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ASC Award Nominees 2016

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An example of Bradford Young’s excellent cinematography for Arrival (Source).

The American Society of Cinematographers announced their award nominees today. They usually don’t match up perfectly with the Oscars, but you can count on them for at least 4 out of the 5 nominees.

Their nominees are:

  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

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SELMA Review – ****

Is it in trouble? Or is this just a hiccup on the road to the Oscars? (Source)

“It cannot wait.”

The historical drama film carries a certain kind of baggage. There’s always the risk that history will be distorted, often for the sake of a more “dramatic” narrative, or that the historical figures will be depicted as more saintly–or demonic–than they truly were.

Selma is the kind of film which manages to be both compelling as a drama and worthy as a historical chronicle. And it treats its characters as human beings–some noble, some cruel, all flawed, but all human. It has become the locus of a controversy which, as per usual, seems to be propagated by those who haven’t seen the film. It’s a sorry thing, as it may deter people from seeing one of the finest Hollywood films of the year.

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