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How to Succeed In Hollywood

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Bruce Edwin is CEO of www.StarpowerManagement.com and founding publisher of The Hollywood Sentinel. A writer, producer, and entrepreneur, he represents over 10 billion dollars worth of deals in the areas of fine art, real estate, movie studios,  stars, and motion picture among more.

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He gives here his free article on How to Succeed In Hollywood, as his way of giving back to actors, models, bands, singers, writers, and others pursuing success in Hollywood, with a good moral perspective–for free. In this issue, Bruce gives advice to aspiring screenwriters.

How to Succeed As a Screenwriter In Hollywood

1, Know your place and pay your dues by showing respect until you make it big. Until you are an Oscar nominated or Golden Globe nominated or winning screenwriter, realize that the production companies, producers, and directors don’t need you, you need them. Don’t act like you are doing them a favor by sending your material or trying to get them to receive it.

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2, Be prepared and follow directions given. When a producer or production company has agreed to look at your work, don’t argue or delay. Have ready exactly what they want, which may include a logline, 1 page synopsis, a 10 page or more treatment, or the full script. Don’t ask them if you can send more than what they ask for, and definitely do not send something not asked for without the OK. This is a good way to get rejected before you even get your material read. Send a query letter first. Do NOT send any logline, script, treatment, or synopsis without getting permission to send it first.

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Have everything ready right away, so that when they ask for it, you are prepared to send it and send it quickly. I had one screenwriter send me a full script, after I told him to only send me a one page synopsis. That is quick way to get rejected. If one cannot follow directions on a simple document to send, one can not be expected to follow directions on a more serious and detailed matter like revising a script to someone’s specifications that is paying them. Follow directions.

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3, Don’t ask questions before you get an offer. After they are looking, or even before they agree to look, don’t ask them questions, which could waste their time and annoy them, when your foot is barely in the door. A writer recently asked me– when I was going to read some of his work, what the difference was between an agent and a manager, in addition to about a half a dozen other questions, which I simply had no time for. Had he actually researched The Hollywood Sentinel Archives site at www.TheHollywoodSentinel.com, he would have read my description of this first question. This is not a question to bother a producer, agent, or manager with. We don’t work on commission for no money down to educate people for free. O.K.–actually I DO educate people for free, but I am a rare exception–and even I have limits. Until you have a contract offer, don’t hit up agents, managers, or producers with questions or you could kill the deal.

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Also, when someone is looking or considering looking at your deal, it is not the time to ask them about their percentages, films funded, etc. If you don’t trust their expertise, don’t contact them to begin with, and when you do contact them, asking money questions prior to them even saying they are interested in not appropriate, unless again, you are already a top winning or top nominated screenwriter, in which case you will already have a top agent or top manager, which would mean you would not be asking the wrong questions, the agent or manager would be asking the questions for you, in the right manner.

4, When opportunity knocks, answer the door and don’t send them running.
One writer had a handful of scripts I was strongly considering representing. I sent him a short contract, and he told me that he needed over month to get back with me to ‘consider’ our deal. He claimed he needed several weeks for his attorney to look it over, and at least several weeks for him to film a webisode, which would include an extra week or so for camping. I told him that was fine, but that I would probably not be interested in giving him more than 10 business days, and that if he considered our business a priority, he could rush his attorney a bit, get a faster one, or cut his camping trip short, if he got no reception in the woods. He refused, and so I rescinded any and all future interest since he did not jump at the huge opportunity we were giving him. He was shocked, even though I gave him ample time to change his mind and move quicker. Over a year has passed, and no one has heard of this guy since, and my guess is, probably never will. When you have an A-list deal fall on your lap, do all you can to make it happen as fast as you can, and show them that you are eager, and appreciative. If you delay, you may delay your success forever.

5, Thank the person!
If you get a call, visit, or e-mail from a top producer, agent, manager, or director, thank them for their time! My first test of whether or not I will deal with someone, is their manners or lack thereof. I have major investors– worth millions to sometimes even billions of dollars, that graciously thank me for my time, simply because they are classy ladies and gentleman, and are highly cordial and polite, when in fact, I should be the one thanking ‘them,’ and I always do. So when a writer hears from me, and does not thank me for my time, or show gratitude, I automatically lose all respect and interest.

6, Use the persons name, and address them as Mr. or Ms. unless they tell you to otherwise.
Show respect. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, I often experience some other scenario that tops the rest in all manners of ridiculousness. As an example, another writer recently contacted me with no thank you, and actually instead of calling me by any part of my name, addressed me as the letter ‘B’! Not only is this lazy, it’s foolish. Pretend you are communicating with the person face to face. Show respect, and use their name.

7, Don’t give orders. If you are trying to get someone to do something for you, or to communicate with you, or return your communication, ask them, don’t order. Most rich or powerful people have worked very hard to get where they are at, and a part of that freedom they enjoy is not having to take orders from anyone. So, if someone gives them an order, especially when that person is trying to get a favor out of ‘them,’ they can generally forget a deal ever happening. Ask, don’t demand! And that’s an order! (LOL).

8, Answer your phone, and answer blocked calls
. Any time someone that wants me to do something for them spends their time telling me about how they did not answer my call, because they don’t answer blocked calls, not only wastes my time, but sends me the signal that they are either A, control freaks, B, paranoid, or C, have bill collectors after them. I have told this story over and over, but unfortunately, it is one that needs repeating. Atlantic Records called me one time from New York, and the publicist there told me, “Bruce, record labels and film studios, we all call from private, blocked, or even dummy numbers. So if you want to be successful working in Hollywood in the music and film biz, answer private calls!” I thanked this person for that advice, and always took it. And it was true. Every film studio lot I have had an office at, has phones that we had to use through the studio that had automatically programmed private or dummy numbers. For those clueless about dummy numbers, no–its not a number to call dummies or for dummies (LOL).

A dummy number is a fake number that shows up on a caller ID when a studio exec calls someone outside of the studio from that studio based phone. Film studios and record labels use dummy numbers, or blocked ID’s. This has been this way for ages, and is to protect producers and top level industry people from stalkers, etc., and also so we can better control our communication and ‘roll calls’ without interruptions we don’t want, controlling communication on our terms. So, answer your phone, and always answer private calls or numbers you don’t know and don’t complain about it. Complaining about this does not impress anyone, on the contrary, it will only show that you have no experience in dealing with the entertainment industry.

Those that are even bigger control freaks, will sometimes try to call studios execs, agents, managers, or record labels back from their line and block the call, then tell us how they are blocking their line because we always block ours. Duh! No, don’t do that! Again, if you want someone to help YOU, do you want to make it more difficult for them to reach you, or less difficult? Do you want to act like you have a bigger ego than they do, or do you want to act humble? Which brings us to number nine…

9, Lose the Ego! A big ego in Hollywood generally means that you have major credits but have a drug or alcohol problem combined with anger issues, or in most cases with a big ego–NO major credits, and the person is trying to compensate for their lack of talent or accomplishments. In either case, being a jerk is no longer cool–not that it ever really was. So–lose the ego. When The Bible teaches that ‘the Meek shall inherit the Earth.’ I say– “The Meek will inherit Hollywood.” This does not mean to be a pushover or weak, I’m just telling you–lose the ego–do not be an egomaniac. Be cordial, and cool.

The days of egomania are over.
I actually saw an actor once with a shirt that read– It’s all about me!” No– it’s not. It’s all about the other person. No one cares what’s in it for you–they care about what’s in it for them self. That means, you need to think outside of yourself, and let the person know what THEY are going to get out of you, working with you. And in a way–you are thinking of yourself–because that’s the only way it will really work anyway. It’s called karma. Do unto others as you have them do unto you. The few greater evolved in Hollywood, will actually care about you, and even more so, will care about society as a whole. IF you are at that point–congratulations. IF not–strive for that. It’s where it’s at.

10, Be educated. Read Syd Field’s book Screenwriting.  Have a great script that is properly formatted.

11, Make sure that it and your treatment, synopsis, logline, and query letter are perfect, with no errors. Copyright your script with the Library of Congress. WGA registration isaccording to at least one attorney–not necessary, but copyright registration with the Library of Congress is

12, Don’t insult others when you are dealing with them. I had a writer I was going sign not long ago, and he ended up calling one of my producer clients names through me, because she put him in his place–through me. Instead of being humble, and acknowledging her power, he chose to act like a baby, insulting her through me. I did not relay his insults, instead, I just dropped dealing with him, which is probably why is last agent dropped him too. Be calm, cool, level headed, and have an even temper.

Be slow to anger, and quick to forgive. This guy had major talent, but we would not deal with him because he’s basically just a jerk that can’t control his temper when he doesn’t exactly get his way. No one wants to deal with anyone like that, and generally–they won’t. And don’t insult others. This writer was insulting not only a client of mine–but a person I care for a great deal as a friend. Bad move. I will also choose my clients or friends over any stranger–especially an adversarial one. Keep that story in mind, and if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, try not to say anything–at least not unless you would say it to their face. Be cool.

If you have any questions or comments, you can address those to me at the front page of this site.

You can read many more of my answers on How to Succeed In Hollywood at my new Quora page, here below at:

https://www.quora.com/profile/Bruce-Edwin-1

This content is copyright, 2016, Bruce Edwin, Hollywood Sentinel, all right reserved.

Remembering Humanity

jack reacher--hollywood sentinelJack Reacher Debuts in Theaters on October 21st, 2016

I’ve been watching a lot of older, great films lately. One thing that I am reminded about, when viewing motion picture, is something that I learned in one of my screenwriting classes, and that is that every well developed character in a film needs a backstory. What that means is this…take Will Smith’s character in “The Pursuit of Happyness” for example; We see that he is trying to get a good paying job, and make good money. But why? We quickly learn it is to take care of his young boy. But so what? Why is that? We learn it is because his characters father was not around for him, and he promises himself that he will never do that to his child. He will be there for ‘his’ boy. Now ‘that’ is a compelling motivation. His motivation for success runs deep–beyond the ordinary man. He ‘must’ succeed in order to not only care for himself, but to care for his boy, and to help break the cycle of abuse and abandonment that his spirit carries.

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The Backstory of a Character

When a film has no backstory, that is, when the character’s motivation is not clearly established, we generally feel nothing for them. Why do they do what they do? What are they running from or towards? Are they compelled by love, fear, jealousy, hate, or what? In order to have a powerful character in a film we care about, we generally need to see or understand some of the inner compulsion of the character. Without backstory, without the reason ‘why’ they are doing what they do, we generally have no emotional development, and thus–no care for the character.

The greatest films, fueled by the greatest screenplays, have greatly developed characters that we ‘feel’ for. That we either greatly hate, or most often generally love, or can relate to. Without knowing something deep and personal about the character, we typically feel that the character is empty, shallow, and void of depth or meaning. We don’t care about them, and therefore, do not relate strongly to the film. A great character of depth helps create in cinema what we call the ‘suspension of disbelief,’ whereby our conscious mind momentarily forgets the outside world, and relates wholly to the character on screen, considering their pain–our pain, their truth–our truth, and their victory–our victory.

The Force Within Us

When Luke Skywalker conquers the evil Darth Vadar, it is not just Luke we are cheering for, it is for the universal good in us all. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas tapped in to what Joseph Campbell referred to in his book and video “The Power of Myth,” as the classical archetype, which extends across all time, space, lands, and generations. It is the inborn spirit in humanity that years for truth, for love, and for the greater good. Without archetype, without ‘reason’ in our characters, our stories are often flawed, and our sense of wonderment, awe, and compassion is either lost, or worse still–never there to begin with.

Life Imitates Art

I want to ask you to think for some time about your life as a movie script. How many strangers do you see each day that are not developed in your mind? In other words, how many people out there do you encounter that you know nothing about? That you have no backstory for? The reality is, we ‘all’ have a story. We all have a backstory–a reason for why we do what we do–right or wrong. We all have something we are running from, or towards. We all have hopes, dreams, fears, weaknesses, hates, loves, motivations, and things that inspire and compel us. Yet how can we ‘feel’ any care, compassion, or sympathy, let alone any empathy, for those characters in our lives–those ‘strangers,’ when we have no emotional bond compelling us to see them as anything more than just a blip on the screen of our life? What concern will we feel when that stranger is just as another flat, boring, irrelevant character on the screen, that we know nothing about?

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I want to remind you that ‘you’ are an undeveloped character to someone, to a stranger–just as I am to many. Those that become ‘famous’ have a two dimensional view of them ‘known’ by many, but even this is not ‘knowing.’ How can you know a person? Just as we know a character. We know where they came from, we know where they are going, we know a bit of their soul and what drives them; their passions, their weaknesses, their loves, their fears, their hopes, and their obsessions.

Strangers–The Undeveloped Characters of Our Life

Unlike the movies, the undeveloped characters–those ‘strangers’ in our life really are developed, they really are deep–we just haven’t heard, seen, or read their stories. And yet how many times do we pass by a stranger, giving not a thought nor care to their life, to their feelings, to their humanity? How many hundreds of thousands of homeless on the streets in Los Angeles and every major city throughout the world have a story–a purpose they are not fulfilling, a dream they yearn to see come true?

We are all human, we all have a spirit, a purpose– a soul. I want to remind you as I also remind myself, that while we can shut off the characters on T.V, or in the movies who we don’t feel anything for, we should think twice before shutting off our feelings, compassion, or interest for those we know nothing about in the real world. Everyone has feelings. People matter, whether you know them well or not, they were once an innocent, helpless child, they were once full of life and hope–they had dreams, and yes, somewhere deep inside, beyond all the unknowing, beyond all the fear, regret, pain, remorse, or hate, beyond all their goals not yet achieved–they still may dream of something magical and magnificent. We all have feelings–we all have a passion, a purpose, yearning to break free.

I dare you today, to go out into the world during your day, and help someone in need. Help someone get their hope back that may have lost it, or their faith in the decency of humanity. It is good to get what we want, to have our goals, and achieve them; there is nothing wrong with that, that is healthy, and necessary. But as we do better and better each day, it is also our responsibility to remember others–to help when we can, to do more. Let’s build better characters not only on the big screen, but in our own lives.  And together, we can all watch a life–our life as it unfolds–that we are proud of.

–Bruce Edwin

Copyright, 2016, Bruce Edwin, The Hollywood Sentinel, all rights reserved.

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel JACK REACHER:  NEVER GO BACK.  Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is the Army Major who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit. She is arrested for Treason and knowing that she is innocent, Reacher must break her out of prison and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear their names and save their lives.  On the run as fugitives from the law, Jack Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.  Based upon JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.
Jack Reacher text, and image are used with permission with courtesy of Paramount Pictures, copyright 2016, Paramount Pictures, all rights reserved. The Hollywood Sentinel, 2016.

Sexy Alicica Vikander Wins For The Danish Girl

Known for some very sexy roles in her rapidly growing filmography, Alicia Vikander won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the lauded film The Danish Girl, in which she has a lesbian affair with a married woman. Alicia answers questions backstage the Oscars about her big win, as follows;

Question: Congratulations, Alicia. Congratulations once again. Do you feel that your success and the success with THE DANISH GIRL will open the door for additional LGBT stories to be told in Hollywood?

Alicia: I definitely hope so. I came on this film only two years ago and I know that this was not an easy film to get made and it has been almost 15 years that one of our producers, Gail, had worked on it and to see kind of the cultural change with just me over the years since I actually finished the film with, I don’t know, with Caitlyn Jenner coming out, with TRANSPARENT and TANGERINE, it’s like a social change and I just wish that ‑‑ in the same way that this film has been so educational for me and with so many people that I got to meet and in preparation for it I hope that it can open up an even wider conversation, if our film can be a part of that discussion.

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Question: What does this mean for you personally and for your career?

Alicia: (…) this is a celebration of film and the people behind it, so I’m just really honored that I was invited to be part of this thing tonight, and to get this is just beyond anything I would ever imagine. I never thought from back home that I would do films in English. I didn’t know that you could as a foreign actress really. And, I don’t know, I think if I can continue to work, that would be great.

Question: What piece of advice would you give to young girls around the world?

Alicia: I don’t know. I actually on stage said to my parents who were there and who have always told me, like, you can actually do it and it has been so many doubts and they are still there and I guess because there’s some people who have really (…) Well, what I mean is that apparently a lot of things canhttp://hollywoodsentinel.com/wp-admin/users.php be possible, things that I would never, ever, ever have believed in and that is only because I have had some incredible women supporting me so that is probably what I wanted to say to some young girls, just keep on doing it (…) In her acceptance speech, she thanked among others “my mom and dad. Thank you for giving me the belief that anything can happen, even though I would never have believed this. Thank you.”

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LEONARDO DiCAPRIO WINS BEST ACTOR

We have seen Leonardo DiCaprio grow up on screen, as that teen heart throb that all the girls had a crush on, which most guys found annoying, to a total stud that has proven to be one of the best actors of our time. As if that were not enough, he is a beautiful soul, caring about the importance of our planet. As such, we give you here a part of his acceptance speech for Best Actor for his Win for “Revenant.”

Leonardo DiCaprio states, Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”

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Rooney Mara–Stunning Style, Beauty & Talent

Rooney Mara attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Rooney Mara dominates on the red carpet at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards, in a stunningly great dress. The beautiful star burst on to the Hollywood scene in the biggest way, with the dark and edgy “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise, and has proven her massive talent since, back this year with the Oscar nominated “Carol,” for which she is nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress.

Revenant Producer Brett Ratner Shines at Governors Awards

Director Brett Ratner attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Legendary Hollywood Producer Brett Ratner, soaring this year with Best Picture nomination for “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo Dicaprio, has produced dozens of outstanding films, including last years masterful and underrated film starring Johnny Depp, “Black Mass.”

Pictured here, Mr. Ratner attends the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, on Saturday 14, 2015.

Oscar’s 2016 Complete List of Nominees and Winners

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner

Leonardo DiCaprio: The Revenant

Nominees

Bryan Cranston

Trumbo

Matt Damon

The Martian

Michael Fassbender

Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne

The Danish Girl

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner

Mark Rylance: Bridge of Spies

Nominees

Christian Bale

The Big Short

Tom Hardy

The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo

Spotlight

Sylvester Stallone

Creed

Actress in a Leading Role

Winner

Brie Larson: Room

Nominees

Cate Blanchett

Carol

Jennifer Lawrence

Joy

Charlotte Rampling

45 Years

Saoirse Ronan

Brooklyn

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner

Alicia Vikander: The Danish Girl

Nominees

Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara

Carol

Rachel McAdams

Spotlight

Kate Winslet

Steve Jobs

Animated Feature Film

Winner

Inside Out: Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Nominees

Anomalisa

Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran

Boy and the World

Alê Abreu

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

When Marnie Was There

Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Picture

Winner

Spotlight: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Nominees

The Big Short

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

Brooklyn

Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

Mad Max: Fury Road

Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers

The Martian

Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers

The Revenant

Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers

Room

Ed Guiney, Producer

Cinematography

Winner

The Revenant: Emmanuel Lubezki

Nominees

Carol

Ed Lachman

The Hateful Eight

Robert Richardson

Mad Max: Fury Road

John Seale

Sicario

Roger Deakins

Costume Design

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Jenny Beavan

Nominees

Carol

Sandy Powell

Cinderella

Sandy Powell

The Danish Girl

Paco Delgado

The Revenant

Jacqueline West

Directing

Winner

The Revenant: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Nominees

The Big Short

Adam McKay

Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller

Room

Lenny Abrahamson

Spotlight

Tom McCarthy

Film Editing

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Margaret Sixel

Nominees

The Big Short

Hank Corwin

The Revenant

Stephen Mirrione

Spotlight

Tom McArdle

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Foreign Language Film

Winner

Son of Saul: Hungary

Nominees

Embrace of the Serpent

Colombia

Mustang

France

Theeb

Jordan

A War

Denmark

Makeup and Hairstyling

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Nominees

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

The Revenant

Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Production Design

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

Nominees

Bridge of Spies

Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

The Danish Girl

Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish

The Martian

Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

The Revenant

Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Sound Editing

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Mark Mangini and David White

Nominees

The Martian

Oliver Tarney

The Revenant

Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

Sicario

Alan Robert Murray

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing

Winner

Mad Max: Fury Road: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Nominees

Bridge of Spies

Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin

The Martian

Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth

The Revenant

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects

Winner

Ex Machina: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Nominees

Mad Max: Fury Road

Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

The Martian

Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

The Revenant

Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Music (Original Score)

Winner

The Hateful Eight: Ennio Morricone

Nominees

Bridge of Spies

Thomas Newman

Carol

Carter Burwell

Sicario

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

John Williams

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Winner

Spotlight: Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

Nominees

Bridge of Spies

Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Ex Machina

Written by Alex Garland

Inside Out

Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Straight Outta Compton

Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Documentary (Short Subject)

Winner

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Nominees

Body Team 12

David Darg and Bryn Mooser

Chau, beyond the Lines

Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Adam Benzine

Last Day of Freedom

Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Documentary (Feature)

Winner

Amy: Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Nominees

Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin

The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Short Film (Animated)

Winner

Bear Story: Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Nominees

Prologue

Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

Sanjay’s Super Team

Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle

We Can’t Live without Cosmos

Konstantin Bronzit

World of Tomorrow

Don Hertzfeldt

Short Film (Live Action)

Winner

Stutterer: Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Nominees

Ave Maria

Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont

Day One

Henry Hughes

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Patrick Vollrath

Shok

Jamie Donoughue

Music (Original Song)

Winner

Spectre: “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre; Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Nominees

Fifty Shades of Grey

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey; Music and Lyric by The Weeknd, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

Racing Extinction

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction; Music by J. Ralph, Lyric by Anohni

Youth

“Simple Song #3” from Youth; Music and Lyric by David Lang

The Hunting Ground

“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Winner

The Big Short: Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Nominees

Brooklyn

Screenplay by Nick Hornby

Carol

Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy

The Martian

Screenplay by Drew Goddard

Room

Screenplay by Emma Donoghue
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Creating New Languages For Hollywood 

10 ANIMATED SHORTS ADVANCE IN 2015 OSCAR® RACE

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards®.  Sixty pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: 

“Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso),” Gabriel Osorio, director, and Pato Escala, producer (Punkrobot Animation Studio)

“Carface (Autos Portraits),” Claude Cloutier, director (National Film Board of Canada)

“If I Was God…,” Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)

“Love in the Time of March Madness,” Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, directors (High Hip Productions and KAPWA Studioworks)

“My Home,” Phuong Mai Nguyen, director (Papy3D Productions)

“An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, director (California Institute of the Arts)

“Prologue,” Richard Williams, director, and Imogen Sutton, producer (Animation Masterclass)

“Sanjay’s Super Team,” Sanjay Patel, director, and Nicole Grindle, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)

“We Can’t Live without Cosmos,” Konstantin Bronzit, director (Melnitsa Animation Studio)

“World of Tomorrow,” Don Hertzfeldt, director (Bitter Films)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.
Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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