‘Dunkirk’ sound editor Richard King on track to set a new Oscars record

‘Dunkirk’ sound editor Richard King on track to set a new Oscars record
Dunkirk” is ahead to win Oscars for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing, and it’s no wonder since action-packed war movies often do well in audio categories. If the film indeed wins the award for its sound editing, it would additionally make history as Richard King would set a new record for the most wins in that category.

There is currently a six-way tie for the most Sound Editing wins. Ben Burtt, Charles L. Campbell, Per Hallberg, Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom and King have three victories apiece, including years when the prize was handed out as a special achievement award and not a competitive Oscar. King previously won his Oscars for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “Inception” (2010), and he earned additional nominations for “War of the Worlds” (2005) and “Interstellar” (2014). For his work on “Dunkirk” he’s nominated alongside first-time Oscar-contender Alex Gibson,
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Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis bows before queen Helen Mirren for 2nd Best Actor win [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis bows before queen Helen Mirren for 2nd Best Actor win [Watch]
Exactly 10 years ago at the 80th Academy Awards, Daniel Day-Lewis won his second Oscar as Best Actor. As he arrived on stage, he bowed before “queen” Helen Mirren as she used the statuette to knight him for his victory in “There Will Be Blood” (watch the video above).

After his surprise Oscar win for “My Left Foot” at the 1990 ceremony almost two decades earlier, Day-Lewis had become an official A-List star. He followed with memorable performances throughout the early 1990s, including “The Last of the Mohicans” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence.” He then received an additional Oscar nomination for “In the Name of the Father,” playing the wrongfully convicted Gerry Conlin but lost the award to Tom Hanks for “Philadelphia.”

See Daniel Day-Lewis movies: Top 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Then came a rather slow period in Day-Lewis’ career, making no movies between 1997 and 2002. He
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Q&A: Supervising Sound Editor Per Hallberg Discusses Working on Life, Ghost In The Shell & More

Sounds are often just as vital as visuals in establishing cinematic worlds that we can escape into as moviegoers. This is especially the case in the recent films Life and Ghost in the Shell, and with both movies now out in theaters, we caught up with supervising sound editor Per Hallberg (of Formosa Group) for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his crucial audio work on both films, as well as highlights from his amazing career in cinema.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Per. How did you initially get involved with Daniel Espinosa’s Life?

Per Hallberg: I met Daniel quite a few years ago in Sweden, and when he came to La to do his first film here, Safe House, he called me to get involved in that project with him. Since then, I’ve worked with him on Child 44.
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Will “Star Wars” Awaken a Force within the Sound Editing race?

What does a lightsaber sound like? Or a storm on Mars? Or Q’s latest gadget? Well we don’t know. Rather, films’ sound effects editors use their ingenuity to create these artificial sounds, to be integrated into a film’s soundtrack. The Academy Award for Best Sound Editing rewards the supervising sound editors who are responsible for this important craft. War films and action films frequently score here, and science-fiction/fantasy is another favorite. Animated films also do disproportionately well in this category, which is not surprising given that all non-dialogue, non-music sounds need to be created. Best Picture nominees by no means dominate this category, but films that tank usually have considerable difficulty making the final five. “The Martian” featured extraordinary sounds during crashes and explosions such that viewers feel they are on Mars/in space. Oliver Tarney was nominated two years ago for another October release –“Captain Phillips.
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Hollywood mentors for tyro Aussie producer

Producer John Kassab, in character, on the set of Like Lambs.

Photographed by Johanna B Kelly, the film's Australian production designer.


Los Angeles-based Australian producer John Kassab is completing his first narrative feature, Like Lambs, with the help of some Hollywood tech wizards.

Visual effects maestro Douglas Trumble, sound designers Wylie Stateman, Richard King and Per Hallberg and editor Joe Hutshing (whose credits include Oliver Stone.s W. and Savages and Cameron Crowe.s upcoming Aloha) have mentored Kassab.

The feature debut of Us writer-director Ted Marcus, the film follows students at an elite boarding school who take a stand against government corruption and demand radical action when the over- leveraged Us economy implodes.

The cast includes Liam Aiken (Ned Rifle, The Killer Inside Me), Connor Paolo (Mystic River, Gossip Girl, Revenge), Justin Chon (Twilight, 21 and Over), Chanelle Peloso (TV.s Incredible Crew, Zapped) and Godfrey (Louie, Soul Plane, Zoolander
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‘Into The Storm’ Interview: Director Steven Quale

In the span of just a few hours, the city of Silverton, Oklahoma is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters they’ve ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into The Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm…

With the film hitting DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow – December 15th – we sat down with director Steven Quale to talk all things Into The Storm

Can you talk about the feeling you wanted to create as you introduce us to the characters that we’re about to go on this
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Exclusive: Director Steven Quale Discusses ‘Into The Storm’

To celebrate the release of thrilling disaster film Into The Storm being released on Blu-ray and DVD on 15th December, we’ve got an exclusive interview with star Sarah Wayne Callies to share with you.

Into The Storm covers just a few hours in the city of Silverton, Oklahoma but over a crazy period as it’s ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters, the biggest anyone has ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, and storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come…

I had a lot of fun at this movie and sometimes it’s great just to switch off and go on the ride, and Into The Storm definitely has plenty of thrills and escapism! Here’s a really great further insight from director Steven Quale, who also gave us the unexpectedly impressive Final Destination 5,
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Steven Quale interview: Into The Storm, Final Destination 5

Director Steven Quale talks to us about his latest film Into The Storm, working on James Cameron's The Abyss, bad weather and more...

Steven Quale’s career seems to have been constantly submerged in water. Having worked with James Cameron back on The Abyss, their relationship has meant Quale’s involvement on multiple projects including Titanic and a co-director credit on the documentary Aliens Of The Deep. Quale’s solo feature directorial debut was on Final Destination 5, which wasted no time in plunging most of its cast into water, though they were mostly followed by rather heavy and deadly objects.

We caught up for a chat with Mr Quale to discuss his experiences of soaking actors in water and the challenges of filming a special effects heavy blockbuster, while managing to present a film with a new narrative perspective, as Into The Storm incorporates a first-person perspective into its story,
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Sam Mendes officially won’t direct Bond 24

After steering the franchise to previously unknown heights in the past six months with Skyfall, Sam Mendes has officially decided not to return to direct Bond 24.

The Mendes-directed 23rd James Bond film has taken more than a billion dollars around the world, and simultaneously had critics praising it from the start, culminating in two Oscars last month for Best Original Song (Adele’s and Paul Epworth’s Skyfall) and Best Sound Editing (Per Hallberg and Karen M. Baker, tying with Zero Dark Thirty).

Despite having been offered to return for to direct Bond 24, Empire report that Mendes has ultimately decided that his theatre and other commitments won’t allow him to take the helm for the next instalment.

“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” explained Mendes. “Directing Skyfall was one of
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Oscars Wrap-Up

The Oscars. Hollywood’s biggest night of the year took place Sunday and I was in the press room once again for all the winner’s speeches. From comic turned reporter David Arquette crashing the room (he reportedly was covering the event for Sirius Xm radio, which carries Howard Stern’s show) and asking a question of winner Christoph Waltz to the surprise tie between Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty in the Sound Editing category to Jennifer Lawrence’s explanation of her trip up to the stage, here are some moments from backstage at the Dolby Theatre.

I for one cheered to see women in film bringing home the gold in the technical categories. Those with Academy Awards were Karen Baker Landers for achievement in sound editing for her work on Skyfall, a first win for Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran and her gorgeous work on Anna Karenina, Lisa Westcott’s
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Seth MacFarlane Worst Oscar Host Ever ?

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"...Seth MacFarlane Worst Oscar Host Ever..." screamed a futuristic entertainment news headline, delivered by 'Captain Kirk' (William Shatner) to 85th Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane, during the opening moments of the Oscars presentation, February 24, 2013.

Viewers were then subjected to a schizophrenic ceremony that couldn't decide whether to honor or ridicule the Hollywood community and the year's best filmmakers.

And the winners are :

Best Picture


Actor In A Leading Role

Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"

Actor In A Supporting Role

Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"

Actress In A Leading Role

Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Actress In A Supporting Role

Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"

Animated Feature Film

Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman - "Brave"


Robert Richardson - "Life Of Pi"

Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran - "Anna Karenina"


Ang Lee - "Life of Pi"

Documentary (Feature)

"Searching For Sugar Man"

Documentary (Short Subject)


Film Editing

William Goldenberg
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Eff, Marry, Kill: Oscar Surprises 2013 Edition

We don't know if you've heard, but something went down last night. Something happened in Hollywood, something the world saw and won't stop talking about.

Yeah, we're talking about Jennifer Lawrence falling down the 2013 Oscars. (Well, and J-Law's tumble, but we'll get to that.)

Since this is NextMovie and we're not really the type to come at things head-on, we knew that we wanted to recap the Oscars, but how? The only way we know: With a game of Eff, Marry, Kill.

This isn't a hot-or-not, more of a thoughful, mature look at the night that was. (Cough.) Our trusty FMKers ranked the three surprises from the night that shocked us most — Ang Lee's win for Best Director in a wide-open field, "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" tying for Best Sound Editing, and, of course, Jennifer Lawrence falling ass-over-Dior on her way up to accept her Best Actress statue — and Dtr.
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The 85th Academy Award Winners | Oscars

Just in case you missed the show, don't have a facebook account, twitter, a TV, radio, get the paper delivered, or have a smart phone or computer (which is weird since your on this site), here are the winners from the 85th Academy Awards: Best Picture Amour Argo (Winner) Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Lincoln Les Miserables Life of Pi Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Best Director Ang Lee, Life of Pi (Winner) Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook Michael Haneke, Amour Steven Spielberg, Lincoln Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (Winner) Denzel Washington, Flight Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook Joaquin Phoenix, The Master Best Actress Naomi Watts, The Impossible Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (Winner) Emmanuelle Riva, Amour Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained (Winner) Philip Seymour Hoffman,
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The best and worst moments

The Academy Awards are over for another year. The songs have been sung and the gongs have been given. So what worked and what didn't?

What We Liked …

1) Baffleck coming of age

The key acceptance speech of the evening came from Ben Affleck, as part of the producing team behind the best picture winner Argo. A man on a mission, for sure: he had been, bizarrely, shut out from the best director category, and in any case was on a very, very long road back from the humiliation of Gigli and the whole Bennifer thing. He proceeded, very quickly, to get very tired and emotional. "I wanna thank Canada, I wanna thank our friends in Iran… I wanna thank my wife, who I don't normally associate with Iran… " As the audience dissolved, and Jennifer Garner (the wife in question) got a bit teary, Affleck did a quick, intense bit of
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2013 Academy Award Winners

If you didn't tune in for the Academy Awards last night, here's a short breakdown of what you missed: William Shatner showed up from the future, Jennifer Lawrence tripped and fell, and Michelle Obama co-presented the award for Best Picture. It was kind of a weird night, but for the most part, the hardware was handed out to all of the expected parties. Argo won Best Picture, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress. If there was a surprise, it was that Life of Pi walked away with the most awards (4) including Best Director for Ang Lee. Zero Dark Thirty got shut out of everything except for Best Sound Editing (in a rare tie with Skyfall). Quentin Tarantino was also a pleasant surprise for Best Original Screenplay. What did you think of this year's Oscars? What was the highlight of the night? How would you rate Seth McFarlane as host?
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85th Annual Academy Awards: Highlights and Winners of Oscar Night

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L.A.'s Dolby Theater was the place to be Sunday night as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented their 85th Annual Academy Awards (TV). The famed Oscar ceremony was seen by nearly a billion people worldwide, which undoubtedly put a little pressure on first time host Seth MacFarlane. The Family Guy (TV) creator could easily have gone down one of two roads, but ultimately, he chose the one less traveled. Instead of lampooning Hollywood's elite as some feared and expected, the comedian turned most of the jokes on himself (with a few notable exceptions) and for the most part, pulled the hosting gig off successfully. He even threw in some fairly impressive song and dance numbers, a pinch of charm, and just an ounce or two of controversy (Insert song about seeing women's boobs here, plus a tasteless jab at 'Honest Abe' himself). His bits with William Shatner,
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Oscars 2013 backstage: Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, Adele, and more

Oscars 2013 backstage: Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, Adele, and more
Oscar winners get 45 seconds to gush about their journey to Oscardom and pack in a bunch of thank-yous in their acceptance speech. Most of them aren’t Quentin Tarantino and don’t get to turn the tables, cutting off the orchestra with their speech like the Django Unchained director managed to tonight, but they do have the chance to get in a few extra words backstage. Read on for what the winners at the 85th Academy Awards said in the press room Sunday night – including Ben Affleck on hearing the First Lady announce his win, Jennifer Lawrence on why she
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Argo Takes Home Big Prize At 85th Academy Awards – List of Winners

In one of the most unique Oscar races to come down the pike in quite a while, Warner Bros. PicturesArgo won the Academy Award for best motion picture of the year during the live ABC telecast of the Oscars from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday night. Actor Jack Nicholson and First Lady Michelle Obama (via satellite) presented producers Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney the statue.

Of the win, director Ben Affleck said backstage, “ I was excited about making the movie. These guys had a script, I really liked it, I called them up, and asked will you put me on the movie? And I wanted to do the movie and I wanted to work with them. That’s what I thought would happen. I wanted to work on some quality. I did the movie, we all worked really hard, I hoped that people would like it.
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Oscars 2013: are long blonde locks lucky?

Several of the winners and performers at the awards ceremony shared a distinctive look. Spot the theme

Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg accept the award for best sound editing for Skyfall. Baker Landers just edges Hallberg in the styling stakes.

Barbra Streisand performed The Way We Were in memory of the famous film figures who died in 2012. She chose to pair her flowing golden hair with a flowing golden dress and some dangling golden chains.

Chilean cinematographer Claudio Miranda won for his work shooting a tiger on Life of Pi. His hairstyle was inspired by another big cat: the lion.

Adele, along with producer Paul "Phones" Epworth, won best song for Skyfall, which she also performed at the ceremony, her mane looking unusually luxuriant.

Paul Ottosson shares more than a look with Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg, pictured top - he shared the best sound editing award with
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Oscars 2013 Live: Winners & Losers Listed In Full

This evening’s Oscar ceremony is now over, and with the dust settling on the biggest awards ceremony of the entire year, and the winners and losers celebrating and commiserating together, we’ve put together a full list of the winners (as well as the beaten nominees) for this year’s awards.

Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain nailed the red carpet, apparently, and Sandra Bullock did wonderful things with a diamond hair-clip, while Bradley Cooper and Chris Pine both proved that beards are very much the hot thing right now. But the big events were yet to happen inside the La venue, as the audience sat ready to receive host Seth MacFarlane, and his inevitably cutting humour.

For the most part, MacFarlane was reserved, though a few barbs did land before the end of the night. He played his part also in the excellent musical staging throughout the ceremony, whose highlights featured Shirley Bassey,
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