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Question: A follow-up from a previous question: OK, Best Costume is an Oscar category. However, would the "Costume Designer" for Shrek 2 be eligible to win - given that they didn't design any real costumes, just parts of the animated 3D models?

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Chosen answer: Probably not. As stated in the rules (see below), there must be a costume designer who is recognized as such by other costume designers. The Shrek artists are not likely to be considered costume designers. From the official Oscar rules at www.oscar.org: "To be eligible for the Costume Design Award, the costumes for the picture must have been conceived by a costume designer. It is the intention of this rule to recognize the designing of costumes for their special use in motion pictures. Eligibility shall be determined by the costume designer members of the Art Directors Branch present at a meeting called specifically for that purpose prior to the mailing of nominations ballots."

Myridon

Question: What is the name of the song that plays at the beginning of the movie at the funeral when the girl gives William a flower?

Chosen answer: It's called "A Gift of a Thistle" and it's on the soundtrack conducted by James Horner. Incidentally, the tune is a recurring theme throughout the film's music, and appears in several other songs on the soundtrack as well. Also in relation to the song, the flower was a thistle.

Krista

Question: OK I'm gonna be dumb and ask, what on earth is Franck's nationality and accent?

Chosen answer: Martin short once claimed in an interview that Franck is just a combination of several different nationalities that he combined for the character. Like Bronson Pinchot in Beverly Hills Cop, part of the humour is not knowing where he came from.

Gavin Jackson

Question: Was the song "Perfect Day" written for this film, or did it exist previously?

Moose Premium member

Chosen answer: "Perfect Day" was originally on Lou Reed's album "Transformer" released in 1972.

Myridon

Question: How is David able to make Michael see the Maggots and Worms in the Chinese food, considering Michael hasn't yet drunk his blood at this point?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Many legends give the vampire certain rather hypnotic abilities - this is presumably along the same lines.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is Michael Myers' curse, and why does it involve him killing his relatives?

Chosen answer: I read the movie tie in book after the first Halloween came out. As I remember it, a boy with a crippled leg was in love with his own sister. During the Samhain (harvest end/halloween) festival, he killed his sister and her soon to be husband with a knife. The tribe tore him apart, and the chieftain cursed his soul to forever repeat his crime forever, etc. The book or following books in the series described Michael Myers' grandfather or great-grandfather losing his mind at a dance and killing a dancing couple. Every other generation or so the soul takes over a decendant, leaving enough people alive to continue the curse.

New this week Answer: The other answer is based on a novel and not on the film itself. According to this film (and the alternative Producer's Cut), the curse of Thorn is an ancient druid curse that must be fulfilled - a chosen one is picked from every "tribe", and made into an almost superhuman figure. This chosen one will then be forever compelled to sacrifice and kill-off his or her own family on the night of Samhain (aka, Halloween night) every year until the curse is either stopped or passed onto another.

TedStixon

Question: How was Sati able to create the sunrise/set at the end?

Chosen answer: Sati is the "daughter" of two other programs, so it would make sense she was a program herself. Maybe she was created to supervise the sunset. Or she was just using her influence as a program in the matrix to create the sunset.

Question: In the end, if it wasn't Becks, then was that Posh, or one of her doubles?

Chosen answer: They were both doubles.

jennie87

Question: At one point, Mr Potato head takes his various parts off and deliberately puts them back in the wrong spots. He then turns to the other toys and says "Look, Picasso". What did he mean by that?

Chosen answer: Pablo Picasso was an artist famous for works with mixed perspectives and odd angles.

Phoenix

Question: While in John Doe's apartment Mills looks at something and says Victor's name. What was he looking at?

Chosen answer: It's actually Somerset who says it - he's looking at Victor's severed hand.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: The theme in the trailer is also in the Double Team trailer and various other trailer. What's the name of the theme?

Chosen answer: The trailers for Face/Off and Double Team don't seem to have any music in common - they must just sound rather similar. The most likely candidate for the theme you're referring to is "POW" by the Music Junkies, which has been used in trailers for four different films, including Face/Off.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Who is the guy that plays one of the Gondorian Soldiers by the Black Gate? I forgot the timecode, but there's a close-up of him right before Aragorn begins his speech.

Chosen answer: Who knows - he's just an extra.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is the song that always plays when Beatrix comes face to face with someone from the Deadly Vipers? Its the same music from both movies.

Chosen answer: It is called Ironside and is written by Quincy Jones.

don_corleone

Question: Is there a plot twist in this film, and if so, what is it?

Chosen answer: If you are really intersted in knowing the endings to movies, go to ruinedendings.com. The ending for this movie is on there, plus hundreds of other movies.

T Poston

Question: There are two actress' I can't place and I am sure I have seen them somewhere before. I am not sure of their characters names but one of them i assume is Zach's sister, with the brown hair who goes to Ashley's as she has a cute brother and the other one is the blonde girl who was one of the girls who told Laney that it'd be better for her art if she committed suicide. Can anyone tell me their names and what else they have been in?

Chosen answer: Zach's sister is Anna Paquin. She's been in tons of stuff like Almost Famous and she's the kid in The Piano, but she's mostly known as Rogue in the X-Men movies. The 'other one' is Clea DuVall who's been in 21 Grams and Girl, Interrupted. She was also the girl who disappears in a first season episode of Buffy. Stick the names into the IMDB to find out more.

umathegreatstationarybear

Question: Near the end when Sally is in the circle with Gilly, there is a series of flashbacks. There is a shot of a woman with curly shoulder length hair surrounded by white. Who is she? She's not their mother as she has long straight hair.

Chosen answer: She is the one from the opening sequence, their "great, great, great" grandmother who started the whole "curse" thing.

Bruce Minnick

Question: After seeing the directors cut (I haven't seen the theatrical) we know that Evans mother has two still births, could this be Evans brothers who have lived similar lives to Evan, made the same choices, come to the same conclusions, travelled back to the womb and killed themselves?

Chosen answer: Yes, it is in fact two brothers of Evan's. They travelled back and killed themselves the same way Evan did. This is explained in the Director's Cut DVD commentary by the writers.

LuMaria 1

Question: The imdb puts red dwarf as one of the Truman shows influences. Anyone have any idea how?

Chosen answer: It says "references" not "influences." This is probably a reference to the Red Dwarf episode, "Back to Reality", in which the crew are tricked into believing that their lives aboard Red Dwarf are all part of a computer game that they've been unknowingly playing. In addition, Lister in Red Dwarf harbors a fantasy of returning from spaceship travel to Earth to settle in Fiji. His knowledge of the real Fiji is as tenuous as Truman's.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: This is a strange question, but how does Rice pronounce her hero's name? In the movie I hear two pronunciations: one like the ending in "cat" and one that sounds more like the end of "what." Also, Lestat is French, so shouldn't the final "t" be silent?

Chosen answer: Rice pronounces it something like "Luh-stot", although even she wavers occasionally. Standard French convention would certainly suggest that the final 't' should be a silent one, but, as Lestat would be deeply insulted to be considered conventional, it's highly likely that he wouldn't choose to go along with that.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: In the scene where iceman makes an ice wall between wolverine and stryker i don't understand why he doesn't claw through it.

Chosen answer: Bobby could just reform the wall behind his slashes - it wouldn't do any good.

Tailkinker Premium member

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