Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala for Bear Story
Want to see those Oscar shorts? Most of them, including the winners of Live Action Short — Stutterer — and Animated Short Film — Bear Story — are available here. In fact, Bear Story marks the first time a Chilean film has ever won an Oscar, which was movingly noted by its creators, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala.
For the documentaries, it is not possible to go to one single source to watch all of the nominated shorts, but the winner directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, will be available to HBO subscribers next week since it was produced by the renowned HBO documentary division.
Related to celebrating things, I will add an expression of joy for Emmanuel Lubezki‘s astounding third win in a row for cinematography (after having shot an incredible series of features with Alfonso Cuarón, particularly Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, and A Little Princess) shooting essentially without lights. And add to that a resounding cry of triumph for the maestro, Ennio Morricone, for such a well-deserved victory and one of the most touching moments of the night. It was a genuine pleasure to see him up there receiving his award with such a wonderful address and message to his respected peer, John Williams. What a composer. Ennio Morricone has scored hundreds of movies, and there are so, so many that are absolute masterpieces. Here is one you have probably never heard of: Gli Scassinatori. Check it out and you will see what I mean. Il maestro, indeed.
Margaret Sixel and George Miller
Among the many victories for Mad Max: Fury Road (also so well deserved all around) was Film Editing for Margaret Sixel. Yes, it was a woman who was in charge of editing that furious voyage of footage! And did anyone notice how many women were among the winners on stage, and not just in acting categories? For the big winner at the end, Spotlight, it was two women who were speaking from among the film’s producers, Blye Pagon Faust and Nicole Rocklin.
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