here is the complete list: “Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films) “Combustible,” Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.) “Dripped,” Léo Verrier, director (ChezEddy) “The Eagleman Stag,” Mikey Please, director, … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Watch: 71 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Below is the initial list of Foreign Language films up for consideration for this year’s Academy Awards. There’s four I’ve actually heard of including “Amour”, from Austria, which appears to be a shoe-in for making the final cut, “Sister”, from Switzerland, which just hit theaters this past weekend, and “The Intouchables”, from France, which received favorable reviews … Read More Oscars Watch: 71 Foreign Language Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 84th Academy Awards

These are the 10 Animated Short Films that will be considered for the 2012 Academy Awards:     “Dimanche/Sunday,” Patrick Doyon, director (National Film Board of Canada)     “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios LA, LLC)     “I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat,” Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 84th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 15 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 83rd Academy Awards

A little over a month before the nominees are released, the Academy teases us with the contenders for the Best Visual Effects. What exactly gets a film nominated for Best Visual Effects? Wikipedia supplies the answer: According to the official Academy Award rules, the criteria are: (a) consideration of the contribution the visual effects make to the overall production and (b) the artistry, skill … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 15 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 83rd Academy Awards