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The NEW Friday Face-Off #64

We started over at the beginning of August 2013, but with a new, more streamlined methodology to collecting votes. Just choose one selection in each of the ten categories below. Our first few weeks will be to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we'll go into the full face-off contest where each winner will then move on to a second round to face off against others.

Here is this week's ten face-offs. So, let's get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 24 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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Poll: Best Costume Design (2008 – 2013)

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Best Costume Design Poll: 2008 - 2013

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Feed the Queue #195

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. The White Ribbon
  2. A Single Man
  3. The Last Station
  4. Sherlock Holmes
  5. The Secret of Kells
  6. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The White Ribbon wins and goes into my queue.

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87th Oscars Documentary Short Subject Shortlist

The Academy's second announcement regarding eligible features this year comes for the Documentary Short Subject category. In 2013, the list arrived on Dec. 10. This time, it's Dec. 20, ten days later. With the Foreign Language Film list only two days behind, it's hard to extrapolate why this is the case. Based on past years, the Best Animated Feature and Animated Short Film shortlists will be next towards the beginning of November; followed by the Live-Action Short Film list in late November; the Documentary Feature set in early December; the Visual Effects bake-off list shortly thereafter; the Original Score and Makeup lists following closely; with the Original Song and Foreign Language Film shortlists following those up. This is all purely speculation based on last year's announcements. Now to this one:

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87th Oscars: Foreign Language Film Submissions

A record 83 countries submitted films this year. The announcement was made earlier this month and I updated the 87th Oscars page, but forgot to post an actual article. Here it is without commentary.

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Oscar Profile #210: Franz Waxman

WaxmanBorn December 24, 1906 in Upper Silesia, Germany, now Slaskie, Poland, Franz Wachsmann, later Waxman, pursued his dream of a career in music despite his family’s misgivings, supplementing his piano, harmony and composition lessons with his salary as a bank teller.

The young composer found a job arranging music for a popular Berlin jazz band which led to a career in German films. His first job was orchestrating Frederick Hollander’s score for The Blue Angel, the film that made a star of Marlene Dietrich. After both scoring and arranging a number of German films, he came to Hollywood’s attention for his scoring of Fritz Lang’s Liliom for Fritz Lang in France. Moving to Hollywood, he was immediately hired by universal at director James Whale’s suggestion to score The Bride of Frankenstein which immediately put him in the top ranks of Hollywood composers.

Working first for Universal, then MGM, Waxman’s original scores in the 1930s included Fury, Captains Courageous and The Young in Heart for which he received two Oscar nominations, one for his original score and one for scoring, which he earned as the film’s arranger. Competitive awards for scoring began with the 1934 awards and continued through the 1967 awards. Awards for score composition began with the 1938 awards and continue to the present day. Waxman, from 1930 to 1960, scored more than 150 films.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 23 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Oct. 24-26, 2014)

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Looking at the Weekend: Oct. 24-26, 2014

Halloween weekend demands a horror film at the top of the box office and that's precisely what we're probably going to get.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Surprisingly, 23 Blast doesn't look half bad, especially compared to the other two releases. On the specialty side, Laggies would probably be my choice.
Peter J. Patrick: Where are all the Oscar films? This week's wide releases include three directorial debuts, one from a respected character actor, one from a couple of stuntmen and one from a Special Effects coordinator, none of which seem like anything worth going out of your way for.
Tripp Burton: The wide releases are fairly typical genre fare this weekend, but there are some neat things in limited release this weekend!
Thomas LaTourrette: None of the releases sound exciting to me. A good weekend to catch up on films one has missed from last week or earlier in the year.

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2014 Oscar Season Preview: November

The end of the year brings the most combative environment for films trying to become Oscar winners. The next four months will be an interesting proving round.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 22 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 14

You can read more about this project in the article at this link. Below is our fourteenth poll, covering Best Film Editing. As a refresher, here is where we obtain the titles/performances will be included in the polls that will be conducted:
Four-Source Categories:
Two-Source Categories:

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the selected category.
  • The precursor nominees and winners in the selected category.

Best Film Editing

We're using Survey Monkey for these polls. You get to rank all of the appropriate titles/performances how you see fit, but preferably in order of preference.

Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 14 Poll

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Eye on Warner Archive: Oct. 14, 2014

Here are some highlights of the recent releases to the Warner Archive Collection. DVD's and Blu-rays are manufactured on demand. They also have a streaming service. Before you visit Warner Archive to check out their selection, check out the selections below an a few of my thoughts.

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The DVD Report #383

FargoOne of the nicest surprises of the last TV season was the miniseries Fargo, based on, but different from the 1996 film of the same name, produced by, but not directed by, the Coen Brothers.

The protagonist here is Billy Bob Thornton as a malevolent killer, and he’s as good as you would expect, but Martin Freeman as a put-upon insurance salesman, Allison Tolman as a smarter than she looks deputy chief, and Colin Hanks as a low level cop who would rather be a mailman are every bit his equal. All four were nominated for Emmys. Freeman, perhaps the best of them all, was also nominated for Sherlock, for which he won for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in the Season 3 episode, His Last Vow.

Newly released on both Blu-ray and standard DVD, the 10-episode miniseries is a gem from beginning to end. It has scenes that are reminiscent of Twin Peaks and Magnolia as well as its 1996 predecessor. Like lots of other TV series these days there are plenty of murders, but unlike most, the majority of victims in this one are not very nice people. Still, the dread is there along with continuous black comedy. It’s the fastest ten hours and change you’ll spend binge watching a TV series this year, you betcha.

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