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Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything: Academy Actors Branch invitee. Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.” According to the Academy's press release, “those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015.” In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 “our […]


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Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent



Harris Savides: Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola Cinematographer Dies

Harris Savides, cinematographer for Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, dead at age 55 Harris Savides, a cinematographer who collaborated with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, David Fincher, and Ridley Scott, died earlier today. Savides, who was 55, had reportedly been battling cancer. (Image: Harris Savides, Sofia Coppola on the Somewhere set.) Born in New York City (Sept. 28, 1957) to parents of Greek Cypriot origin, Savides collaborated with Gus Van Sant on Finding Forrester, Gerry, the Cannes Film Festival winner Elephant, Last Days, Milk, and Restless. He also shot David Fincher's The Game and the widely acclaimed Zodiac, Woody Allen's Whatever Works, Ridley Scott's American Gangster, and Sofia Coppola's controversial Venice Film Festival […]


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Harris Savides: Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola Cinematographer Dies



Emmanuel Lubezki: ASC Award Winner

Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Following numerous US-based critics' citations, Emmanuel Lubezki's work on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life has earned him the American Society of Cinematographers' Award at the ASC's 26th annual awards. The ceremony was held Sunday night at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles. An Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, The Tree of Life is a complex family drama starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. The film marked the second time the Mexican-born Lubezki took home the ASC Award; he had previously won for Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men (2006). An earlier ASC nomination for Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999) […]


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Emmanuel Lubezki: ASC Award Winner



James Cameron Collaborator Andrew Wight, Cinematographer Mike deGruy Die

Producer Andrew Wight (right), best known for his collaboration with James Cameron on Sanctum, and cinematographer Mike deGruy, among whose credits is the documentary Deep Blue, have died earlier today as their helicopter crashed while taking off from an airstrip south of Berry in New South Wales, Australia. Wight, from the Australian state of Victoria, was 51; deGruy, from Santa Barbara, California, was 60. According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, they were scouting locations for a a documentary at Jervis Bay, NSW. Avatar and Titanic's James Cameron was reportedly involved in the project as well. In addition to various Adventures of the Quest programs for Australian television and other TV fare (e.g., Last Mysteries of the Titanic), Andrew Wight produced […]


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James Cameron Collaborator Andrew Wight, Cinematographer Mike deGruy Die



'Hugo' & 'The Artist': American Cinematographers Nominations

Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Hugo Guillaume Schiffman, AFC (The Artist), Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Richardson, ASC (Hugo), Hoyte van Hoytema, FSF, NSC (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (The Tree of Life) are the five nominees for the 2012 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards, now in their 26th year. The winner will be announced at the ASC Awards ceremony at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom on February 12. Glaringly absent from the shortlist is Janusz Kaminski's work on War Horse, the Steven Spielberg World War I drama that has been performing well enough at the domestic box office, but that has been – surprisingly – generally bypassed by […]


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'Hugo' & 'The Artist': American Cinematographers Nominations



Roger Deakins (Finally) Best Cinematography Win? Oscar Predictions

Roger Deakins: 'True Grit' cinematographer has no Oscar to call his own. 2011 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins, 'True Grit' Although Inception's Wally Pfister won the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers Award, it's important to note that the ASC is hardly a good judge of an eventual winner at the Oscars. Since 1986, only nine ASC Award winners ended up taking home the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. That's about 37.5 percent of the total, or a little more than 1 in 3. Even if we're only covering the past decade, from 2000–2009 only four ASC Award winners went on to receive the Best Cinematography Oscar. This equals out to a slightly higher, but still relatively low 40 […]


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Roger Deakins (Finally) Best Cinematography Win? Oscar Predictions



'Inception' Surprise, Julia Roberts: American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards

'Inception' movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Cinematography by Wally Pfister. 'Inception' cinematographer Wally Pfister, Julia Roberts take home American Society of Cinematographers Awards Inception cinematographer Wally Pfister – not, as many had been expecting, True Grit lenser Roger Deakins – was the feature film winner at the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards held on Sunday night (Feb. 13) at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles. “Presenter Diane Lane was def. surprised by Pfister's ASC win,” tweeted TheWrap's Steve Pond. “I think she figured there was a reason ([husband] Josh Brolin/True Grit) they chose her.” Roger Deakins: ASC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Roger Deakins had won a BAFTA earlier in the day (evening in London), and shortly […]


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'Inception' Surprise, Julia Roberts: American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards



Gordon Willis & Caleb Deschanel: Biggest Oscar Snubs #10a

Diane Keaton, Woody Allen in Manhattan Gordon Willis for Klute (1971), The Godfather (1972), The Paper Chase (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974), All the President's Men (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Caleb Deschanel for The Black Stallion (1979), Being There (1979) Those nominated – or not nominated – in the “technical” categories tend to be ignored by most of the media and Oscarwatchers in general. So, it's not like there was widespread screaming, eye-rolling, and gnashing of teeth over the fact that Michael Nyman's haunting scores, Lee Smith's splashy film editing, and Caleb Deschanel's and Gordon Willis' masterful camerawork failed to receive Academy Award nominations. Even so, many were outraged. “I have […]


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Gordon Willis & Caleb Deschanel: Biggest Oscar Snubs #10a





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