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Can 'Eagle Eye' zero in on tech Oscars or guild kudos?

October 1, 2008 |  2:39 pm

"Eagle Eye" continues to dominate the box office, earning $33.5 million so far. While the hi-tech thriller starring Shia LaBeouf failed to thrill most critics (it scored only 43 on Meta Critic) its filmmakers toiling behind the lens could still score in the awards derby.


Senior visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel is a three-time Oscar winner for the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and was a two-time  winner of awards from the Visual Effects Society for the second and third installments. And visual effects supervisor Jim Berney has one Oscar nod ("The Chronicles of Narnia," 2005) as well as a VES nod for that film and last year's "I Am Legend. "

Supervising sound editor Per Hallberg is a two-time Oscar winner for "Braveheart" (1995) and "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007). Sharing that last win with him was Karen Baker, his co-supervising sound editor on "Eagle Eye. "

Sound rerecording for "Eagle Eye" was supervised by Michael Minkler who won the most recent three of his 10 Oscar noms — "Dreamgirls" (2006), "Chicago" (2002), and "Black Hawk Down" (2001). Minkler was also feted by the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) with a lifetime achievement award in 2006. Co-supervising were Kirk Francis, Oscar winner for "The Bourne Ultimatum" and five-time Oscar nominee Art Rochester.

Production designer Tom Sanders is a two-time art direction Oscar nominee: for "Dracula" in 1992 when he lost to "Howard's End" and for "Saving Private Ryan" in 1998 when "Shakespeare in Love" won. And cinematographer Dariusz Wolski picked up an ASC guild nod back in 1995 for "Crimson Tide" (he lost to "Braveheart"). Since then, he has lensed the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy and worked with Tim Burton on "Sweeney Todd" and the upcoming "Alice in Wonderland. "


Goodbye, Oscar? Does Shia LaBeouf's hooliganism kill his future award hopes?

July 28, 2008 |  2:09 pm

Earlier this year, BAFTA singled out Shia LaBeouf for a special laurel that revealed that the lofty U.K. film organization — the equivalent to Hollywood's motion-picture academy — believes he'll be back someday as a serious player for further kudos. Shia LaBeouf received its rising star award.

Shia LaBeouf was taken seriously last year by the Screen Actors Guild when he was nominated for the ensemble award along with the rest of the cast of "Bobby." LaBeouf won a Daytime Emmy as best child performer of 2003 for his role as average American boy in Disney Channel's "Even Stevens."


So all of that means he's poised to be a kudos player ahead. But Shia LaBeouf needs to be taken seriously as a person too. That means avoiding a different kind of public recognition — like his recent wacky arrests for suspicion of drunk driving in Hollywood and criminal trespassing in Chicago.

Lucky for Shia LaBeouf, the most serious damage he suffered physically was a busted hand and bruised knee when he flipped over his truck at La Brea and Fountain at 3 a.m. Sunday morning, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said. The charge against him is significant — drunk driving — but it's a misdemeanor and he was fortunate that the charges against him in Chicago were dropped when Walgreens decided not to pursue their complaint that Shia LaBeouf hassled their security guards after he partied all night at the Underground.

Memo to Shia LaBeouf: Straighten up, kiddo. If you ever want to win an Oscar, Golden Globe or prime-time Emmy — then you can't become one of those Hollywood hooligans. Remember: Two of the town's most notorious rascals — Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton — are Oscar's biggest losers (eight defeats for O'Toole, seven for Burton). Russell Crowe hasn't been nominated since he assaulted that BAFTA producer and hurled a phone at that Manhattan hotel clerk. CLICK HERE to continue reading more about how bad boys don't win Oscars.


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Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe will give Shia LaBeouf the big kiss-off @ MTV Movie Awards

May 31, 2008 | 10:47 am

At the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, the hottest prize — best kiss — is a contest between Daniel Radcliffe and Katie Leung ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"), Shia LaBeouf and Sarah Roemer ("Disturbia") and Ellen Page and Michael Cera ("Juno").

Forget the other nominees. (See a full list of all MTV Movie Awards contenders, CLICK HERE.) Patrick Dempsey gives Amy Adams such a passionate peck of the classic storybook kind in "Enchanted" that he wakes a frozen princess, yes, but it's too cliche, too Disney, thus too anti-cool for the MTV crowd.

You don't have to forget about Robert Hoffman bussing Briana Evigan because we didn't know them in the first place, nor their insignificant sequel — "Step Up 2: The Streets."

I think we can probably shrug off the "Juno" smooch, too, since all the hype — which was always more about the movie than its stars — is over.

This a matchup between Daniel Radcliffe, who has cast a magic spell over movie-goers for years, and hottie-of-the-moment Shia LaBeouf. The latter doesn't have the following that the former does, and "Disturbia" isn't a movie that really matters. So this award goes to the Harry Potter lovebirds.

If Radcliffe kissed LaBeouf, they'd be a cinch to win, considering the duos who've prevailed in this category over the past two years: Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen in "Talladega Nights" and Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in "Brokeback Mountain."


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