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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

88th Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing

The nominees are:

Mad Max: Fury Road

Nominated Team and Oscar History:

* Mark A. Mangini - 3 previous nominations for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Aladdin (1992), and The Fifth Element (1997)

* David White - first nomination

Monday, February 8, 2016

88th Academy Awards: Best Sound Mixing

The nominees are:

Bridge of Spies

Nominated Team and Oscar History:

* Andy Nelson - 2 wins for Best Sound for Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Best Sound Mixing for Les Miserables (2012); 16 previous nominations for Best Sound for Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988), Schindler's List (1994), Braveheart (1995), Evita (1996), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Thin Red Line (1998), The Insider (1999), Moulin Rouge! (2001), and for Best Sound Mixing for Seabiscuit (2003), The Last Samurai (2003), War of the Worlds (2005), Blood Diamond (2006), Star Trek (2009), Avatar (2009), War Horse (2011), Lincoln (2012)
also nominated as part of the team for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

* Gary Rydstrom - 7 wins for Best Sound for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Titanic (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998); 10 previous nominations for Best Sound for Backdraft (1991), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Best Sound Mixing for War Horse (2011), Lincoln (2012), Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing for Backdraft (1991), Best Sound Editing for Monsters, Inc. (2001), Minority Report (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), War Horse (2011), and Best Animated Short Film for Lifted (2006)

* Drew Kunin - 1 previous nomination for Best Sound Mixing for Life of Pi (2012)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

88th Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects

The nominees are:

Ex Machina

Nominated Team and Oscar History:

* Mark Williams Ardington - first nomination

* Sara Bennett - first nomination

* Paul Norris - first nomination

* Andrew Whitehurst - first nomination

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review: What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

* * * 1/2

Director: Liz Garbus

What Happened, Miss Simone? is the sort of documentary so well-crafted that going into it almost entirely unfamiliar with its subject isn't an obstacle to enjoying it. I went into it with only the broadest of knowledge of Nina Simone's career and was totally captivated by the complex, dynamic, and at times self-destructive woman revealed through archival footage of her on stage and in interviews, and through interviews of those who knew her. While pretty much every award for documentary filmmaking this year went to Amy, this other chronicle of a star who burned bright and self-immolated with fame is just as compelling and as fascinating.

Friday, February 5, 2016

88th Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film

The nominees are:

Embrace of the Serpent

Country: Colombia
Director: Ciro Guerra
Plot: A 40 year search through the Amazon for a sacred healing plant undertaken by a shaman who is the last surviving member of his tribe and two scientists, one German and one American.

Director's Oscar History: First nominated film