2012 Oscar Preview: Best Animated Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Technical Category Quick Picks

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Continuing on with our look at the 2012 Oscar race, today we delve into Best Animated Feature and the technical categories. As Pixar’s Cars 2 was the studio’s worst-received feature to date (it currently sits at 38% on Rotten Tomatoes), we’ve got ourselves an actual competition in the Animated Feature category. Not only that, but if all 18 films that were submitted to the Academy are deemed eligible, we’ll have a total of five nominated films. This leaves us to debate the merits of Rango and The Adventures of Tintin against the likes of Puss in Boots and Arthur Christmas.

Additionally, we’ve taken a stab at Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, and the technical categories. As these are incredibly tricky to predict this far out (and my picks would be doomed to haunt me come February), I’ve simply listed a couple of frontrunners in each category instead of going in depth. Though it’s still early, we’ve got an overall picture of how things look like they’ll stack up; so hit the jump to check out the state of the race so far. If you missed our previous preview articles, be sure to take a look at our picks for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and Best Actor and Best Actress.

Spielberg News: New Images from WAR HORSE; John Williams to Score LINCOLN

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Today in Steven Spielberg news, we have a couple of stories.  First off, Variety reports that Spielberg will reunite with his longtime composer John Williams for the Abrham Lincoln biopic Lincoln.  It would be more newsworthy if Spielberg wasn’t going with Williams, but why mess with something that’s worked 24 times before?  Williams scored both of Spielberg’s upcoming films, The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, and it will be interesting to see what he has in store for those movies and for Lincoln.

Speaking of War Horse, 17 new images from the movie have gone online including several set photos.  The movie takes place during World War I and centers on a horse and his owner, Arthur (Jeremy Irvine), trying to reunite after the horse is requisitioned for battle.  Judging by these images, Arthur really likes that horse.  Hit the jump to check out the images.  War Horse opens December 25th.  Lincoln opens in late 2012.

Watch Composer Michael Giacchino Discuss Arranging John Williams’ Music for the New STAR TOURS

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With the new Star Tours motion simulator attraction currently opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s (Up) revisited arrangement of the classic John Williams score is playing to audiences across the world. For a sneak peek at what Giacchino did with the timeless work, you can hit the jump to check out a behind-the-scenes video which features the composer talking about his approach to the music as well as footage from the attraction’s actual scoring sessions.

Hit the jump to watch the behind-the-scenes video. Click here to check out Steve’s recent interview with Giacchino where he discusses Cars 2, Star Trek, a sequel to The Incredibles, and more.

John Williams Makes Surprise Appearance and Conducts “The Imperial March” at STAR WARS: In Concert

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This past weekend, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles was host to Star Wars: In Concert. The multimedia event, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, features the orchestra and choir performing music from all six Star Wars films accompanied by specifically edited footage from the sci-fi franchise. Well last night, composer John Williams made a surprise appearance at the performance and proceeded to conduct “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme).” Needless to say, it’s pretty damn cool. Hit the jump to watch video of the Williams-conducted performance and geek out accordingly.

CORPSE BRIDE Co-Director Mike Johnson to Direct OZ WARS

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Because the world needed yet another freaking Wizard of Oz re-imagining/sequel/prequel, director Mike Johnson (Corpse Bride) has signed on to helm the CG/stop-motion flick Oz Wars for Vanguard Films.  Variety reports that the script (written by Rob Moreland and Athena Gam), “is a transformation of the Oz narrative, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters against a contemporary backdrop.”  Johnson (who also worked as an animator on The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach) says his take on the Land of Oz re-imagines the world as “dark, slick, sexy and dangerous.”  Throw in the word “sticky” and Oz Wars may as well take place on the floor of a nightclub.

Hit the jump for what Vanguard chief John Williams had to say on the film and a refresher on the other Wizard of Oz projects in development.

KUNG FU PANDA Director John Stevenson Signs Multi-Picture Deal with Vanguard Films; Will Direct ALIEN ROCK BAND and ROTTEN ISLAND

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Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson has signed a multi-picture deal with John Williams’ Vanguard Films.  Stevenson’s first project with Vanguard will be helming the live action/CGI hybrid film Alien Rock Band.  Here’s how the press release describes the movie:

Plot revolves around a garage band from Earth which journeys across the Universe to qualify for a shot at superstardom in an Intergalactic Battle of the Bands. It won’t be easy – the band will have to out-shred four-armed alien guitarists, face-down tentacled, punker octo-drummers, and fight snarling alien monsters – with music as its only weapon.

Surprisingly, there’s no mention of alien cocaine or alien groupies.  Hit the jump to learn about the other projects Stevenson and Vanguard will be collaborating on.

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