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Buster Keaton

If you like Chaplin you will absolutely love Keaton, who is widely acknowledged for being one of the greatest directors of all time, a great screen legend and one of our finest actors, as well as one of the three top comedians in silent era Hollywood, and a true pioneer for the independent filmmaker; producing, controlling and owning his films.

Offered as one of three films in the Buster Keaton Collection, The Cameraman is Buster at his deadpan funniest. After becoming infatuated with a pretty office worker for a Newsreel company, Buster picks up a movie camera and sets out to impress the girl, which makes for some very interesting, visually groundbreaking and cleaver footage, capturing the essence of what it was like to be an innovative cameraman.

Based on a true incident, “The General” is a classic of silent screen comedy. Keaton is a Southern engineer whose train is hijacked by Union forces, which leads to a classic locomotive chase and some truly impressive and hilarious stunts, some of which could only be produced by CGI today.

Sherlock Jr is one of the comic's most inventive efforts (introducing a concept oft repeated) depicting a movie projectionist entering the film he's running in order to solve a jewelry theft. Known for doing his own stunts as well as filling in for his costars, Keaton actually fractures his neck on screen as the water from a basin flows from a tube and washes him onto the track.

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Oscar Handicap 2007: Score, Editing and Art Direction

By EdwardHavens

February 13th, 2007

Our annual Oscar Handicap series continues with three categories we have begun tracking this year: Best Score, Best Editing and Best Art Direction.

Oscar Handicap 2007: Score, Editing and Art Direction

(For explanations as to how our scoring system works, make sure to read our first article in the series, Best Picture of the Year, linked at the bottom of this article.)

Best Score


It's hard to say how different the numbers would be had this category not been split into Best Dramatic Score and Best Musical or Comedy Score between 1995 and 1998, but there are still some clear indicators as to how this award might turn out.
The Breakdowns
1) Winners in this category had also been nominated for the Golden Globe 26 of the last 28 ceremonies. Advantage: Babel
2) Scores for films that were predominantly set in the past have won 26 or 28 (92.68%). Advantage: The Good German, Pan's Labyrinth, The Queen
3) Best Score has gone to a film also nominated for Best Picture 22 of 28 (78.57%). Advantages: Babel, The Queen
4) First time nominees in this category have won 18 of 28 (64.29%). Advantage: Pan's Labyrinth, The Queen

By The Numbers
The numbers say it could be a good night for the one-time French police officer who has also created memorable scores for Syriana, Birth and The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Babel (Music by Gustavo Santaolalla): +1, -2, +3, -4 (60 of 112, 53.57%)
The Good German (Music by Thomas Newman): -1, +2, -3, -4 (44 of 112, 39.29%)
Notes on a Scandal (Music by Philip Glass): -1, -2, -3, -4 (20 of 112, 17.86%)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Music by Javier Navarrete): -1, +2, -3, +4 (52 of 112, 46.43%)
The Queen (Alexandre Desplat): -1, +2, +3, +4 (68 of 112, 60.71%)

Best Art Direction


The Art Director (who is also called the Production Designer) is the part of the team, along with the director and cinematographer, who is responsible for the overall look of the film. The Art Director directs the key personnel in costume design, hair and make-up, special effects and locations to establish a unified visual appearance to the film, as well as the overall design and look of all sets created. So it should come as little surprise that many of the winners here were also up for the cinematography award.
The Breakdowns
1) As long as you are not lowest grossing nominee in this category, you have won 27 of 28 (96.43%). Advantage: Dreamgirls, The Good Shepherd, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Prestige
2) Movies where the past needs to be recreated have won the award 24 of the last 28 ceremonies (85.71%). Advantages: All
3) Winners of this award have also been nominated for Best Cinematography 23 of 28 times (82.14%). Advantages: Pan's Labyrinth, The Prestige
4) Winners in this category have been previously nominated here 17 of 28 (60.71%). Advantage: Dreamgirls, The Good Shepherd, Pirates of the Caribbean
5) Winners of one of the three Art Directors Guild awards have gone on to win here 6 of 10 since the ADG awards were created in 1997 (60%). Advantage: Pan's Labyrinth

By The Numbers

Dreamgirls (Art Director: John Myhre, Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh): +1, +2, -3, +4, -5 (77 of 122, 63.11%)
The Good Shepherd (Art Director: Jeannine Oppewall, Set Decorator: Gretchen Rau and Leslie E. Rollins): +1, +2, -3, +4, -5 (77 of 122, 63.11%)
Pan's Labyrinth (Art Director: Eugenio Caballero, Set Decorator: Pilar Revuelta): -1, +2, +3, -4, +5 (47 of 122, 38.52%)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Art Director: Rick Heinrichs, Set Decorator: Cheryl A. Carasik): +1, +2, -3, +4, -5 (77 of 122, 63.11%)
The Prestige (Art Director: Nathan Crowley, Set Decorator: Julie Ochipinti): +1, +2, +3, -4, -5 (71 of 122, 58.20%)

Best Editing


The only part of the process unique to cinema, and which defines and separates filmmaking from almost all other art forms, editors works with the various layers of image, story and music, creating the rhythm and the pace of the work, honing the infinite possibilities of the juxtaposition of small snippets of film into a creative, coherent, cohesive whole. But how does the Academy decide whose work was the best?

The Breakdowns
1) The winner of Best Editing has been tied to a Best Picture nominee 25 of the past 28 ceremonies (89.29%). Advantage: Babel, The Departed
2) Best Editor winners have also been nominated for Best Director 24 of 28 (85.71%). Advantage: Babel, The Departed, United 93
3) Solo editors have triumphed over their teamed nominees 23 of 28 (82.14%). Advantage: Blood Diamond, The Departed
4) Winners of the Best Editing have also won the American Cinema Editors Award (split into comedy and drama categories in 2000) 21 of 28 (75%). Advantage: Babel, The Departed

By The Numbers
The working partner of Martin Scorsese and the widow of the great English filmmaker Michael Powell should be going home with her third Oscar. (It should be noted that winners of the Best Editing Oscar have only gone on to win Best Picture 13 of the last 28 years)
Babel (Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise): +1, -2, -3, +4 (75 of 112, 66.96%)
Blood Diamond (Steven Rosenblum): -1, -2, +3, -4 (37 of 112, 33.04%)
Children of Men (Alex Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón): -1, -2, -3, -4 (19 of 112, 16.96%)
The Departed (Thelma Schoonmaker): +1, +2, +3, +4 (93 of 112, 83.04%)
United 93 (Clare Douglas, Christopher Rouse and Richard Pearson):-1, +2, -3, +4 (39 of 112, 34.82%)


Find out who wins this year's Oscars, when the Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 are presented on Sunday, February 25, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, televised live on ABC beginning at 5 PM PST/8 PM EST. A one-hour red carpet arrivals show will precede the telecast at 4 PM PST/7 PM EST.


Addition articles in this series:
Best Picture of the Year
Best Director
Best Actor and Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Feature