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    A Look at Five Editing Frontrunners and Their Oscar Chances

    Regardless of how the Oscar nominations shake out, here are the fabulous five in the editing race.

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    A Look at Five Cinematography Frontrunners and Their Oscar Chances

    Regardless of how the Oscar nominations shake out, here are the fabulous five in the Cinematography race.

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    The Production Design Secrets Behind Five Fantastic 2014 Movie Adventures

    We look closely at the elaborate worlds in five of the season's most visually stunning contenders.

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    Assessing Seven Animated Feature Oscar Contenders

    In a wide open race without Pixar, here are seven animated features to consider for the Best Animated Feature Oscar and other awards this season.

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    Talking Editing with the Oscar Nominees

    Editorially, all five films take us out of our comfort zones in this strange season of survival and rebirth: from the chameleon-like con of "American Hustle" to the abduction at sea in "Captain Phillips" to the weightless terror of "Gravity" to the ticking clock death sentence of "Dallas Buyers Club...

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    Talking Cinematography with Oscar Nominees Lubezki, Deakins, Delbonnel, Le Sourd and Papamichael

    The Oscar nominees for best cinematography are not only filled with indelible images but they're all constructed around the common theme of survival, disconnect, and rebirth. I discuss the works with all five Oscar nominees: Philippe Le Sourd ("The Grandmaster"), Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki ("Gravity")...

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    Crafts Roundup: Talking Production Design with the Five Oscar Nominees

    The five Oscar nominees for production design ("American Hustle," "Gravity," "The Great Gatsby," "Her," and "12 Years a Slave") certainly capture the zeitgeist of the season in a variety of creative ways. They're about survival, self-invention, reinvention, and rebirth, and we reflect on this with a...

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    Crafts Roundup: Talking VFX with the Five Oscar Nominees

    The "Gravity" juggernaut, the surprising entry of "The Lone Ranger," the new and improved "Iron Man 3," the ascendance of "Star Trek Into Darkness" and the J.J. Abrams factor, and the power of the eponymous dragon from "The Desolation of Smaug." We reflect on the great year for VFX with the lead sup...

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    Does the Academy Need a Visual Imaging Category?

    With VFX taking a much more prominent role in the virtual lighting of hybrid movies, the question of who's responsible for cinematography in evaluating Oscar contenders has prompted the Academy to consider a new visual imaging category. Obviously the discussion has intensified with "Gravity's" Emman...

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