Good news for cinematographers, film editors, VFX artists and other behind-the-scenes, below-the-line creative talent — for the first time ever, the traditional early-morning announcement of Oscar nominees will include all categories.
That's right. When the program begins at 5:30 a.m. PT / 8:30 a.m. ET this Thursday, presenters Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams will start by announcing nominees in 11 categories including film editing, sound, and VFX. Eight minutes later, Chris Pine and AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce nominees in the remaining 13 categories, including cinematography alongside the awards for performance, direction, screenwriting and Best Picture.
So you won't need to go online immediately just to figure out whether Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, CBE, (pictured, above, with director Angelina Jolie) earned an astonishing twelfth Oscar nomination for his work on Unbroken. The world will know if William Goldenberg is competing with himself once again, this time for editing both Unbroken and The Imitation Game. And the move should give a well-deserved boost to the Oscars' "technical categories," including increased visibilty for popular titles like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 that aren't likely to compete for acting, direction, or screenplay honors.
More than 400 members of the press are expected to cover the nomination announcement in person, and both segments will reportedly be carried live on ABC's Good Morning America. If you're nowhere near a TV, the Academy said the announcement will also be carred at its website: www.oscars.org/live.
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