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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 19

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

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the selected category.
  • The Top Ten eligible films at the U.S. box office.
  • The ten highest-rated eligible films according to Rotten Tomatoes
  • The precursor nominees and winners in the selected category.

Two-Source Categories:

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

Best Sound (Mixing)

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 19 Poll

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Film Preview: Song of the Sea (2014)

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Release Date:

December 19, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world."

Poster: B-

Review: Detailed and colorful, the gorgeous designs from the trailer seem to have been left off this poster design, which is a shame.

Trailer: A-

Review: Those images are just gorgeous in spite of containing a lot of animation I'm not usually a fan of. There's no doubt the movie will be captivating visually. The story on the other hand isn't very compelling from the look of this trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

This is one of the year's prime Best Animated Feature competitors. Whether it gets the nomination against fellow GKids entry The Tale of the Princess Kaguya depends a lot on the landscape going into the Oscars.

Revisions:

(November 23, 2014) Original

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Eye on Warner Archive: Nov. 18, 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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Precursor: 30th Spirit Awards Nominations (2014)

As expected, three of the four films with the biggest tallies this year are prime contenders for the Oscars. Birdman topped all others and nabbed nominations in all the expected categories except screenplay. Boyhood did the same, also missing out on screenplay while Selma showed where it could be strongest. Nightcrawler also performed surprisingly well and could become a dark-horse contender for the Oscars as could Love Is Strange. A Most Violent Year finally entered the Oscar race while Whiplash did quite well in addition.

Award Tallies

(6) Birdman
(5) Boyhood, Nightcrawler, Selma
(4) Love Is Strange, Whiplash
(3) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, A Most Violent Year

The Awards

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The DVD Report #388

Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises was the recent honorary Oscar winner’s third film to be nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar behind Spirited Away (for which he won) and Howl’s Moving Castle. It was also the 73-year-old animator-writer-producer-director’s avowed last film. Few artists have ended their careers with such a towering achievement.

The Wind Rises is an unusual choice for an animated feature, a biographical drama about the early life of Jiro Horikoshi (1903-1982), the chief engineer of many Japanese fighter designs of World World II including the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter which wreaked the most havoc on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Miyazaki’s beautiful, meticulous animation perfectly augments the heavily fictionalized story of Horikoshi, who dreamed of becoming a pilot but because of his near-sightedness couldn’t qualify and instead became an aeronautic designer. Although he had no use for Japanese imperialism, Horiskoshi’s love for the beauty of the machinery he has been asked to design propels him forward. The film’s narrative also explores the friendship between Hirsoshi (voiced by Joseph Gordon Levitt in the English version) and a fellow designer (John Krasinksi) and his courtship and marriage to a girl suffering from tuberculosis (Emily Blunt). Stanley Tucci voices Hiroshi’s fictional Italian mentor in several breathtaking scenes.

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This Day in Oscar History: November 25 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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2014 Screener Watch: Universal

Universal put all their eggs in the Get On Up basket, largely because of Chadwick Boseman's performance. That doesn't mean they don't want it nominated elsewhere, but they'd be satisfied with Best Actor.

Get On Up

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jill Scott
Director: Tate Taylor
Premise: From IMDb: "A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history."
Oscar Chances: Fading: Earlier this year, I thought Boseman would be a guaranteed Best Actor nominee. Unfortunately, the film's early release and fading buzz have left him an also-ran. He could still figure in the race, but there are too many contenders. That means he's probably not going to make it.
Campaign-Proposed Categories:

  • Best Picture (Brian Grazer, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Erica Huggins, Tate Taylor)
  • Best Director (Tate Taylor)
  • Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jill Scott)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Steve Baigelman, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth)
  • Best Cinematography (Stephen Goldblatt)
  • Best Film Editing (Michael McCusker)
  • Best Production Design (Mark Ricker, Rena DeAngelo)
  • Best Costume Design (Sharen Davis)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Julie Hewett, Kim Perrodin, Carla Farmer, Shannon Bakeman)
  • Best Sound Mixing (Steve Morrow, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell)
  • Best Sound Editing (Gregg Baxter)
  • Best Visual Effects (Dennis Berardi, Michael Borrett)
  • Best Original Score (Thomas Newman)

Rotten Tomatoes:
80% (141 critics; as of 11/24/14)
Metacritic:
71 out of 100 (43 critics; as of 11/24/14)

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″

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Film Preview: Selma (2014)

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Release Date:

December 25, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America."

Poster: B

Review: A simplistic advertising tool that has a lot to say without being very detailed about it. A richness of design might have been more compelling.

Trailer: A

Review: Any student of recent American history should be absolutely drawn to this film, which catalogs a small portion of the entire Civil Rights movement, but one which had more impact than any others. The film looks like it share that necessity of cause.

Oscar Prospects:

This late-breaking competitor should fare well with the Academy. Test screenings have been wildly popular and Ana DuVernay's star is quickly rising. It could be a key candidate in several races including Best Picture and Best Actor (David Oyelowo).

Revisions:

(November 23, 2014) Original

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 21-23, 2014

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

After two previous strike-outs, a third is very likely in order for Katniss Everdeen and her franchise's attempts to find additional legitimacy at the hands of the Oscars.

The first two films were widely praised thanks to the solid source material and forward-thinking examination of vengeance, totalitarianism and pluck. The first film had plenty of opportunities to score at the Oscars with excellent production design, costumes and makeup. There was also a fairly popular song rolling over the end credits. It came away with nothing.

The second had the same thing going for it, but also failed to ignite Oscar's passion. This time out, the film hasn't found the solid footing with critics its predecessors had. Combine that with the more muted tones and you have only one category in which the film could become a competitor: Best Original Song. Singer/songwriter Lorde has reached a level of acclaim that few in modern music have. She agreed to write a song that's every bit her style, but which might prove a bit too hip for the Academy.

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The Morning After: Nov. 24, 2014

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I've seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1


It's easy to sour on one of the most popular film franchises in cinema history, but The Hunger Games' third film has gotten a lot of negative attention for what is ostensibly a fairly strong outing.

Perhaps a more experienced director could have energized the film in ways that made it sometimes more exciting than it was. Francis Lawrence took a very commonplace approach to the filmmaking this time out. His second film in the franchise lacks visual flair and frequently repeats itself. However, with a story like this, the propulsion is still there and the audience can still feel satisfied in finding the natural evolution of these characters.

Jennifer Lawrence has the strength of purpose to carry the film, but she's ably assisted by a chilly, rational Julianne Moore; a likable, purposeful Philip Seymour Hoffman; a compassionate, guiding Woody Harrelson; and the shining star in a sea of gray played by Elizabeth Banks. These are all characters the actors have perfectly grown into and Josh Hutcherson more than handles himself with masterful dedication. The weaknesses are once again in the film's younger actors who are given strong characters that help mask their limited acting capabilities. The production design is deliberately minimal, but everything coalesces into a captivating and passionate whole even with its handful of problems.

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This Day in Oscar History: November 24 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died


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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Dec. 2014, Wide)

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Weekend Preview: Nov. 28-30, 2014

Below are seven previews for films opening next weekend.
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Film Preview: Remote Area Medical (2014)

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Release Date:

November 28, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A documentary on the annual three-day "pop-up" medical clinic organized by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bristol, Tennessee's NASCAR speedway."

Poster: C+

Review: A better designer might have made the inverse symbolism feel a little less forced, or at least feel more connective. Breaking the two images in the center without blending only makes it seem like a half-hearted attempt at significance.

Trailer: B

Review: There's little doubt of the importance of the subject of this film, but the trailer stumbles a few times in trying to entice the audience to give it a chance. Uneven, but not unimpactful.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(November 23, 2014) Original

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