Interview: Ben Burtt and Lincoln’s sound design

Sound designer Ben Burtt began his career in 1975, and his innovations were quickly recognized by the Academy who gave him Special Achievement Awards for Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Burtt went on to win competitive Oscars for his work on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and...

Daniel Day-Lewis in the Lincoln Bedroom

Nov. 15, 2012 “We had just watched the movie ‘Lincoln’ in the White House theatre with the director, screenwriter and many of the actors attending. Later, the President invited Daniel Day-Lewis upstairs to see the Lincoln Bedroom in the private residence. Here...
Posted On 03 Jan 2013

Interview: Janusz Kaminski and Lincoln

In 1993, Steven Spielberg directed Schindler’s List, marking the first collaboration between Spielberg and Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski. Kaminski has worked on every Spielberg film since, and they both won Oscars for their work on Schindler’s List and Saving Private...

What President Obama Learned from Lincoln

As person of the year, President Obama was asked about the film, Lincoln: I wanted to ask you, Mr. President, about the film Lincoln. We know that you gathered a group to see it here. And for me watching that movie, it was as if I had spent three hours with Lincoln. And I...
Posted On 19 Dec 2012

State of the Race: “In weakness and fear, and with much trembling.”

2012′s lineup for Best Picture brings to mind sober reflection.  As we redefine who we were in America, on the eve of President Obama’s second inaugural, our troubled past still haunts us.  Two films deal in very different ways with the subject of slavery. Two films...
Posted On 19 Dec 2012

SBIFF to Honor Daniel Day-Lewis with Montecito Award

Lincoln is now officially the highest grossing film of Daniel Day-Lewis’ career. If you adjust for inflation, it comes in second. Now, the Santa Barbara Film Fest will honor him with the Montecito Award, which I will hopefully witness in person. The Santa Barbara...
Posted On 18 Dec 2012

Debating Lincoln, Defining History

From history professors to civil rights leaders, Spielberg’s Lincoln has become a bit of a hot-button issue, not quite on the level of hysteria Zero Dark Thirty has stirred up, but enough of a “whisper campaign” to be a threat.  This is the way it is in Oscar...
Posted On 17 Dec 2012

The State of the Race: By Three

  Oscar ballots are going out to 5,856 in the Academy.  Those ballots are then due back by January 3rd, the same day the Producers Guild announce their top ten for 2012.  We are down to the thick of it, and believe it or not, a general consensus is forming.  One line of...
Posted On 14 Dec 2012

The Globes, SAGs – Who’s Up, Who’s Down – Oscar Ballots Go Out in 4 Days

Sounds like we’re talking about bras, doesn’t it? What has come out of the awards rush most prominently is that Lincoln is already breaking records for Steven Spielberg. It isn’t a surprise that it’s just about to cross $100 million, in only 2K theaters....
Posted On 13 Dec 2012

New York Film Critics Awards, 3 apiece for Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln!

Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, Deep Blue Sea Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Bernie and Magic Mike Best...
Posted On 03 Dec 2012