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February 18, 2008

Technically speaking


"Sweeney Todd" won something! So did "Into the Wild!" Too bad those streaks will probably end at one.

There were a passel of technical awards doled out over the weekend, and boy is that International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel getting a workout.

Chris Lebenzon picked up an Eddie from the American Cinema Editors for the aforementioned serial-killer-thriller. The other big winner of the night, who's also an Oscar nominee: Christopher Rouse for "The Bourne Ultimatum." See the results, along with TV winners, here.

"There Will Be Blood," "The Golden Compass" and awards-hoarder "No Country for Old Men" (see also: Cinema Audio Society award for sound mixing) came away with top production design honors from the Art Directors Guild on Saturday night. The event featured one of the best presenters (Ray Bradbury) and hosts (Harry Shearer, in fine form) of the season. More here.

Jacques Jouffret's now the proud owner of the Camera Operator of the Year award for the sweeping panoramas of "Into the Wild."

Huzzahs all around.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

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    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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