The 2014 Academy Award Winners at SCCLD

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by fillups

2014 Oscar Winners The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the best movies of 2013 at the March 2nd Academy Awards ceremony. Check out these Oscar winning movies! 12 Years A Slave Best Picture Winner Best Supporting Actress Winner-Lupita Nyong'o Best Adapted Screenplay Blu-ray Read the book Gravity Best Director Winner Best Cinematography Winner Best Film Editing Winner Best Original Score Winner Best Sound Effects Editing . . . more »

Countdown to the 2014 Academy Awards: Roger Deakins

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by fillups

Scene from the film Prisoners Cinematographer Roger Deakins received his eleventh Oscar nomination for his work on the film, Prisoners. While he has yet to win the award, this consistent level of excellence is what makes Deakins one of the all time great cinematographers and one of the greatest currently making movies. His work with the Coen brothers in particular is legendary. Initially, Deakins was reluctant to use digital photography . . . more »

Countdown to the 2014 Academy Awards: Roger Deakins

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by fillups

Scene from the film Prisoners Cinematographer Roger Deakins received his eleventh Oscar nomination for his work on the film, Prisoners. While he has yet to win the award, this consistent level of excellence is what makes Deakins one of the all time great cinematographers and one of the greatest currently making movies. His work with the Coen brothers in particular is legendary. Initially, Deakins was reluctant to use digital photography . . . more »

Countdown to the 2014 Academy Awards: Those Amazing Visual Effects

Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 by fillups

Scene from Star Trek Into Darkness Thanks to the many technical advances in visual effects technology, I am constantly in awe of the incredible images that show up routinely when I watch a movie. As a long time fan of the art of visual effects, it has been fun to watch its development over the years. The Oscars have been honoring some form of special effects since the first ceremony held . . . more »

Pharrell Williams and the Happy Terrific Very Good Award Nominations

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by fillups

Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams is having one heck of an awards season this year. Not only is he nominated for seven 2014 Grammy Awards, he just received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for his work on Despicable Me 2 in the feel good anthem "Happy." All the current acclaim is for work that shows off Pharrell's skills at creating fun upbeat soulful tunes with absolutely . . . more »

Pharrell Williams and the Happy Terrific Very Good Award Nominations

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by fillups

Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams is having one heck of an awards season this year. Not only is he nominated for seven 2014 Grammy Awards, he just received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for his work on Despicable Me 2 in the feel good anthem "Happy." All the current acclaim is for work that shows off Pharrell's skills at creating fun upbeat soulful tunes with absolutely . . . more »

Explore a 2014 Oscar Nominee @ SCCLD

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 by fillups

Oscar Nominations Announcement The Oscar nominations were announced on January 16th by actor, Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. As always, there is some fascinating reading that inspired many of the year's best movies. Here are some of the books that inspired the films nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards. American Hustle Inspired by the events covered in The Sting Man Captain Phillips . . . more »

2013 Academy Award Winners!

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 by fillups

Academy Award Check out these Oscar winning films at your local SCCLD library. Argo Best Picture Winner Best Adapted Screenplay Winner Best Film Editing Winner On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants storm the American embassy in Tehran and capture dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escape and a mid-level CIA agent named Antonio Mendez devises an . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Stop Motion Dominates Animation

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by fillups

. When I was a kid I found myself fascinated with the monsters in the movies by special effect legend Ray Harryhausen. I later found out that these monsters were brought to life by a process known as stop motion animation. There are lots of cool elements to this type of animation. Stop motion is made up of actual three dimensional figures that move by . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Stop Motion Dominates Animation

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by fillups

. When I was a kid I found myself fascinated with the monsters in the movies by special effect legend Ray Harryhausen. I later found out that these monsters were brought to life by a process known as stop motion animation. There are lots of cool elements to this type of animation. Stop motion is made up of actual three dimensional figures that move by . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Thomas Newman

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 by fillups

Skyfall Skyfall is the eleventh Academy Award nomination for composer Thomas Newman who has yet to win the award. While Newman received his first Oscar nominations in 1994 for the scores of Little Women and Shawshank Redemption, it was not until his work with Alan Ball on American Beauty and the television series Six Feet Under that he made a strong impression on the public. Newman . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Thomas Newman

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 by fillups

Skyfall Skyfall is the eleventh Academy Award nomination for composer Thomas Newman who has yet to win the award. While Newman received his first Oscar nominations in 1994 for the scores of Little Women and Shawshank Redemption, it was not until his work with Alan Ball on American Beauty and the television series Six Feet Under that he made a strong impression on the public. Newman . . . more »