Among honors handed out for color grading, editing, sound and VFX were ‘Lion King’ VFX supervisor Robert Legato taking home the Hollywood Professional Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Oscar hopefuls The Lion King and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards, Thursday night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
The VFX team behind Jon Favreau’s virtual production of The Lion King collected the trophy for best feature VFX. Lion King’s VFX supervisor, three-time Oscar winner Robert Legato, was additionally recognized with the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award.
The honored Lion King VFX team also included Andrew R. Jones, Tom Peitzman and VFX house MPC’s Adam Valdez, Elliot Newman and Audrey Ferrara.
Editor Fred Raskin won the award for editing Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Also in the feature categories, a team from Godzilla: King of Monsters won the award for sound, including Tim LeBlanc and Tom Ozanich from Warner Bros.; and Erik Aadahl, Nancy Nugent and Jason W. Jennings representing E Squared. EFILM colorist Natasha Leonnet’s work on Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse was recognized for outstanding color grading (she was also nominated in the category for First Man). As the HPA Awards eligibility period runs from September to September, some of last year’s Oscar winners were nominated alongside some of this year’s hopefuls.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is such a rabbit hole of references, themes and moods that 40 minutes is hardly sufficient to scramble down it. But a small audience in a Hollywood theater was happy to have that much time Saturday with the rare reassembling of Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie for a post-screening discussion about the year’s most rewardingly episodic epic. (The chat was also live-streamed to 18 other screens around North America.)
The Q&A had Tarantino holding the home-field advantage as a conversationalist, taking place at his own beloved repertory house, the New Beverly. Invited guild members were on hand along with 50 members of Tarantino’s public, who were recognizable as the ones asleep under coats and blankets before the screening started, some having waited outside much of the night for the early a.m. dispersal of free tickets. They were rewarded with a discussion that packed a lot into those 40 minutes, like the legacy of Luke Perry; the influences on the movie of “Billy Jack,” Travis Bickle, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes and cumulus clouds; and what horrors might have transpired if a smartphone had dared interrupt the director’s 1969 fever dream.
Sony Pictures, the studio behind Tarantino’s latest feature, announced the movie will be re-released with 10 minutes of additional footage, including four new scenes. The lengthier version of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which already clocked in at two hours and 41 minutes, will hit 1,000 North American locations starting on Oct. 25.
“Audiences have shown tremendous support for this movie, and we look forward to offering them another opportunity to see the film as it’s meant to be seen — in theaters on the big screen — with more sights and sounds of the sixties from Quentin Tarantino as an added treat,” Adrian Smith, Sony’s president of domestic distribution, said in a statement.
The news comes following Tarantino’s announcement that he would not re-cut the movie to appease Chinese censors, putting its Oct. 25 debut in that territory “on hold.” Exhibitors say China was displeased with the movie’s portrayal of Bruce Lee.
Even without a China release, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is already Tarantino’s second-highest grossing movie ever behind “Django Unchained” ($425 million). So far, the R-rated film has earned $139 million in North America and $228 million overseas from a $90 million budget.
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• x018 Ad Astra (Behind the Scenes, Promo & Stills)
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PS. He sure has been busy and with that – keeping me and other BP fansites busy. But I am enjoying these updates. More soon!
Robert Richardson is not only one of the best cinematographers working today, he’s also one of the closest collaborators of one of the best writer-directors in history. Richardson has worked with Quentin Tarantino on five films now, dating back to Kill Bill, but their latest collaboration is one of their most satisfying yet. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place over the course of three days in 1969 and follows the lives of a fading TV actor named Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), his laid-back stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), and shining star Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie)—Rick’s next-door neighbor.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood brings 1969 Los Angeles to life in a way that feels vibrant and vivacious, but it’s also a deeply intimate story of these three characters. Richardson’s cinematography at once evokes the epic promise of Hollywood, but also the personal triumphs—and failures—of those trying to make it. Along the way, Richardson and Tarantino delightfully capture life on a Western TV series set, evoke the spookiness of the Manson Family-filled Spahn Ranch, and go dark for a truly shocking (and ultimately touching) grand finale. The striking nature of images onscreen is a testament to both Richardson’s and Tarantino’s talents, but despite the varying locations and landscapes, all feel like pieces of a whole.
Read more. Interesting interview from his perspective as a cinematographer. He also mentions Brad a few times. Nice read!
POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT
Among the many enigmas, controversies and unexplained mysteries within Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” is a bit of backstory about Brad Pitt’s character, Cliff Booth. What happened to his late wife?
A stuntman and war veteran resigned that his best days are behind him, Booth works as a handyman, driver and general aide-de-camp for actor Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. But Pitt’s character also can’t escape the rumor that he killed his wife.
The exact circumstances of her death and its aftermath are never fully discussed — was Cliff charged or tried for any crime? — but a flashback reveals that Cliff and his wife, Billie, played by Rebecca Gayheart, were both drinking heavily and arguing while alone on a boat out at sea. Cliff, in a wetsuit and scuba mask, absently points a harpoon gun toward his wife. There’s the crash of a wave and the scene ends.
If the rumor that swirls around Cliff colors the response of others to him — “I don’t dig the vibe he brings on a set,” says a stunt coordinator played by Kurt Russell — it also partly explains the air of sad resignation that surrounds him, as Cliff lives somewhat in exile in a trailer behind a drive-in movie theater in the Valley.
In a recent interview with The Times, Pitt was asked the question directly: Did Cliff kill his wife?
“That, I will never tell,” Pitt said with a laugh.
Pitt confirmed that he had to answer that central question of Cliff’s guilt in constructing his performance, but he’s not interested in sharing.
The movie does offer a few possible clues: At one point, Cliff says he spent time on a chain gang in Texas for hitting a police officer. He declines the advances of a young hitchhiker played by Margaret Qualley, noting that he has long avoided jail and that he isn’t going to be finally sent away over a potentially underage girl (using tangier language than that).
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