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The LAMB Devours the Oscars 2018 | Best Directing

It's Oscar time again which means it's time for we at The Large Association of Movie Bloggers to devour them. Why not check out what else is going on with The LAMB Devours the Oscars. This year I'm looking at The Academy Award for Best Directing, which "is given in honour of a film director who has exhibited outstanding directing while working in the film industry."


Previous winners include:

1929/30 - Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front)1939 - Victor Fleming (Gone with the Wind)1943 - Michael Curtiz (Casablanca)1959 - William Wyler (Ben-Hur)1967 - Mike Nichols (The Graduate)1971 - William Friedkin (The French Connection)1982 - Richard Attenborough (Gandhi)1992 - Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven)2006 - Martin Scorsese (The Departed)2013 - Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Originally the award was divided into two categories:
Dramatic - awarded to Frank Borzage for 7th HeavenComedy - awarded to Lewis Milestone for Two Arabian KnightsAfter the first ceremony the categories…

Oscars 2017: Makeup and Hairstyling

I'm back writing for The Lamb Devours The Oscars, this time I'm looking at the category for Makeup and Hairstyling. In 1981 the Academy received complaints that the work of makeup artists on The Elephant Man wouldn't be recognised. In response, they created The Academy Award for Best Makeup. Before this, their work was only recognised through special achievement awards. In 1993 the award was adjusted to include hairstylists whose work contributed "greatly to the appearance and effect of the characters". There are usually only three nominations for this award.
Previous winners include: Dallas Buyers Club (2013) - Adruitha Lee and Robin MatthewsThe Iron Lady (2011) - Mark Coulier and J. Roy HellandStar Trek (2009) - Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel HarlowLa Vie en Rose (2007) - Didier Lavergne and Jan ArchibaldHow The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) - Rick Baker and Gail RyanMen In Black (1997) - Rick Baker and David Leroy AndersonMrs Doubtfire (1993) - Greg Cannom, …

Oscars 2017: Sound Mixing

As part of The Lamb Devours the Oscars I'm looking at the Sound Mixing category. The sound mixers go to work after the all of the movie's sounds have been edited together. It's their job to decide the levels of all the sounds, so whether you hear the score over the top of everything else or quietly in the background. Understandably, it's common for war movies and musicals to get nominated. The award is usually given to the Sound Mixers themselves.

Erik Aadahl - Sound Editing nominee for Argo in 2013 - described the roles of Sound Editor and Sound Mixer in an interview with Deadline: "One way of thinking about it is kind of like an orchestra, where you'll have the composer composing the symphony and then a conductor saying, 'More flutes here,' and that's very much like what mixing is - it's like conducting."  

Previous winners include:

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudolph and Ben OsmoLes Miserables (2012) - Andy Nelson, Mar…