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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

90th Academy Awards: Best Production Design

The nominees are:

Beauty and the Beast

Nominated Team and Oscar History:

* Sarah Greenwood: 4 previous nominations; nominated twice this year

* Katie Spencer: 4 previous nominations; nominated twice this year

Monday, February 19, 2018

90th Academy Awards: Best Costume Design

The nominees are:

Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread

Oscar History: 1 win; 1 previous nomination

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Review: Call Me By Your Name (2017)

* * * 1/2

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer

To speak or to die. That's the question at the heart of Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino's adaptation of the novel of the same name about the intensity of first love, in all its confusion and terror and joy. It's a well-realized film that, despite being told via a deeply restrained and interior story, manages to bring the emotions up to the surface to create something insightful and quite moving. Nominated for 4 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Song), and arguably deserving of more, Call Me By Your Name is one of the best films of 2017. It's a thoughtful and beautifully rendered piece of work, even though it opts to be shy at moments when it might have been better served by boldness.

90th Academy Awards: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The nominees are:

Darkest Hour

Nominated Team and Oscar History:

* Kazuhiro Tsuji: 2 previous nominations for Best Makeup

* David Malinowski: First nomination

* Lucy Sibbick: First nomination

Saturday, February 17, 2018

90th Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects

The nominees are:

Blade Runner 2049

Nominated Team and Oscar History:

* John Nelson: 1 win; 2 previous nominations

* Gerd Nefzer: First nomination

* Paul Lambert: First nomination

* Richard R. Hoover: 2 previous nominations