• Academy Sparks Outrage for Dumping 4 Oscar Categories to Commercial Breaks: ‘I Am So Pissed Off'

    9 days ago - By The Wrap

    The Academy's decision to present four categories - cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action shorts - during commercial breaks on this year's Oscar show has been greeted with widespread outrage, with the condemnation stretching from Oscar watchers to past Oscar winners Guillermo del Toro and Emmanuel Lubezki.
    “If I may: I would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but - Cinematography and Editing are at the very heart of our craft,” wrote del Toro, last year's Best Director and Best Picture winner, on Twitter. “They are not...
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  • Oscars Announces Four Categories to Be Presented Off-Air

    Oscars Announces Four Categories to Be Presented Off-Air

    9 days ago - By Decider

    The Cinematography, Live Action Short, Film Editing, and Make-up and Hairstyling awards will be presented during commercial breaks to keep the show to three hours.
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  • Becoming: A Short Timelapse Film Shows a Single Cell Morphing Into a Complete, Complex Living Organism

    9 days ago - By Open Culture

    From Jan van IJken comes "Becoming," a short timelapse film that documents "the miraculous genesis of animal life." He writes:
    In great microscopic detail, we see the 'making of' an Alpine Newt in its transparant egg from the first cell division to hatching. A single cell is transformed into a complete, complex living organism with a beating heart and running bloodstream.
    The first stages of embryonic development are roughly the same for all animals, including humans. In the film, we can observe a universal process which normally is invisible: the very beginning of an animal's...
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