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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board.

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June
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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

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Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board.

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June
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Listen: Interviews With Oscar-Nominated Editors Of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' & 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

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The talk of Hollywood’s diversity problem has rightly dominated much of the cultural conversation as of late, particularly in the latter half of 2015. And yet if there’s one creative field in which women in particular can hope to thrive, it’s editing. From legends of the craft like Thelma Schoonmaker and Sally Menke, who cut their teeth working largely for Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, respectively, to lesser-known but promising names like Dody Dorn (“Memento,” “Fury”) and Lisa Lassek (the “Avengers” films), editing is a medium in which women have long played an integral role. There are many potential reasons for this, but Maryann Brandon — who, alongside frequent collaborator Mary Jo Markey, edited J.J. Abrams’ megahit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — has her own theories. She insists that the reasons are historical. “One advantage that women have had in editing is that women were editors from the beginning of the film business,
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Remake in the works for Christopher Nolan mind-bender Memento

Christopher Nolan’s (Interstellar) second film, reverse chronological thriller Memento, is set to get the remake treatment according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Released in 2000, Memento put Nolan on the map as a filmmaking voice with its tight plotting and intricate structure.

It was nominated for two Academy Awards – Best Original Screenplay for Nolan and Best Editing for Dody Dorn.

Ambi Pictures are set to produce the remake via their new $200m film fund.

Ambi co-founder Monika Bacardi said: “We intend to stay true to Christopher Nolan’s vision and deliver a memorable movie that is every bit as edgy, iconic and award-worthy as the original.

“It’s a big responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original, but we are extremely excited and
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Editors Guild Selects 75 Best Edited Films of All Time

Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well.
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What is the best-edited film of all time according to those who do the job?

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A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative,
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Winners: Hollywood Film Awards 2014

Hollywood Film Awards: What Went Down and Why It Mattered Host Queen Latifah, and Hollywood Career Achievement Award winner Michael Keaton, presented by Geena Davis; Hollywood Film Award winner “Gone Girl,” accepted by Ben Affleck, presented by Ron Howard; Hollywood Director Award winner Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Robert Pattinson; Hollywood Actor Award winner Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Amy Adams; Hollywood Actress Award winner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice,” presented by Kristen Stewart; Hollywood Supporting Actor Award winner Robert Duvall for “The Judge,” presented by Robert Downey Jr.; Hollywood Supporting Actress Award winner Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Christoph Waltz; Hollywood Ensemble Award winner “Foxcatcher” cast (Steve Carell, Channing Tatum), presented by Jonah Hill; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award winner Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in Our Stars,” presented by Laura Dern; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award winner Eddie Redmayne
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And the winners of the Hollywood Film Awards 2014 are…

Awards seasong got underway last night with the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which were being televised for the very first time on CBS. Taking home the top honour – the Hollywood Film Award – was David Fincher’s Gone Girl, while Benedict Cumberbatch was named Best Actor for The Imitation Game, Julianne Moore received Best Actress for Still Alice, and Guardians of the Galaxy took home the Hollywood Blockbuster Award.

Here’s a full list of the winners…

Hollywood Film Award: Gone Girl

Hollywood Actor Award: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Hollywood Actress Award: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Hollywood Career Achievement Award: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Hollywood Director Award: Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Hollywood Ensemble Award: Foxcatcher cast

Hollywood Documentary Award: Supermensch

New Hollywood Award: Jack O’Connell, Unbroken

Hollywood Comedy Film Award: Chris Rock, Top Five

Hollywood Animation Award: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Hollywood Supporting Actor Award: Robert Duvall,
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‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The Imitation Game’ Take Top Prizes at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards

The 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards kicked off awards season Friday night, and for the first time ever, the event was broadcasted live on CBS. Host Queen Latifah entertained the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium as viewers and attendees got a glimpse of some of this year's major award frontrunners.

Robert Downey Jr. kicked off the evening, presenting the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award award to his The Judge co-star Robert Duvall.

"There’s never been anyone better and there likely never will be," Downey said of Duvall, who was equally effusive about his co-star.

"The reason I took the project mainly is because of Robert Downey Jr," Duvall praised. "We spent many good times together."

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Duvall also thanked his wife Luciana Pedraza, laughing, "I’ve had a few better halves, but she’s the best better half I’ve ever had."

Laura Dern presented Breakout Performance by an Actress to her on-screen daughter from The Fault In Our Stars
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11 reasons why the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards weren't god-awful

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11 reasons why the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards weren't god-awful
It should have been bad. It should have been terrible. A live broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards with Queen "People's Choice" Latifah as host? A network spotlight on the most fake awards show of them all? Even with low expectations, how could talent go on stage and pick up these, cough, "awards" in front of a national audience? An award given to them because they were available to show up and their studios lobbied for it? (At least fans vote for some of the Teen Choice Awards!) Well, watch out Critics Choice Awards because CBS and Dick Clark Productions figured out a way to fashion a much more entertaining two hours than you've delivered the past few years. Ok. Maybe they got lucky. Maybe. Live events thrive off the unexpected and the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards had a ton of it. Major flubs, some seriously intoxicated presenters and a number
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‘Gone Girl’ Tops Hollywood Film Awards

‘Gone Girl’ Tops Hollywood Film Awards
Fox’s thriller “Gone Girl” won the top award at the 18th Hollywood Film Awards, telecast for the first time Friday.

Benedict Cumberbatch won the acting trophy for “Imitation Game” while Julianne More took the actress kudo for “Still Alice.”

Robert Duvall and Keira Knightley have won the supporting actor and actress trophies. Duvall won for his portrayal of a aging jurist in “The Judge” and Knightley took hers for playing a mathematician in “The Imitation Game.”

Friday’s ceremonies at the Hollywood Paladium were tension-free, given that the the voting is done by an anonymous advisory panel.

'I was told there were no other nominees so I was cautiously optimistic' – @BenAffleck accepts the best picture award for 'Gone Girl'

— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) November 15, 2014

The pre-show ceremonies represented the first opportunity for a major red carpet at the start of awards season.

'As writers, we spend most
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‘Gone Girl’ Takes Top Prize At Hollywood Film Awards; ‘The Imitation Game’ Leads With 4 Nods: Complete Winners List

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‘Gone Girl’ Takes Top Prize At Hollywood Film Awards; ‘The Imitation Game’ Leads With 4 Nods: Complete Winners List
Gone Girl won the top prize at tonight’s 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards. David Fincher’s drama starring Ben Affleck took the Hollywood Film Award. World War II codebreaker drama The Imitation Game won the most hardware, scoring four wins including best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and director for Morten Tyldem. Julianne Moore scooped up the Hollywood Actress Award for Still Alice, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 won the animation prize. Michael Keaton was the lifetime achievement honoree. A complete list of winners is below.

Queen Latifah hosted HFAs, which were televised for the first time. The event always has been a private Tinseltown affair, but CBS aired the show live from the Hollywood Palladium at 8 Pm in the East and delayed at 8 Pm Pacific. Organizers like to consider the negotiated Hollywood Film Awards the first stop on the long awards-season journey, and studios seem to love
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Oscar news: Secrets of 'Interstellar,' preview of 'Selma'

Oscar news: Secrets of 'Interstellar,' preview of 'Selma'
. Kevin Polowy delves into the secrecy surrounding "Interstellar" with writer/director Christopher Nolan: "It’s very important to try to preserve the experience for the audience. I think 'Interstellar,' more than any other film I’ve made, really benefits from people not knowing too much about the story.” Yahoo! Movies -Break- The Hollywood Film Awards, which will make their TV debut Nov. 18 on CBS, announced a slew of winners for the craft prizes: Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”); Costume Design (Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”); Editing (Jay Cassidy and Dody Dorn, “Fury”); Production Design (Dylan Cole and Gary Freeman, “Maleficent”); Score (Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”); Sound (Ren Klyce, “Gone Girl”); and Visual Effects (Scott Farrar, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”). Hfa Sasha Stone tallies up score..."
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International and Craft Winners Announced by the Hollywood Film Awards

The Hollywood Film Awards announced the eight 2014 award winners in the categories of Cinematography, Visual Effects, Composer, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design and Make-up & Hairstyling. The winners of these awards will be given prior to the live inaugural broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. The Hollywood Film Awards also announced the inaugural Hollywood International Award, which will be bestowed on Jing Tian, an emerging Chinese actress whose performances have ignited the box office in her native land. The Hollywood International Award was established to recognize cinematic talent from around the world and will be given every year to recognize excellence in cinema in the native language of the country of origin. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season?, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 17 years, honoring some of the world?
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Tech Support: 'Boyhood,' 'Imitation,' 'Interstellar' slice and dice in Best Film Editing

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Tech Support: 'Boyhood,' 'Imitation,' 'Interstellar' slice and dice in Best Film Editing
Want to know what's in contention for Best Picture? Look to Best Film Editing. No category except Best Director has as much overlap with the top category as of late. Is that how things will turn out this year? Let's take a look… That aside, the branch is also fond of suspense films, action films and war films. Musicals (if they are big players overall) and films with non-linear narratives tend to have a leg up, too. We don't tend to see film editors racking up nods like we do other disciplines, though. Michael Kahn is the all-time nominations leader with eight. And don't get me wrong – that's a lot of nominations. But compared to "all time" figures in every other crafts category, it's on the low side. So with that out of the way, what can we bank on this year? William Goldenberg won this category two years ago
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How Interstellar completes Nolan's personal film trilogy

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Between Dark Knight films, Christopher Nolan made The Prestige and Inception. Here's how Interstellar completes another personal trilogy...

It’s often said that filmmaking is a battle between art and commerce. In his career so far, British director Christopher Nolan has managed to strike a balance between the two better than just about any filmmaker currently working.

Look at how cleanly Nolan made the transition from independent movie-making to the Hollywood mainstream. He shot his first film in 1998, the black-and-white thriller Following, on a budget of just $6,000. Its festival success led him to make Memento, a uniquely constructed, taut psychological thriller made for a lean $5m. Despite Nolan’s initial difficulty in finding a distributor for the film - its style of editing was too confusing, they said - Memento became a hit, aided largely by strong reviews and positive word-of-mouth.

Memento’s success led to his first studio movie: Insomnia,
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Composer Steven Price Talks The Sounds, Themes And Heart Of Fury

Director David Ayer’s gripping World War 2 film, Fury, is now in cinemas and took in $23.5M at the box office to claim the #1 spot this weekend.

Over the course of 24 fateful hours, five men of the Sherman Tank “Fury” – Wardaddy, the commander; Boyd Swan, the gunner; Grady Travis, the loader; Trini Garcia, the driver; and Norman, the assistant driver – take on 300 enemy German troops in a desperate battle for survival. Ayer’s movie resonates with common themes of brotherly love, friendship, and trust.

The closing night film at the BFI London Film Festival, Sony Pictures’ Fury stars Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood. Fury opens in UK cinemas on October 22.

The creative behind the scenes artists are cinematographer Roman Vasyanov, production designer Andrew Menzies, film editors Dody Dorn, Ace and Jay Cassidy, Ace, costume designer Owen Thornton, and composer Steven Price.
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‘Fury’ Enters New Battle Zone: The Oscar Race

‘Fury’ Enters New Battle Zone: The Oscar Race
Sony’s “Fury” arrives in theaters Friday with critical approval and positive box office predictions. As for awards, the WWII drama’s outstanding artisan work could enlist it in this year’s race.

Writer-director David Ayer and his team — including cinematographer Roman Vasyanov, production designer Andrew Menzies, composer Steve Price, editors Jay Cassidy and Dody Dorn, hair/makeup person Alessandro Bertolazzi, supervising sound editor, Paul N.J. Ottoson, and sound mixer Lisa Pinero — are likely to stir up enthusiasm within the guilds, as well as from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ below-the-line branches.

Beyond that? It depends on the quality of the upcoming, unseen, films. But word of mouth on “Fury’s” below-the-line work will encourage voters in other guilds and AMPAS categories to see the film, which is an important factor during these months when voters are being flooded with viewing options.

Logan Lerman seems an outside
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Brad Pitt rides into the season on a Sherman tank in David Ayer's 'Fury'

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Brad Pitt rides into the season on a Sherman tank in David Ayer's 'Fury'
David Ayer bit off a whole hell of a lot on the World War II drama "Fury." I'm not sure he could chew it all, but it's fascinating to watch the bevy of ideas bounce around on the screen nevertheless. It's a loud, bloody, gut-punching depiction, one that may or may not be too unsettling to appeal to Academy types but is still the best work Ayer has done, the most unflinching, and the most intriguing, certainly. In characterizing the movie as "one of the most daring studio movies in an awards season that will bring several World War II films," The New York Times had it pegged a few months back. This is the WWII your grandfather wouldn't talk about. It was bad. That point is probably driven home too much, even. "This is war, and war is hell." After all, you can only observe what a .50 caliber machine
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Get A Behind The Scenes Look At Director David Ayer’s Fury Movie

The Fury crew with Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), Grady Travis (Jon Bernthal), Boyd Swan (Shia Labeouf), Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) and Trini Garcia (Michael Peña).

Director David Ayer gives a rundown of these men from his upcoming film Fury in the new “Brothers Under The Gun” featurette.

“Combat’s a brutal, dirty business. It’s incredibly taxing on the fighting man’s soul.”

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Fury’s crew includes Andrew Menzies (production designer, 3:10 To Yuma), Roman Vasyanov (director of photography, End Of Watch), Dody Dorn (editor, End Of Watch, Sabotage) and Steven Price (composer, Gravity
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