Friday, February 20, 2009

Meet Oscar Nominees

The Cinematheque's annual round table discussions with the Academy-Award Nominees for Film Editing and Art Direction are this weekend at the Egyptian. This annual event is a chance to touch Oscar greatness and its free to attend. As free as the jewels loaned out to the starlets hitting the red carpet. The only difference is, you get to take the experience of attending the seminar with you for the rest of your life, whereas Harry Winston expects to get the goods back the next morning.

Come early because the Editors Seminar does sell out AND a bake sale helmed by editor Matt Chesse (Quantum of Solace).

But, what's really charming about these seminars is that you get to hear from folks who are normally so far behind the camera... doing their creative thing deep in a world away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood that they'll tell you candidly about the making of the movie. Every year a few have traveled to LA for the Oscars from a distant land, far, far from Hollywood Boulevard... where Oscar is but a dream. Some are veterans, but many are first-timers, sharing their emotions about being a nominee.

So here is who you'll get to meet:

Achievement in Film Editing:

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
  • "Milk" (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

Achievement in Art Direction:

  • Changeling” (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
  • The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
  • Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

And after listening to fabulous tales of creating a Duke's palace in the 1700's or cutting together the DARK KNIGHT, you get to root for these people on Oscar night -- and when one of them climbs on stage to accept the little gold men for being Best in their Craft -- you can poke the person sitting on the couch next to you to say, "I saw that editor (or art director) in person yesterday at the Egyptian Theatre!"