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February 2010

VES Awards – Avatar Sweeps with 6

VES Awards – Avatar Sweeps with 6

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Thanks to Ladylurks who brings the following stat: Avatar tied for second-most wins at VES LOTR: The Two Towers ‚Äì 7 Pirates: Dead Man‚Äôs Chest ‚Äì 6 Avatar ‚Äì 6 VES Winners Visual Effects in Effects-driven Motion Picture: Avatar Supporting Visual Effects: Sherlock Holmes (Avatar not nommed in category) Outstanding models and miniatures in a feature motion picture: avatar Outstanding matte paintings in a motion picture: avatar Single Effect: Neytiri…

Kathryn Bigelow on 60 Minutes

Kathryn Bigelow on 60 Minutes

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Basterds — Can the Jews Save it?

Basterds — Can the Jews Save it?

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Basterds fans should be alerted to a piece by San Francisco Chronicle’s Mick LaSalle, who calls Basterds the only thing that happened in cinema in 2009. But for Oscar watchers, Scott Feinberg has posted a story that indicates a big push to get the Jews to vote for Basterds because it’s a modern day Purim story. There is a quite the detailed plot as to how this came to pass…

Predict the Oscar Winning Short Films

Predict the Oscar Winning Short Films

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Cast your predictions for this year‚Äôs Oscar nominated short film winners at shortshd.com. You can see brief clips of all the nominees and click to iTunes or InDemand to download if you like. We featured links to the animated shorts last a few weeks ago. If anyone has a source where we can see more of the live action shorts, links would be much appreciated. In the Live Action category…

When There Were Ten

When There Were Ten

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As promised, I have dutifully recorded the years when Oscar did have ten contenders for Best Picture, and did use the preferential ballot. Before they went to ten, they had more, but I figured I’d stick with the ten because that is what we had this year. There may be a mistake or two, there almost always is. My findings: I did confirm what I already suspected, which is that…

Cinema Audio Society Awards The Hurt Locker

Cinema Audio Society Awards The Hurt Locker

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Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture: The Hurt Locker! Mini-Series: Grey Gardens Best Sound Mixing for Television Series: Mad Men The awards are happening now. Someone asked what the difference was between the Cinema Audio Society and the Motion Picture Sound Editors awards. One is for Sound Mixing (CAS) and the other is for Sound Effects Editing. Generally speaking, the MPSE has matched up pretty closely with Oscar. Not sure…

ASC Award Goes to The White Ribbon!

ASC Award Goes to The White Ribbon!

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In a bit a bit of a shocker, but very well deserved, the ASC awards The White Ribbon with its top prize! Incredible.

Special Honors for Cameron & Pixar at tomorrow’s VES Awards

Special Honors for Cameron & Pixar at tomorrow’s VES Awards

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REELZCHANNEL IS THE EXCLUSIVE BROADCAST HOST OF THE 8th ANNUAL VISUAL EFFECTS SOCIETY (VES) AWARDS ON MARCH 5 REELZCHANNEL – TV About Movies¬Æ announced today movie fans will join host Sam Rubin to celebrate amonumental year in movie visual effects the broadcasts of the 8th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards, only on REELZCHANNEL. The VES Awards recognize outstanding artistry in more than twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials, and…

9 Césars for Un Prophète, 2 for Tahar Rahim

9 Césars for Un Prophète, 2 for Tahar Rahim

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Best Film : UN PROPHETE Best Director : Jacques Audiard for UN PROPHETE Best Actor : Tahar Rahim for UN PROPHETE Best Actress : Isabelle Adjani for LA JOURNEE DE LA JUPE Best Sup. Actor : Niels Arestrup for UN PROPHETE Best Sup. Actress : Emmanuelle Devos for A L‚ÄôORIGINE Best Promising Actor : Tahar Rahim for UN PROPHETE Best Promising Actress : M√©lanie Thierry for LE DERNIER POUR LA…

Steve Pond unravels the preferential ballot bafflement

Steve Pond unravels the preferential ballot bafflement

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Steve Pond, the Stephen Hawking of Oscarology, illuminates the dark art of preferential balloting at The Wrap, and enlightens us with Socratic clarity in 5 easy questions. (My favorite bit: the last paragraph of the answer to question #2). Deep breath. Focus. Here we go. 1. How many votes would Avatar [or The Hurt Locker, or any other nominee] need to win the first round? If every single eligible voter…