Frank Awards 2014: Art and Effects

Another year has gone by, so that another edition of the Frank Awards must happen! So, these are the Frank Awards 2014, my personal favorites, my favorite things of the year in amazing and various categories. As with my top 20 films of the year, these awards and the films nominated are for films that were released in 2014 and only in 2014. Besides that, this is practically a free-for-all, anything and probably most things that haven’t been noticed, will be nominated, this is my taste, tremble before it.

I decided to, once again, divide up the categories in groups, and I will try to give it some interesting shape, or at least I want to try. Hey! Let’s begin!

Best Art Direction

The winner in this category last year, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ (2013), was for the workers Marco Bittner Rosser, Anja Fromm and Anu Schwartz, only one of them had a work released in 2014: Anu Schwartz, who worked as art director in ‘The Normal Heart’ and ‘The Angriest Man in Brooklyn’ (the last one being the only one I saw, and it wasn’t really the most impressive in its art department).

So, this year the nominees are:


  • Ravi Bansal, Thomas Brown, Ray Chan, Romek Delmata, Alan Payne, Phil Sims, Mike Stallion, Mark Swain and Charles Wood for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
  • Simon Bright, Dan Hannah and Andy McLaren for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’
  • Nathan Crawley, Kendelle Elliott, Eggert Ketilsson, David F. Klassen, Gary Kosko, Josh Lusby, Eric Sundahl and Dean Wolcott for ‘Interstellar’
  • Karen Hannaford and Alex Holmes for ‘The Babadook’
  • Stephen O. Gessler, Adam Stockhausen, Gerald Sullivan and Steve Summersgill for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

As you might notice, this year the hobbit team is nominated once again, being two of them (Simon Bright and Andy McLaren) winners of a previous Frank Award in the same category for their work in ‘Avatar’ (2009). The team for ‘Interstellar’ is mostly a no-show in previous Frank Awards, except for Gary Kosko that was nominated for ‘Star Trek’ (2009) and Dean Wolcott, who was nominated for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) and won for ‘Inception’ (2010). In the team nominated for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is a slew of previously nominated hard workers, like Stephen O. Gessler and Steve Summersgill who were nominated for ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009) and ‘Cloud Atlas’ (2012), while Adam Stockhausen and Gerald Sullivan were both nominated for the previous Wes Anderson film, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (2012).

And the Winners are…

Was there ever another choice? This movie is preciously put together, like one of the cakes that Saoirse Ronan does as a baker, with every little thing in its place, with every piece of beauty, and each framed spectacularly magnificently captured by the style of Wes Anderson. This is a work of art. Great work Stephen O. Gessler, Adam Stockhausen, Gerald Sullivan and Steve Summersgill on ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’


Best Costume Design

The winners of this category last year are nominated once again this year for their continuous work in The Hobbit, last year for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ (2013), on the hands of Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor.

So, this year the nominees are:


  • Mark Bridges for ‘Inherent Vice’
  • Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’
  • Alexandra Byrne for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
  • Milena Canonero for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
  • Chieko Matsumoto for ‘Tokyo Tribe’

The only repeats are, as told before, are the three costume designers of The Hobbit, who won last year and were nominated in 2012 for the first Hobbit film. The rest are first-time nominees in great films.

And the Winner/s is/are…

Sorry, but not sorry. It’s not favoritism, but the amount of costumes that appear here in the bodies of humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, monsters, wizards, everything here mixes and it’s a shining example of how the hard work and preparation does pay off. People tend to hate these movies for some reason, but here’s one thing that I can’t understand, their craft is unbelievably good and I don’t care how ‘fantasy’ those elements are, they are masterpieces, and here Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor have made it once again with ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’.


Best Special Effects

The winner last year was almost too obvious ‘Gravity’ (2013), maybe one of the most surprising special effects in a long time. Great work here, but what does this year awaits us?

This year the nominees are:


  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar

And the film with the best special effects is:

While for some ‘Interstellar’ would be a better choice, I decided to give this award to what was maybe the best time at the movies this year, ‘Godzilla’, a spectacle of special effects, and more than anything else, a way to bring back the giant monster that we all love and hold dear. This is the movie that brought that monster alive once again, let’s give it the praise it needs.


Best Makeup

Last year the blood, guts and props, as well as head-wear present in all the segments of ‘V/H/S/2’ (2013), made it one of the best showcases of modern makeup talent. This year, what do we have?

The nominees are:


  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Raid 2: Berandal
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • [REC] 4: Apocalipsis

And the movie with the best makeup is…

The work with every different species, alien and other creatures in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was impeccable, and maybe the most impressive that I’ve seen in a while, where the creatures that weren’t done with CGI actually had some love in them, a craft that is rare and expensive, but here turns real, it gives them life, it doesn’t hide, it gives character.

More… SOON!






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