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Oscars 2018: How ‘The Shape of Water’ Became a Costume and Sound Contender

After “The Shape of Water” upset “Phantom Thread” at the Costume Designer Guild Awards, there’s Oscar momentum for costume designer Luis Sequeira. And there might even be an upset in the sound effects or sound mixing categories, given the potential coattail effect for Guillermo del Toro’s Best Picture frontrunner. Academy members just might also be […]

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Specialty Box Office Lags as Oscar Season Plays Out and Streaming Surges

Looking at the full-page movie ads in the Sunday The New York Times, one might think the upcoming movies are “Phantom Thread,” “Dunkirk,” and “Darkest Hour.” Nearly all the Arts & Leisure film ads were for Oscar contenders.That’s where the specialized market finds itself after a successful four-month awards season. But those films, many of […]

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Cas Awards 2018: ‘Dunkirk’ Wins Top Sound Mixing Honor

After losing the Mpse Award for sound editing, “Dunkirk” grabbed sound mixing honors Saturday night at the 54th Cas Awards at the Omni. Pixar’s “Coco” and National Geographic’s “Jane” took the animation and documentary prizes.With the Oscars a week away, will Christopher Nolan’s audio tour-de-force win both sound editing and sound mixing? Or will it […]

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2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars

At Saturday’s Cinema Audio Society Awards, “Dunkirk” edged out three of its Oscar rivals for Best Sound Mixing — “Baby Driver,” “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — as well as “Wonder Woman” for the top award. The Cas snubbed “Blade Runner: 2049,” which won big with the Motion Picture Sound […]

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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game Of Thrones’ And ‘Coco’ Win Big At 2018 Cas Awards

The final, yes, the final guild honor to be handed out before the Academy Awards this year were the Cas Awards Saturday night and there were few surprises from the Cinema Audio Society. The guild awarded honors to the the presumptive winner of the Sound Mixing Oscar, “Dunkirk,” as well as the massively popular “Game […]

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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing

Christopher Nolan’s World War II thriller “Dunkirk” walked away with top honors for sound mixing from the 54th annual Cinema Audio Society Saturday night, hosted by “The Daily Show” correspondent Michael Kosta.The film, which received eight Oscar nominations including best sound editing and best sound mixing, previously received the British Academy’s sound prize and an […]

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It’s ‘The Shape of Water’ vs. ‘Get Out’ for Three Top Oscars, and Jordan Peele Will Win One

As Oscar voters ponder their ballots (which are due Tuesday), two films are rising to the top of three key races: Best Original Screenplay, Director, and Picture. (We’ll discuss the Acting races later.) In each category, writer-directors Guillermo del Toro and Jordan Peele, with fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” and suspense thriller “Get Out” […]

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Will Alexandre Desplat Take Home Another Oscar? A History of Score Wins

Will French composer Alexandre Desplat win best original score award for “The Shape of Water,” as most Oscar prognosticators are currently predicting?As more than 7,300 eligible Academy members cast their ballots this week, they are mulling over the musical categories as well. Competing with Desplat is Jonny Greenwood’s score for “Phantom Thread,” Carter Burwell’s for […]

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Sound Is 50% of the Movie, but Hollywood is Often Tone-Deaf

People in the industry vaguely understand the job of an editor, cinematographer or production designer. But even sophisticated showbiz veterans are flummoxed by the work of sound people.It’s ironic because the movies of 2017 created some indelible sounds: the tinkle of a stirred teacup in “Get Out”; the hollow singing of the holograms in “Blade […]

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Oscars 2018: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot The Films Nominated for Best Cinematography

Every cinematographer knows that picking the right camera and lens doesn’t create the look of a movie. Yet understanding how these Oscar-nominated cinematographers determined the right tools for these five distinctive films reveals not only their intention, but also their approach and process.While shooting on film stock continues to make a comeback, with “prestige” period […]

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