2019 Oscars exclusive interviews: 7 chats with cinematography, editing, VFX nominees for ‘Avengers,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and more [WATCH]

Gold Derby has conducted exclusive video chats with dozens of this year’s Oscar contenders across a wide variety of categories. That includes nine of this year’s nominees for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects. Will they get a Gold Derby bump when the envelopes are opened on Sunday, February 24? Follow the links below to be taken to their full interviews.

Barry Alexander Brown (Best Film Editing, “BlacKkKlansman”): Spike Lee‘s longtime editor earned his first nomination in this category for this fact-based drama about an African-American police detective (John David Washington) who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. This film also brought Brown a bid at the ACE Eddie Awards. Before he joined forces with Lee he previously picked up an Oscar nom for Best Documentary Feature for “The War at Home” (1979). (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

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Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Kelly Port (Best Visual Effects, “Avengers: Infinity War”): Visual effects supervisors DeLeeuw, Earl and Port contend for this Marvel superhero flick that finds the title superheroes battling the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin). The film won four prizes at the Visual Effects Society Awards and received a BAFTA bid. DeLeeuw and Earl previously competed for Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2011), while Earl was nominated for “Transformers” (2007) and “Star Trek” (2009). (Click here to be taken to their full interview)

Caleb Deschanel (Best Cinematography, “Never Look Away”): Five-time Oscar nominee Deschanel returned to the Best Cinematography race with this foreign language epic about a painter (Tom Schilling) in WWII Germany. The veteran DP previously competed for “The Right Stuff” (1983), “The Natural” (1984), “Fly Away Home” (1996), “The Patriot” (2000) and “The Passion of the Christ” (2004). (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

Patrick J. Don Vito (Best Film Editing, “Green Book”): Don Vito earned his first Oscar bid for Best Film Editing for this road movie about the unlikely friendship between an Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) and an African-American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali). He also contended at the ACE Eddie Awards for the film. (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

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Roger Guyett (Best Visual Effects, “Ready Player One”): Guyett earned his fifth Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects for Steven Spielberg‘s sci-fi adventure about a futuristic society dominated by an immersive virtual reality game. The film brought Guyett additional bids at the BAFTAs and Visual Effects Society Awards. He previously competed for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004), “Star Trek” (2009), “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

Paul Lambert (Best Visual Effects, “First Man”): After winning the Best Visual Effects Oscar on his first nomination last year for “Blade Runner 2049” (2017), Lambert returns with this historical drama about Neil Armstrong‘s historic moon landing. He won Best Supporting Visual Effects at the VES Awards and was also nominated at the BAFTAs for the film. (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

Yorgos Mavropsaridis (Best Film Editing, “The Favourite”): Yorgos Lanthimos‘s frequent editor earned his first Oscar nomination for this offbeat period piece about a frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and the two women (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) fighting for her affections. He won an ACE Eddie Award for his work, and he also competed at the BAFTAs and Critics’ Choice Awards. (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

PREDICT the Oscar winners now; change them until February 24

Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on February 24.

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