The Winners of this year’s Academy Awards were announced and winners on March 2. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below. This year’s results make Robert Lopez (winner for the song “Let it Go”) the twelfth person to win a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
- Directing: Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón
- Writing—Original Screenplay: Her, written by Spike Jonze
- Film Editing: Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
- Music—Original Score: Gravity, by Steven Price
- Music—Original Song: “Let it Go,” from Frozen, music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
- Animated Feature Film: Frozen
- Short Film—Animated: Mr. Hublot
- Live-Action Short Film: Helium
- Visual Effects: Gravity, for Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould
- Cinematography: Gravity, for Emmanuel Lubezki
- Sound Editing: Gravity, for Glenn Freemantle
- Sound Mixing: Gravity, for Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro
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The 34th annual Razzie Award “winners” have been announced. The Razzies are given for the worst films to hit theatres in a given year.
- Worst Picture: Movie 43
- Worst Actress: Tyler Perry in A Madea Christmas
- Worst Actor: Jaden Smith in After Earth
- Worst Supporting Actress: Kim Kardashian in Tyler Perry’s Temptation
- Worst Supporting Actor: Will Smith in After Earth
- Worst Screen Combo: Jaden Smith & Will Smith on Planet Nepotism in After Earth
- Worst Director: The 13 People Who Directed Movie 43
- Worst Screenplay: Movie 43, written by 19 “Screenwriters”
- Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel: The Lone Ranger
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Director and actor Harold Ramis (b.1944) died on February 24. Ramis got his start with Second City and went on to write, direct, and act in numerous comedies, including Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Stripes, Animal House, and Bedazzled.
Actress Margery Mason (b.1913) died on January 25. Mason portrayed the old lady who booed Buttercup in The Princess Bride and also appeared in Quatermass and the Pit and a bit role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Other appearances included Pink Floyd’s The Wall and the live action version of 101 Dalmatians.
Actor Malcolm Tierney (b.1938) died on February 18. Tierney portrayed Doland in four episodes of the Doctor Who serial “The Trial of a Time Lord” and had an uncredited role in Star Wars as a guard on the detention block who was shot by Luke Skywalker. He also appeared in an episode of Out of the Unknown and the films Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and The Medusa Touch.
Director Jimmy T. Murakami (b.Teruaki Murakami 1933) died on February 16. Murakami directed Battle Beyond the Stars and When the Wind Blows. He worked as an animator on several projects, including the 1980s television series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and as a producer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm (b.1946) died on February 15. Malcolm’s first screen role was a bit role in the 1968 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He went on to play Rogue 2 in The Empire Strikes Back, had appearances in Superman III and Labyrinth and played Kirk Matunas in Highlander. Malcolm also portrayed Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Actor Ralph Waite (b.1928) died on February 13. Best known for portraying John Walton on The Waltons, he also appeared in the television series Carnivàle and episodes of The Outer Limits and Time Trax. His film work included the alternate history film Timequest, Crash and Burn, and Spirit.
Camera operator Suzy Zeffren-Rauch (b.Suzy Zeffren, 1970) died on February 12. Zeffren-Rauch began working for Disney Studios as a camera department coordinator on Beauty and the Beast in 1991 and went on to work on animated films including Lilo & Stitch and Treasure Planet. Following her work on Chicken Little, she moved to the film & digital services department.
Comedian Sid Caesar (b.1922) died on February 12. Caesar was best known for his work on Your Show of Shows. While he was primarily a comedian, appearing in films like It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Caesar did have some genre credits, including The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, based on the Ray Bradbury story, Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part I and an appearance in an episode of Brooks’ Robin Hood series When Times Were Rotten, as well as Amazing Stories and The Munsters’ Revenge.