Coville In Egypt

Author Bruce Coville arrived in Egypt on January 21 along with author Elizabeth Levy to spend a week at Alexandria’s Schutz American School. Their plans were sidelined on January 25 with protests broke out. On January 28, Coville reported they were safe in Giza and trying to secure a flight home. The authors are apparently scheduled for a US chartered flight on Wednesday, February 3.

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Obituary: Melissa Mia Hall

Texas author Melissa Mia Hall (b.1956) died on January 29 after suffering an heart attack. Hall began publishing in 1979 and over her career published stories, poems, interviews, reviews, and illustrations.

Obituary: John Barry

Composer John Barry (b.1933) died on January 30 after suffering an heart attack. Barry composed music for genre films including The Black Hole, Moonraker, the 1976 remake of King Kong, Somewhere in Time, Peggy Sue Got Married, and many more. Barry won four Oscars (for Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa, and Dances with Wolves) and a Saturn Award for Somewhere in Time.

Obituary: Charlie Callas

Actor Charlie Callas (b.1924) died on January 28. Callas appeared in Pete’s Dragon, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Amazon Women on the Moon and a variety of other genre films, usually with a comedy bent. He also appeared in several Mel Brooks films. One of his first television roles was on The Munsters and he later played of Sinestro in Legends of the Superheroes. Callas was also an amateur astronomer.

Crawford Winner Announced

Karen Lord’s debut novel Redemption in Indigo has been announced as the winner of the William L. Crawford Award. The Crawford Award is presented annually for a new fantasy author whose first book appeared during the previous year. It is presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be held this year from March 16-20 in Orlando, Florida.

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Close Encounters in Rahway

Arts Guild New Jersey will be hosting an art exhibit entitled Close Encounters from January 30 through March 3. The exhibit features artwork by Madeleine Bliss, Liz Brown, Derek Buckner, Brian Scott Campbell, Ernest Concepcion, Jason Leinwand, Keary Rosen, and Diane Whitebay as well as a radio broadcast of Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds from Oct. 30, 1938. Arts Guild New Jersey is located at 1670 Irving Street in Rahway.

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Obituary: Stanley Frazen

Film editor Stanley Frazen (b.1919) died on January 23. Frazen worked as an editor on the films The Amityville Horror, Kiss and Kill, and Venus in Furs. He also worked on the television shows Space Academy and My Favorite Martian.

Obituary: Bruce Gordon

Actor Bruce Gordon (b.1916) died on January 20. Gordon appeared in the original Piranha, The Tower of London, and Curse of the Undead. Gordon may be best known for his role as Frank Nitti on the television series The Untouchables. He made his film debut opposite the Marx Brothers in Love Happy.

Obituary: Bernd Eichinger

Producer and director Bernd Eichinger (b.1949) died on January 24. Eichinger is best known for producing The Mists of Avalon, The Neverending Story, Prince Valiant, the Resident Evil films, the two Fantastic Four films, as well as several other genre movies. He won a Saturn Award for writing for the script of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

Oscar Nominations

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced and winners will be presented on February 27. This year’s nominees include Aussiecon 4 Artist Guest of Honor Shaun Tan for his short animated film The Lost Thing. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King’s Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

Animated Feature

  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3

Adapted Screenplay

  • 127 Hours, by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
  • Social Network, by Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3, Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich
  • True Grit, by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • Winter’s Bone, by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

Original Screenplay

  • Another Year, by Mike Leigh
  • The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. Story by Keith Dorrington and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
  • Inception, Christopher Nolan
  • The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
  • The King’s Speech, by David Seidler

Art Direction

  • Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg (Production Design) and Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Stuart Craig (Production Design) and Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
  • Inception, Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design), Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)
  • The King’s Speech, Eve Stewart (Production Design) and Judy Farr (Set Decoration)
  • True Grit, Jess Gonchor (Production Design) and Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)

Achievement in Cinematography

  • Black Swan, Matthew Libatique
  • Inception, Wally Pfister
  • The King’s Speech, Danny Cohen
  • The Social Network, Jeff Cronenweth
  • True Grit, Roger Deakins

Achievement in Costume Design

  • Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
  • I Am Love, Antonella Cannarozzi
  • The King’s Speech , Jenny Beavan
  • The Tempest, Sandy Powell
  • True Grit, Mary Zophres

Achievement in Makeup

  • Barney’s Version, Adrien Morot
  • The Way Back, Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

  • How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
  • Inception, Hans Zimmer
  • The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
  • 127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
  • The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

  • ”Coming Home” from Country Strong, Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • ”I See the Light” from Tangled, Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
  • ”If I Rise” from 127 Hours, Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • ”We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Animated Short Film

  • Day and Night, Teddy Newton
  • The Gruffalo, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • Let’s Pollute, Geefwee Boedoe
  • The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary), Bastein DuBois

Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Inception, Richard King
  • Toy Story 3, Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
  • Tron: Legacy, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
  • True Grit, Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
  • Unstoppable, Mark P. Stoeckinger

Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick
  • The King’s Speech, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen, and John Midgley
  • Salt, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan, and William Sarokin
  • The Social Network, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, and Mark Weingarten
  • True Grit, Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. Kurland

Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Alice in Wonderland, Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas, and Sean Phillips
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz, and Nicolas Aithadi
  • Hereafter, Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski, and Joe Farrell
  • Inception, Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb
  • Iron Man 2, Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright, and Daniel Sudick

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