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Why Leonardo DiCaprio Didn’t Win the Oscar

James Murphy explains the “Pitt-Hanks” coolness continuum and Leo DiCaprio’s star status hurts his odds of getting a golden statue. The toughest Oscar race this year was for best actor. Right until the awards began, the race was almost certainly down to Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave and Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. (McConaughey was the Read MoreRead More

Charlie Rose Oscars Special Opener 2014

Al Boardman produced this opening sequence for the Charlie Rose ‘Oscars Special’ show, which aired on PBS on 27th February 2014. The sequence features 8 Oscar nominated films with actors and directors that had previously appeared on the Charlie Rose show. The 1 minute sequence shows a series of custom animated illustrations and transitions from the film Gravity, Read MoreRead More

Marketing Your Movie to Oscar Gold

How do you get your film in contention for the Oscars? Gregg Goldsteins shares a few tips and strategies producers use to get a film in consideration at award season. PLAN DURING PRODUCTION Although a film’s quality and reception are always uncertain until it’s released, producers looking to use potential kudos as a marketing hook Read MoreRead More

The Embarrassing Early Films of Oscar-Winning Directors

It’s easy to forget that some of the greats had to start out making the not so great… Francis Ford Coppola Oscar for:The Godfather, Part II (1974) Early efforts:Tonight for Sure (1962), The Bellboy and the Playgirls(1962) The story: Many a struggling young filmmaker has taken advantage of the quick money and relative anonymity of, um, adult entertainment early Read MoreRead More

Watch All 5 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

The five Oscar nominated short films are all available online – a common thread in the work here being simple story telling using great visual and musical techniques: Adam and Dog, directed by Minkyu Lee http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wtTQ9dPGBqg Fresh Guacamole, directed by “PES” http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FQMO6vjmkyI Head Over Heels, directed by Timothy Reckart & Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vcEQaAyxw9E Maggie Read MoreRead More

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