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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Mixing

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Mixing
The Sound branch of the Academy often favors music-driven movies when it comes to the Mixing Oscar nominations, so Edgar Wright’s propulsive “Baby Driver” has a shot here, along with the elaborately layered sound mixes on “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Wonder Woman,” “Dunkirk” and “Blade Runner 2049.”


Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Chris Burdon, Gilbert Lake, Chris Munro (“Wonder Woman”)

Tim Cavagin, Julian Slater, Mary H. Ellis, James Peterson (“Baby Driver”)

Will Files, Douglas Murray, Andy Nelson, Chris Duesterdiek (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)

Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Mark Weingarten (“Dunkirk”)


Craig Berkey, John Casali (“Darkest Hour”)

David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Paul Ledford (“Logan”)

Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, John Casali (“Beauty and the Beast”)

Kevin O’Connell, Tony Lamberti, Felipe Borrero (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)

David Parker, Michael Semanick, Tim White (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)

Gary Rydstrom (“The Post”)

Long Shots:

Ron Bartlett,
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Wonder Woman Launches Oscar Campaign

Wonder Woman Launches Oscar Campaign
Warner Bros. finally got their Dceu superhero universe back on track with Wonder Woman, which has become not only one of the highest-grossing movies ($412.4 million domestic) of the year, but also one of the most critically-acclaimed (92% on Rotten Tomatoes) as well. There had been a report from late July that claimed Warner Bros. was planning a Wonder Woman Oscar campaign, and now that has been confirmed, with the studio launching an official "for your consideration" website for Wonder Woman, along with three more potential Oscar contenders, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and Chris McKay's The Lego Batman Movie.

The studio only has three more movies coming out this year, with this weekend's disaster thriller Geostorm, Justice League (November 17) and the comedy Father Figures (December 22), so it seems that Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049 and The Lego Batman Movie represent the studio's best chance
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Warner Bros. launches its Wonder Woman Oscar campaign

20th Century Fox wasted little time in pushing Logan to the Oscar voters, and now Warner Bros. has kicked off its own Academy Award campaign for this year’s acclaimed DC blockbuster Wonder Woman by launching a For Your Consideration page. The studio has put the film forward for fifteen categories, including Best Picture, Best Director (Patty Jenkins) and Best Actress (Gal Gadot).

Best Picture

Charles Roven, p.g.a.

Deborah Snyder, p.g.a.

Zack Snyder, p.g.a.

Richard Suckle, p.g.a.

Best Director

Patty Jenkins

Best Adapted Screenplay

Allan Heinberg

Story by

Zack Snyder

& Allan Heinberg

and Jason Fuchs

Best Actress

Gal Gadot

Best Supporting Actress

Robin Wright

Connie Nielsen

Elena Anaya

Best Supporting Actor

Chris Pine

David Thewlis

Danny Huston

Ewen Bremner

Best Cinematography

Matthew Jensen, Asc

Best Production Design

Production Designer

Aline Bonetto

Set Decorator

Anna Lynch-robinson

Best Film Editing

Martin Walsh, Ace

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AMPAS to Deliver Masterclasses at U.K.’s Sheffield Hallam University (Exclusive)

AMPAS to Deliver Masterclasses at U.K.’s Sheffield Hallam University (Exclusive)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has linked up with media group 360 Degrees Media to launch an Academy Masterclass program at Sheffield Hallam University in Northern England.

The masterclasses will focus on the technical aspects of film-making, and will be led by such Academy members as production sound mixers Simon Hayes, who won an Oscar for “Les Miserables,” and Chris Munro, who won statuettes for “Black Hawk Down” and “Gravity.”

“We are keen to work with our members to reach out to as wide and diverse a cross-section of young people as possible,” said Carola Ash, director of the Academy in Europe. “It makes sense to extend this program, which started in London, now to the North of England. This is one of a number of initiatives across the U.K. as the Academy seeks to execute its educational remit, and these Academy members, many of whom are Oscar winners,
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Academy Steps Up Its Digital Growth With Summer Projects

Academy Steps Up Its Digital Growth With Summer Projects
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has launched a streaming video site,, to showcase videos in its collection. The move is one of several summer projects in which the Acad is seeking to extend its digital footprint.

The new site includes moments from past Oscar ceremonies, Alfred Hitchcock home movies, Academy Originals episodes, Student Academy Award-winning films and interviews with filmmakers.

In addition, the org is setting up Academy Q&As, in which fans on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit can ask questions of industry pros. The Q&As kicked off with casting director Lora Kennedy and will be held every two weeks; upcoming sessions include casting director David Rubin on May 18 and film editor Lynzee Klingman on June 4.

There are also projects on two social channels. Medium will spotlight film-related commentaries. Already posted are Harry Belafonte writing about the power of film, an anecdote from Oscar-winning sound
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Skip Lievsay to Receive Motion Picture Sound Editors Career Achievement Award

Supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay will receive the Motion Pictures Sound Editors career achievement award at the 2015 Mpse Golden Reel Awards, the org announced today.

Over his 30-year career, Lievsay has worked on nearly 150 films, including frequent collaborations with directors Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and John Sayles. He has worked with the Coen brothers since his sound editing debut on “Blood Simple” and recently collaborated with Them on “Inside Lleywn Davis.”

In 2014, Lievsay received an Oscar for sound mixing for his work on “Gravity” with Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro. Lievsay has also received Oscar nominations for his work on “Inside Lleywn Davis,” “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men.”

“Skip represents the pinnacle in artistry in motion picture sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “He has worked tirelessly to invent new and creative ways to use sound to advance directors’ visions, to tell stories and to entertain audiences.
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86th Academy Award Winners and Nominees; Nyong'o and Leto Chat

Oscar 2014 winners and nominees (photo: Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto chat at the 2014 Oscar ceremony) Best Picture: American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter; Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman; Her, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay; Nebraska, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa; Philomena, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward; 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas; The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine. Best Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County. Best Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio,
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Tech Support: 'Gravity,' 'Gatsby,' 'Dallas' and 'Frozen' ruled Oscar's craft categories

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Tech Support: 'Gravity,' 'Gatsby,' 'Dallas' and 'Frozen' ruled Oscar's craft categories
The morning after the Oscars is always a strange feeling. We've been covering this process in earnest for months, and now it's over. And for the first time ever, I'm pleased to say that I scored a perfect 10 in predicting the winners in the crafts categories! (I went 21/24 overall, missing Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short and…Best Picture.) To be fair, however, I'm hardly the only person to have gone 10/10 in this respect. In that sense, we had a night without surprises, which is not to say we didn't have stories. The big story in the crafts categories is, of course, "Gravity's" dominance, as it won six of the 10 below-the-line fields, with the obvious (and highly deserved) win in Best Visual Effects being a foreshadowing of things to come in Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. Visual effects supervisor Tim Webber,
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The 86th Academy Awards – Full List Of Winners!

So, the ceremony has just finished and Gravity turned out to be the big winner on the night with no less than seven awards at the 86th Academy Awards. Best Picture did Not go to the space drama, but to Steve McQueens superb 12 Years A Slave. We have a ton of fun stuff for you to read over at our official Live Blog of this year’s ceremony, so be sure to check it out here.

Here’s the full list of this year’s Oscar winners.

** Winners in bold **

Best Picture

American HustleCharles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

Captain PhillipsScott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers

Dallas Buyers ClubRobbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers

GravityAlfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers

HerMegan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers

NebraskaAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers

PhilomenaGabrielle Tana,
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"Oscars" Winners List

Sneak Peek host Ellen Degeneres delivering her opening monologue @ the 86th annual Academy Awards broadcast, March 2, 2014, live on ABC, plus take a look @ the complete 'winners' list:

And the winners are :

Best Supporting Actor

Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club")

Achievement In Costume Design

Catherine Martin ("The Great Gatsby")

Achievement In Makeup and Hairstyling

Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews ("Dallas Buyers Club")   

Best Animated Short Film

Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares ("Mr. Hublot")

Best Animated Feature Film 

Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho ("Frozen")

Achievement in Visual Effects

Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould ("Gravity")

Best Live Action Short Film

Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson ("Helium")

Best Documentary Short Subject

Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed ("The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life")

Best Documentary Feature

Morgan Neville ("20 Feet from Stardom")

Best Foreign Language Film

Italy ("The Great Beauty")

Achievement In Sound Mixing

Skip Lievsay,
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Oscar wins for Cate, Catherine, Beverly Dunn

The hot favourites romped home at the 86th Academy Awards as 12 Years a Slave was named best picture and Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latino to win the best director award.

Cate Blanchett. got the best actress trophy for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, ranking as the first Australian actor to win two gold statues. She won best supporting actress for The Aviator in 2005.

Matthew McConaughey nabbed best lead actor for Dallas Buyers Club and that film.s Jared Leto was named best supporting actor. Lupita Nyong.o was judged best supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave.

Catherine Martin made history by taking her Oscars tally to four, surpassing costume designer Orry George Kelly who won for An American In Paris (1951), Les Girls (1957) and Some Like It Hot (1959).

Cm collected the awards for costume design and production design for The Great Gatsby while that film.s Beverly Dunn shared. the costume design Oscar.
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7 Oscars to Gravity, Best Picture to 12 Years a Slave

7 Oscars to Gravity, Best Picture to 12 Years a Slave
Gravity by Alfonso Cuaron won seven Oscars at the 86th Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen won the Best Picture.

Matthew McConaughey won the Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club while Cate Blanchett won the Best Actress for Blue Jasmine.

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty won the Best Foreign Language Film.

Complete list of Oscars:

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Best Animated Feature

Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)

Best Cinematography

Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best Costume Design

The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)

Best Directing

Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

Best Documentary Feature

20 Feet from
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86th Academy Awards: Oscar winners and thoughts

News Simon Brew 3 Mar 2014 - 05:51

12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, Frozen and more take home the Oscars. Here's the full list of winners...

Overnight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - AMPAS to its mates - handed out its annual clutch of Oscars. And as it turned out, the event went by the form book, with just one or two little surprises along the way.

The big prizes were split between 12 Years A Slave, Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club, with the former taking Best Picture, but Alfonso Cuaron picking up a gong for his directorial work on Gravity. Dallas Buyers Club picked up the two acting awards - for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto - that it was broadly expected to. There were two gongs for Disney's Frozen too, in the week that it passed $1bn at the global box office.

Of the surprises? Lupita Nyong'o
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Gravity Wins 7 Academy Awards; 12 Years A Slave Takes Best Picture – 86th Oscars

After a lengthy awards season that lasted three long months, the race for the Oscars came to a conclusion tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

This year’s 86th Academy Awards saw a split between Best Picture and Director. 12 Years A Slave won three, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

Backstage, producer/actor Brad Pitt said, “ I love this movie. I ‑‑ just as a film, as a lover of film, the filmmaking, the ‑‑ this heroic story of a man in this inhumane situation trying to get back to his family. I love this film. I love the filmmaking. It’s counterintuitive to the way we’re making films today. It’s a real achievement by Mr. McQueen here. I love this movie. I think it’s important. I think it’s important because it deals with our history that we haven
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Oscars 2014: all the speeches

Oscars 2014: all the speeches
The Oscars speech of the night goes to newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, who won best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.

Transcripts of all Academy Awards winners’ onstage speeches…

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Yes! Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own. Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position. This has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they
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‘12 Years a Slave’ Takes Top Prize at the Oscars

‘12 Years a Slave’ Takes Top Prize at the Oscars
In a contest that held suspense up until the last minute, Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” took the best-picture prize Sunday at the 86th Academy Awards and established a few Oscar records in the process. Winning three of its nine nominations, the film is the first best-picture win for a black producer (Steve McQueen, who also directed). That in itself is significant, but it’s got bigger implications: In 85 previous years, blacks have only won in a handful of categories, including acting (14 wins), screenplay (1 win), sound (four wins) and music (7 wins).

Academy Awards 2014: Complete List of Winners

After the 2012 “Argo,” this is the second consecutive win for a film produced by top stars: Last year, it was George Clooney and Ben Affleck, among others; in this case, Brad Pitt, the second in this category after “Moneyball.” (He also has three acting noms.) It’s the second nom for Dede Gardner,
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Oscars 2014: Complete List Of Winners

Sunday night, Ellen DeGeneres hosted the 86th Academy Awards, where 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture and Gravity earned seven Oscars, the most of any film this year. Here is a complete list of the winners:

Best Picture:

12 Years A Slave

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Best Actor:

Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actor:

Jared LetoDallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress:

Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years A Slave

Best Director:

Alfonso CuaronGravity

Best Adapted Screenplay:

John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave

Best Original Screenplay:

Spike JonzeHer

Best Costume Design:

Catherine MartinThe Great Gatsby

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Adruitha Lee and Robin MatthewsDallas Buyers Club

Best Animated Short:

Mr. Hublot

Best Animated Feature:


Best Original Score:

Steven PriceGravity

Best Original Song:

“Let It Go” (Frozen) – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Best Visual Effects:

Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil
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Oscars 2014 Winners: Lupita Nyong'o Wins Best Supporting Actress, '12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture - Full List

12 Years A Slave took home Best Picture, but it was Gravity that won the most golden statues with seven Oscar wins at the 86th Academy Awards.

Host Ellen DeGeneres had fun with the star-studded audience, ordering pizza and making Brad Pitt give out paper plates to lucky ladies such as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, who were all very hungry. DeGeneres also made fun of Jennifer Lawrence’s great fall at last year’s Oscars in her opening monologue and likening the entire awards show to The Hunger Games.

The awards went off swiftly, and not without a hitch or two, but technical difficulties aside, DeGeneres delivered a sweet, funny and uncontroversial show. Her best host moment came when she took a selfie mid-show with Streep that turned into a selfie with anyone in the first three rows who was quick enough to run and beat each other into the frame.
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Full List of Winners for The Oscars

Below is the full list of winners for the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Are there any winners that surprised you?

Actor in a Leading Role

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Actor in a Supporting Role

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Actress in a Supporting Role

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave


Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

Animated Feature Film


Art Direction

The Great Gatsby

Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)


Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Costume Design

The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin

Documentary (Feature)

20 Feet from Stardom

Documentary (Short Subject)

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Film Editing

Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

Foreign Language Film

The Great Beauty, Italy


Dallas Buyers Club

Music (Original Score)

Gravity, Steven Price

Music (Original Song)

“Let it Go” from Frozen,
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Oscars: What the Winners are Saying Backstage

Oscars: What the Winners are Saying Backstage
The acceptance speeches are only just the beginning of what tonight’s winners have to say about their new statues.

A breezy and delighted Jared Leto made friends for life backstage as he passed his statuette around the front row. “I bet this is a first, the first winner to give his Oscar away for an orgy in the press room,” he quipped.

Asked about his emotional tribute to his family, he said “This is the best thing about winning this award, being able get on stage and thank people who are important to you. I was really proud to bring my mother tonight and my brother tonight, the most important people in my life, and be able to thank them in such a unique and grand way.

But he added: “At one point during my speech I found myself talking to DeNiro, as if the room wasn’t intimidating enough.
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