Monday, February 29, 2016




Best Picture

The Big Short
Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

Bridge of Spies
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger

Producers: Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey

Mad Max: Fury Road
Producers: Doug Mitchell and George Miller

The Martian
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam

The Revenant
Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon

Producer: Ed Guiney

Producers: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, The Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Brie Larson - one of Variety's 10 to Watch at HIFF
Best Actress Oscar for Room


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Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Alicia Vikander at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival
Photo by Eric Roffman

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander. The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Animated Feature Film

Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shawn the Sheep Movie
When Marley Was There

Best Cinematography

The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

Best Costume Design

Danish Girl
Mad Max
The Revenant

Best Directing

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max
Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Documentary Feature

Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best Documentary Short

Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best Film Editing

The Big Short, Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight, Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best Foreign Language Film

Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia
Mustang, France
Son of Saul, Hungary
Theeb, Jordan
A War, Denmark

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr

The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Best Music - Original Song

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty

“Simple Song #3” from Youth
Music and Lyric by David Lang

“Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Music - Original Score

Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
Carol, Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich

The Danish Girl,  Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish

Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

The Martian, Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak

The Revenant, Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Best Short Film - Live Action

Ave Maria, Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
Day One, Henry Hughes
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Patrick Vollrath
Shok, Jamie Donoughue
Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Best Short Film - Animated

Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Prologue, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
Sanjay's Super Team, Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
We Can't Live Without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit
World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White
The Martian, Oliver Tarney
The Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
Sicario, Alan Robert Murray
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina, 
Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams

The Martian, 
Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner

The Revenant, 
Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Brooklyn, screenplay by Nick Hornby
Carol, screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
The Martian, screenplay by Drew Goddard
Room, screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Best Writing - Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, 
written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Ex Machina, 
written by Alex Garland

Inside Out, 
screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen


written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Straight Outta Compton, 
screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

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Sunday, February 21, 2016


SAMSUNG VR - ANNOUNCEMENTS - Barcelona MWC 2/21/2016

Samsung continued its strong support of VR at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress. However there were no game-changing announcements.

Basically, they...


It is exciting to see VR Live-Casting. However, the quality of the Samsung production was not as sophisticated as NextVR is beginning to achieve. The resolution was OK, not great. The camera placement was too far from the stage. And it appeared to be 2D, not 3D. (There was also a problem, separate from VR, watching the webcast on my computer, with the signal being lost several times. It could be my computer/connection but other webcasts have been OK.)

As discussed in an earlier story in QPORIT about NextVR, one important feature of 360 live-casting is that the camera be placed as if it were at the location where a viewer would most like to be, so that the main subject looks human-sized, as if you a few feet away. Usually that means putting the camera onstage. Or in row A, Center, standing. (Note: For 3D to contribute to the scene -- when it is there at all -- it is also valuable to have a number of items - or people- at slightly different distances to enhance the feeling of depth.)


There were modest improvements in the phones...

In addition, the pre-order bundle includes a free Gear VR!


While mentioning the Project Beyond camera briefly, referring to it as available for "professional" use, Samsung introduced a new consumer VR camera, with two hemispherical lenses, allowing full spherical 360 x 180 degree coverage. Each hemisphere has a 1920 x 1920 pixel resolution. The S7 can be synced to the camera and will automatically stitch the image to a 2940 x 1920 video. It was not entirely clear, but it seemed as if the video can even be streamed live from the phone to a remote Gear VR. The Gear 360 camera should be available later this year.


Next steps for VR to continue to improve include...





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