Monday, February 9, 2015

And the Oscar goes to...

Magnus Wrenninge. Well, it's a technical Oscar, and not a competitive Oscar. So Wrenninge isn't going to receive one of those traditional statuettes that we think of when we think of the Oscars; instead he'll be getting a plaque. The plaques aren't going to be given out on the televised portion of the ceremony, since the Academy thinks people care more about hearing the crappy songs that have been nominated than about technical aspects of moviemaking. Gotta keep the show from running more than 87 hours, after all.

The link above contains a button to play the streaming audio of an interview with Wrenninge, which runs to about nine minut4es. Wrenninge discusses his career and the achievement which earned him the Oscar, a library of digital effects to be used in the special effects portions of movies. Streaming audio doesn't want to play nicely with my browser, however, so I don't know if that link actually works for other people. The interview aired as part of this past Friday's (Feb. 6) English-language half-hour program, and that's available for download here, a download of about 27 MB. Radio Sweden keeps its audio archives available for download for 30 days, so you've got about four weeks left to download it if you want to hear the interview and the rest of what was going on in Sweden this past Friday.

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