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  • First Time Craft Nominees Take Home Oscar Gold At 89th Academy Awards

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    By: Marjorie Galas Accountants shouldn’t tweet, at least, not when they are on the job at the Oscars. The effects of one social-media obsessed employee stole the spotlight from many deserving winners on February 24th during the final moments of the 89th Annual Oscar telecast.  Fortunately, we can reflect upon the amazing achievements of the…

     

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  • Oscar Ceremony Platform For Important Civil And Environmental Issues

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    By: Marjorie Galas There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that the 88th Annual Oscar telecast that took place Sunday, February 28, 2016 was going to be one for the books.   While a stellar ensemble of performers and craftspeople were recognized with Oscar nominations, the lack of ethnic diversity among the nominees was highly publicized…

     

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  • Anderson’s Leadership, Inarritu’s Creativity Hightlights At 87th Academy Awards

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    By: Marjorie Galas Costume Designer Milena Canonero started a trend at the 87th Annual Academy Awards that continued for much of the evening – a Below the Line tribute to Wes Anderson. Canonero has been a long time Anderson collaborator, beginning with “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” Receiving her fourth Oscar (she previously won…

     

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  • Scientific And Technical Achievement Academy Award Recipients Announced

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    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the scientific and technical achievement award recipients, who will be honored at the annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire. In addition, veteran sound engineer and Dolby® Laboratories executive David W. Gray will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award…

     

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  • Exciting Below The Line Developments In 2015 Award Season

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    The 2015 award season is proving to be a very interesting one for below-the-line professionals.  Breaking from the tradition of highlighting scripts, actors, directors and features, the Academy of Motion Pictures Science and Technology will announce all nominees in the twenty four categories celebrated at the Oscars ceremony on February 22nd. “Each of the three years we’ve produced…

     

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  • New Guard Versus Old Masters

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    There were a bevy of masters as well as some incredibly talented newcomers in this year’s below the line Oscar race.  Cinematography found eight-time nominee Roger Deakins (True Grit) in a race against four-time nominee Wally Pfister (Inception). These two pros were joined by first timers Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech), Matthew Libatique (Black Swan),…

     

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  • Footage Of Major Hollywood Events Archived For First Time

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    In an effort to support commercial and professional media outlets looking for archival and stock footage, HBO Archives recently announced that over 13,000 videotapes have been catalogued and added to their Entertainment News Library.  The clips, available in both standard and high definition through both video and text searches, cover some of the entertainment industry’s most…

     

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  • Perspectives On Editing: A Conversation with Anne Coates

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      Anne Coates has been editing film for over 57 years.  This Oscar winning editor is an example of pure dedication, hard work, and lucky breaks.  After her first experience splicing educational films together for the church circuit, Coates talked her way into an assistant editing job with Pinewood Studios.  “They asked me if I…

     

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