Cinematographers pick the best-shot films of all time

Cinematographers pick the best-shot films of all time

Another previously published list to chew on

Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently.

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First image of Meryl Streep rocking out in 'Ricki and the Flash' arrives

First image of Meryl Streep rocking out in 'Ricki and the Flash' arrives

Will this extend her crazy Oscar nomination record to 20?

One can only wonder if an Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep is more or less automatic these days. She has the all-time record with 19 tips of the Academy's hat to date, and she has an intriguing role coming up in Jonathan Demme's "Ricki and the Flash" that will surely bring her at least into the conversation yet again.

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McConaughey, Blanchett, Leto and Nyong'o set to present at the Oscars
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McConaughey, Blanchett, Leto and Nyong'o set to present at the Oscars

The roll-out of on-stage talent begins

The Academy has begun rolling out presenter announcements for the upcoming 87th Oscars (which I suddenly can't believe are less than three weeks away). Kicking things off is the requisite note that last year's acting winners — Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o — will be on hand to present to this year's crop of acting award recipients.

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Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' is finally on its way but remember, you're supposed to hate it

Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' is finally on its way but remember, you're supposed to hate it

Sometimes Cannes isn't the best place to premiere your film

What's in a name? Put Jean-Luc Godard on a 3D art film and you have "Goodbye to Language," one of the most overrated films I've ever seen come out of a festival (seriously, don't get me started on that one). Throw Ryan Gosling on "Lost River" and you have critics calling it a disaster before the first frame. What would have happened if the credits of these two 2014 Cannes Film Festival selections had been flipped? Or, what if each movie had been made by unknown filmmakers? Let's be frank, shall we? The reaction would have been much, much different.

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What is the best-edited film of all time according to those who do the job?

What is the best-edited film of all time according to those who do the job?

A three-year-old collective that's news to me

A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in.

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Kids Reenact Best Picture Nominees

Adorable kids reenact Best Picture nominees

Their version of 'Whiplash' might be better than the real thing.

Just when you thought you couldn't handle another word of commentary about "Birdman," "Boyhood," or "Selma," some adorable children come along and make the Oscar race fun again.

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Patricia Arquette

Watch: Patricia Arquette's hilarious story of realizing her Oscar nom was real

The 'Boyhood' actress finally came to grips with her Oscar nomination during one very funny, loud dinner.

Patricia Arquette may have won a Lead Actress Emmy for her work on "Medium" in the mid 2000s, but that doesn't mean the thrill of an Oscar nomination for her role in "Boyhood" isn't an entirely new thrill for her.

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Terrence Malick's 'Voyage of Time' is coming to IMAX and with Brad Pitt too

Terrence Malick's 'Voyage of Time' is coming to IMAX and with Brad Pitt too

How trippy will this be?

Terrence Malick is planning on releasing a 40-minute version of his upcoming film "Voyage of Time" for IMAX and our guess is the lines are already around the block in Colorado.

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Santa Barbara to honor below-the-line talent at first-ever Variety Artisans showcase

Santa Barbara to honor below-the-line talent at first-ever Variety Artisans showcase

Talent behind films like 'Into the Woods' and 'Interstellar' to get a little season love

One refreshing change of pace at the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival is the first-ever Variety Artisans Award showcase, honoring below-the-line talent from some of the year's most celebrated films. It's a nice extension of the trade's recent long-time-coming crafts initiative and, like the reading of nominees for all 24 Oscar categories on the air last month, keeps these men and women in a well-deserved spotlight.

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Diane Warren remembers her Oscar-nominated songs, from 'Mannequin' to 'Grateful'
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Diane Warren remembers her Oscar-nominated songs, from 'Mannequin' to 'Grateful'

Her track from 'Beyond the Lights' squares off with stiff competition

Diane Warren has an unmatched reputation for composing ear worms for movies. With "Grateful" from "Beyond the Lights," she has returned to the Oscar race with her seventh nomination after a 13-year absence. HitFix recently spoke to her about work on that film, her previous nominated songs and her return to the race.

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