Tag: 87th academy awards

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Directing

  WES ANDERSON “The Grand Budapest Hotel” No one in Hollywood is embracing their creativity and individuality more so right now than Wes Anderson. And he always has. Look at any of his previous films and you will notice a style of film that no other director is even trying to touch. And with a record setting limited release box office this year and … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Directing

2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Original Score

“MOONSHINE” FROM “THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL” Alexandre Desplat As is the case were Wes Anderson to win Best Directing, if Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score, it will be because he is due. Now, whether you agree with the Academy people because they are due and not because of their particular merits on the given nominated film is your own opinion, but Desplat, who … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Original Score

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Original Screenplay

  WES ANDERSON & HUGO GUINNESS “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Another year and another Best Original Screenplay nomination for Wes Anderson, this time for his screenplay, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay three times now (previously nominated for “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) and “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012)), some will argue that this year’s entry is his best film yet. It involves a … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Original Screenplay

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

FRANCIS HANNON & MARK COULIER “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Most of the makeup in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is subtle. Apart from turning Tilda Swinton into an entirely different person, the rest of the makeup just tends to accent certain features of a character, like Agatha’s birthmark or Edward Norton’s mustache. Or the makeup is used to comedic effect, like making Harvey Keitel bald … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Film Editing

Would “The Grand Budapest Hotel” be as funny if editor Barney Pilling wasn’t willing to hold on certain shots for longer than some normally would? Or as cutting abruptly to a reaction when others might take their time or cut the reaction at a normal pace? For someone that’s never worked with Wes Anderson, Pilling gets it. Take a look at his past editing … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Film Editing

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Costume Design

MILENA CANONERO “The Grand Budapest Hotel” The costumes of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” should be catnip for the Oscar voters this year. Not only is it a period piece set in several different eras, including the 1930s and ’60s, but it also has a fantasy style to it, with rich colors and on-the-nose representations of those eras, as ridiculous as they may be. The … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Costume Design

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Cinematography

  ROBERT YEOMAN “The Grand Budapest Hotel” The magic behind the films of Wes Anderson is how interconnected all the elements are when you really look at them. Of course, any film has interconnected parts. If the visual effects are bad, it makes the cinematography perhaps look less intense. But to make a style all your own, you need everyone on the same team … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Cinematography

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [13] How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Best Animated Feature

Being one of the more successful entries coming out of Dreamworks, it really is no surprise of the success that the sequel, “How To Train Your Dragon 2” has had this year, and rightfully so. In the original film, a young Viking boy named Hiccup finds that he’s not keen to the life of killing dragons that his father and the village has set … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [13] How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Best Animated Feature

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Production Design

“THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL” Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Wes Anderson are the definition of Production Design. Every frame of Anderson’s films are like a painting, with rich, extraordinary colors, intricate attention to detail, and a quality so unique it’s impossible not to know you’re watching one of Anderson’s films. Almost all the establishing footage in … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Production Design

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [11] Inherent Vice – Best Adapted Screenplay

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON “Inherent Vice” Ever year that there is a Paul Thomas Anderson film released, everyone looks to the Oscars to see what he or the film will be nominated for, as this ends up being Anderson’s sixth nomination. “Inherent Vice,” however, slides in with only two nominations including one for Best Adapted Screenplay. Based on the 2009 detective novel of the same … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [11] Inherent Vice – Best Adapted Screenplay

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [11] Inherent Vice – Best Costume Design

MARK BRIDGES “Inherent Vice” Heading to the ’70s gives “Inherent Vice” all the opportunities to do special things with their costume design and for the most part they do. With an edge of humor throughout the film, the costumes play into that comedy, for example when Joaquin Phoenix’s Doc is called to a meeting at a fancy restaurant and the attire calls for a … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [11] Inherent Vice – Best Costume Design

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [10] Virunga – Best Documentary Feature

VIRUNGA Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara, and Jon Drever The question “who gives a fuck about a monkey?” resonated in my mind from the moment I heard it in the Netflix documentary “Virunga” and for days to follow. What an ignorant statement to be made about the endangered mountain gorillas depicted in the film, coming from the mouth of an employee (of some sort) … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [10] Virunga – Best Documentary Feature