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Five Hot Takes on the 2016 Oscars

1) #oscarssowhite Last year at this time, The Atlantic ran a headline complaining, "The Oscars haven't been this white in 19 years," noting that 2015 was the first time in since 1996 that all 20 acting nominees were white. Well, … more »


Last-Minute Oscar Predictions

In advance of tomorrow morning's Oscar nominations, I thought it would be fun to take a stab at predicting the outcome of a few key races, from Best Picture and Director through Cinematography and Editing all the way to Sound … more »


David Bowie’s Best Movies and Music Videos

The passing of David Bowie this weekend came as a huge shock to the entertainment industry — but not as much of a surprise to Bowie himself, who seems to have spent the bulk of his last year planning his exit, … more »

One of Sony's HDR-capable Ultra HD TVs announced at CES 2016

What CES Cleared Up — and Muddied — About UHDTV

Monday's UHD Alliance announcement of the Ultra HD Premium logo seemed designed to put a united front on the consumer electronics industry's push for 4K displays, clearly indicating which units support baseline industry standards for displaying UHD resolution, HDR, and wide … more »

Emily Blunt in Sicario

Deakins, Kaminski, Lachman, Lubezki, Seale Get ASC Award Nominations

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, received his 14th nomination for an ASC Award today for Sicario, as the American Society of Cinematographers announced its slate of nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Theatrical Release. Also nominated are Janusz Kaminski for Bridge … more »

Ant-Man Gets ACE Eddie Award Nomination

Film Editors Nominate Star Wars, Ant-Man for ACE Eddie Awards

Sci-fi and superhero action got their due in the nominations for the 66th annual ACE Eddie Awards, handed out by the American Cinema Editors, which welcomed both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Ant-Man to the awards race. The force is … more »

4K Ultra HD

Your Low Budget 4K Shoot

When it comes to filmmaking, technology is evolving fast, and I'm ready to take another look at my recent proclamation that filming in 4K should be avoided. Developments are occuring so quickly in video that low budget 4K is starting to make … more »

Trainwreck screenplay

Read Oscar-Contending Screenplays from 2015 Films

If it's December, it's time to read some screenplays. Every year during Oscar season, studios release copies of the screenplays for certain of their releases during the calendar year for public viewing. The idea is to get them in front … more »

VFX Oscar shortlist

And Then There Were 10: Academy Releases VFX Oscar Shortlist

After taking the unusual step earlier this month of listing a full 20 films being considered for the VFX Oscar, the Academy has narrowed the field. Only 10 films now appear on the VFX Oscar shortlist. Still in the race? Ex … more »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D conversion

Panavision Built Custom Star Wars Lenses for DP Dan Mindel

Monday morning brings a new perspective on all the work that went into shooting Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Panavision reveals that it designed a new set of lenses for cinematographer Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC, to use on the film. … more »