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February 18, 2012 5:53 PM
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2012 Oscar Predictions: The Technical and Artistic Categories

Dujardin & Bejo in "The Artist"
Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 84th Academy Award winners through February 26th, when the winners are announced.

Technical and artistic category predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

Art Direction
"The Artist" Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
"Hugo" Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Midnight in Paris" Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
"War Horse" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

The Predicted Winner: Hugo
The Potential Spoiler: The Artist

"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
"Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski

The Predicted Winner: Hugo
The Potential Spoiler: The Artist

Costume Design
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
"The Artist" Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips

The Predicted Winner: Jane Eyre
The Potential Spoiler: The Artist

Film Editing
"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen

The Predicted Winner: The Artist
The Potential Spoiler:  Hugo

"Albert Nobbs" Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
"The Iron Lady" Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

The Predicted Winner: The Iron Lady
The Potential Spoiler: Harry Potter

Music (Original Score)
"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
"The Artist" Lud
ovic Bource
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams

The Predicted Winner: The Artist
The Potential Spoiler: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Music (Original Song)
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

The Predicted Winner: "Man or Muppet"
The Potential Spoiler: Hmm.. So many options.

Sound Editing
"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

The Predicted Winner: Hugo
The Potential Spoiler: War Horse

Sound Mixing
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
"Hugo" Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
"Moneyball" Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
"War Horse" Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

The Predicted Winner: Hugo
The Potential Spoiler: War Horse

Visual Effects
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
"Hugo" Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
"Real Steel" Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

The Predicted Winner: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Potential Spoiler: Harry Potter


  • Haylee | February 26, 2012 10:24 PMReply

    Sorry but I don't think War Horse is getting any credit whatsoever. Sure it had its cheesy moments, but the cinematography was incredible. The storyline as well was thought provoking and something that really sticks with you, horse lover or not. I've seen list of the movies and War Horse jumped out at me as one of the most deserving. Not sire if it OS going to win best picture but it definitly deserves this award and others!

  • Roxanne I. | February 26, 2012 9:49 PMReply

    ...and the winner is Tree of Life!

  • Walt | February 25, 2012 2:41 PMReply

    Are you kidding me...for Cinematography, it has to be Tree of Life if there is any justice. This film may have been as boring as possible for about 90% of the time but it sure was beautiful to look at.

  • JennyTulwortz | February 25, 2012 12:50 PMReply

    I just love The Artist

  • Miguel | February 24, 2012 7:17 PMReply

    Alberto Iglesias will pick the prize for best original score. It´s amazing! Good luck, Alberto!

  • John | February 24, 2012 4:09 PMReply

    Transformers Dark of the Moon should win sound mixing, sound editing, and visual effects, it blows away all the other nominees, there is no contest when it comes to transformers, but i bet it won't win any, because it's a Michael Bay film, the academy is nothing but a bunch of biased bastards

  • Joseph Miller | February 24, 2012 9:34 PM

    The Academy can be biased i'll give you that... but you have to take into account that sound editing and sound mixing is not just about how good it sounds, it's about how affective the sound can be. Watch "Drive" and You'll know what I'm talking about.

  • Rod | February 23, 2012 1:44 PMReply

    I wrote a long thing about this years nominees for best score, but it said that is was spam so there you go!!!

  • Brady | February 23, 2012 1:54 AMReply

    Lubezki better win for cinematography or I'm gonna be pissed

  • Jamie | February 25, 2012 8:59 AM

    15 minutes into tree of life I said I'm not watching the rest of the oscars if lubezki doesn't win...that's not true I'll still watch, but that's what I'll feel like doing.

  • Don | February 20, 2012 12:52 PMReply

    Look to the Guilds. ASC says it is the Tree of Life, not Hugo.
    But you knew that.

  • Chad | February 19, 2012 8:25 PMReply

    I really hope Dragon Tattoo wins something, though I doubt it will.

  • Common Sense | February 19, 2012 2:57 PMReply

    It makes me sick to think that The Tree of Life might not win Cinematography. It deserves it the most in my opinion.

  • Tyler | February 19, 2012 12:00 AMReply

    Man or Muppet should absolutely win best original song, and "The Muppets" should win Best Picture b/c the films were weak this year.

  • asid | February 17, 2012 5:26 AMReply

    Best supporting actor.

    Nick Nolte/Warrior

  • spark | February 14, 2012 12:36 PMReply

    My picks:

    Cinematography: The Tree of Life.
    Costume Design: The Artist.
    Film Editing: The Artist.
    Make Up: The Iron Lady.
    Music: The Artist.
    Song: The Muppets.
    Sound Editing: Transformers.
    Sound Mixing: Transformers.
    Special Effects: Harry Potter.

  • Michael Davenport | February 11, 2012 8:43 AMReply

    the score for 'The Artist' is right up there (in my opinion) with 'The Kings Speech' 'There Will Be Blood' and 'Inception' incredible!

  • Jon | February 8, 2012 2:44 PMReply

    These are the technical categories, so why is everyone judging the nominations based on the quality of the film?

  • movie2187 | February 1, 2012 3:45 PMReply

    New Best Costume Design- Jane Eyre, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life, Hugo, Drive

  • movie2187 | February 1, 2012 3:41 PMReply

    Best Costume Desgn- Jane Eyre, The Help, The Tree of Life, Drive, Hugo

  • movie2187 | February 1, 2012 3:34 PMReply

    art direction- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hugo, War Horse, The Artist, Super 8

  • movie2187 | February 1, 2012 3:24 PMReply

    Best Cinematography- The Tree of Life, Hugo, Drive, The Artist, The Adventures of Tintin (if Avatar can win this category, Tintin deserves nomination)

  • movie2187 | February 1, 2012 3:22 PMReply

    Best Visual Effects--- Rise of the Planet of the apes, Tree of Life, Hugo, POTC:On Stranger Tides, Harry Potter (DH2)

  • movie2187 | February 1, 2012 3:11 PMReply

    best editing this year.... The Tree of Life, Drive, Contagion, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Source Code

  • kapn | January 28, 2012 1:17 AMReply

    bullshit, as excellent a film composer as Howard Shore is, there is no way in the world that The Artist should not win Best Score. Anyone with ears the diameter of a cue tip can hear the difference between the two.

  • Dadsad2 | January 26, 2012 11:27 PMReply

    I really don't know why Tree of Life isn't predicted for Best Cinematography. Even people who hated that movie (such as myself), as well as those in some respective art field, will agree that that is something which was done extremely well.

  • dadsad | January 26, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Whoever doesn't vote for The Tree of Life for best cinematography should get kicked out of the Academy.

  • Zach | January 25, 2012 3:29 PMReply

    There are plenty of Harry Potter d*** riders on this site. Go watch some real cinema.

  • Nemanya | January 24, 2012 3:35 AMReply

    What the hell? Transformers doesn't even deserve nominations in technical categories.

  • QRO | January 23, 2012 7:32 PMReply


  • Suriel | January 23, 2012 4:40 PMReply

    I'm sorry, but Harry Potter deserves nominations AND WINS in all of these awards, except, of course, best original song. It would be ok if it does not get nominated for costume design, but it deserves recognition in all the others. And, again i'm sorry, but whoever wrote the predictions for original music did not see HP7 part 2. That was an AMAZING score.

  • All of you harry pottheads | February 10, 2012 9:55 PM

    you are a moron! I'm sick of these harry pottheads having a one track mind and refusing to see the art in film not the disgusting filthy disgrace that is harry potter! I'm so freaking happy that the bore fests are done! now the twilights need to STOP!

  • Yngve Horvei | January 23, 2012 3:21 PMReply

    If they think everything good about Harry Potter is visual effects and make up, they are terribly wrong!

  • MrCinematic | January 23, 2012 3:03 PMReply

    wait, can't "The Artist" not win best original score because parts of its score was from other movies. A similar thing happened to "Black Swan" last year for using one song that was not original

  • Jamie | February 25, 2012 9:06 AM

    It's a very interesting point, I remember that whole black swan debacle. Someone else feels the same:

  • R.M | January 22, 2012 1:32 AMReply

    Best Original Score should go to Tintin.
    And Harry Potter Deserves to win some Oscars after such a wonderful, and powerful series turnout. Such complex, beautiful and layered films. Such Great powerhouse performances-Alan Rickman !!!

  • Harry Potter needs to win. it is legend. | January 21, 2012 11:57 PMReply


  • imwatchinu | January 21, 2012 9:15 AMReply

    I agree with all of the NO. 1's above

  • BOO | January 20, 2012 7:57 PMReply

    Hugo has everything except sound. It got all technical noms at the BAFTAs including sound. WHY IS THE ARTIST GETTING SOUND! THERE WAS ALMOST NO SOUND

  • David | February 8, 2012 7:05 PM

    What the hell are you talking about? The artist is not even nominated in sound categories.

  • Nakemm | January 19, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    Warrior. Best film. best supporting actor. hands down. I can't believe Warrior isn't getting attention for being the amazing film it is. I'm so pissed at the Academy for this one.

  • David | January 19, 2012 12:18 PMReply

    "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is too good not to get some technical nominations. Art Direction, Cinematography, Costumes, etc. It's an amazing re-creation of 19th century England!

  • BOO | January 17, 2012 9:19 PMReply

    I don't understand. Can someone explain how The Artist is getting sound nominations?

  • Michael Davenport | February 10, 2012 9:59 PM

    first, it's not in the sound category. second, Sound is more than talking actually talking has nothing to do with it, it's the music, and the scene with the cups and girls laughing (in 'The Artist')

  • Marcos | February 8, 2012 7:07 PM

    Dafuq? The artist isn't nominated in sound categories...

  • David | January 27, 2012 10:58 AM

    You obviously haven't seen the film, or at least don't understand the sound category.

  • Paido | January 17, 2012 6:34 PMReply

    You are all idiots, non of you has even mention Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, SHAME ON YOU!

  • Masson | January 20, 2012 11:08 AM

    I agree with you Paido TTSS was the best movie all around that I've seen in years. LOL you illustrate Paido's point about idiots very nicely.

  • lol_04 | January 19, 2012 3:22 PM

    Only geeks like film like tinker tailor or king's speech. I went to cinema to be entertained not to watch 'direct to video' type of film

  • Wendy | January 17, 2012 10:01 AMReply

    Best and amazing make-up is in Iron Lady.

  • Fun Stuff | January 20, 2012 7:01 AM

    Tinker Tailor is a good film, But I can see why it was not so well received. I had a chance to see the original recently and that was a far superior production.

  • Jb | January 17, 2012 7:33 AMReply

    W.E. should get at least 4 nominations,
    best suporting actress, best original song, best original score, best costume design!
    BUT, as the movie director is Madonna, nothing of this will be possible!

  • Ike | January 16, 2012 1:28 PMReply

    Best Makeup: J. EDGAR.

  • jaxguy | January 16, 2012 8:22 AMReply

    Midnight in Paris will get some technical nominations. I think 5 or 6 noms total.

  • Jay | January 16, 2012 5:38 AMReply

    My vote? Imaginary Friends from the movie "Olive".

  • The JET | January 15, 2012 7:39 PMReply

    Pictures in my Head for the win! That song packed so much emotion with a dash of humor. A modern Muppets classic.

  • Steph | January 15, 2012 5:56 PMReply

    OMG!!! harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2 is such a good movie!!!! in my not so humble opinion that movie should be predicted to be nominated for way more awards!!! they need to win and be honored!!!! i mean this is the highest grossing movie of all time people! its the end of the world wide phenomenon!!!

  • David | February 8, 2012 7:12 PM

    This is stupid, the nomination Harry Potter got, is what it deserved, more would be TOO MUCH for that film.

  • Matt | January 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    I agree with Mike. Just because a film is a blockbuster doesn't make it a good film. However Harry Potter does deserve a few nomnations and even a couple wins. Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Original Score, Supporting Actor - Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Supporting Actress - Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter

  • Matt | January 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    I agree with Mike. Just because a film is a blockbuster doesn't make it a good film. However Harry Potter does deserve a few nomnations and even a couple wins. Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Original Score, Supporting Actor - Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Supporting Actress - Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter

  • Matt | January 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    I agree with Mike. Just because a film is a blockbuster doesn't make it a good film. However Harry Potter does deserve a few nomnations and even a couple wins. Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Original Score, Supporting Actor - Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Supporting Actress - Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter

  • Matt | January 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    I agree with Mike. Just because a film is a blockbuster doesn't make it a good film. However Harry Potter does deserve a few nomnations and even a couple wins. Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Original Score, Supporting Actor - Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Supporting Actress - Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter

  • Mike | January 18, 2012 7:10 PM

    Avatar is the highest grossing of all-time followed by Titanic. Phenomena don't deserve to be nominated, quality does.

  • Alan | January 12, 2012 2:04 PMReply

    In my opinion(and keep in mind im a huge NIN fan) there is no way girl with the dragon tattoo wont win the award for original score....i mean....ive listened to the social networks soundtrack alot...and to be frank.....i think girl with the dragon tattoo blows it out of the water. just the feel the girl with the dragon tattoo gives cant be described. its like a movie within a movie. If this score is better than one that won last year then i believe it should clear as day be the winner.

  • Jeremy | January 23, 2012 10:35 PM

    I'd be very saddened if it did, TGWTDT's does pretty poor when it comes to film scores. It feels muddled, unmemorable, and doesn't do anything for the film. I have no idea how Tron, or How to Train Your Dragon lost to The Social Network, but I'll probably give up all hope as a musician and composer if The Artist doesn't get best score this year.

  • jason | January 10, 2012 6:35 AMReply

    about foreign movie: where do we go now ? Declaration of War, in darkness are the best movie in this year .deserve to Oscar.why didn't nominated for golden globe ,did they see ithem?it was a big mistake .hey shouldn't choice for policy .

  • gatotsu911 | January 10, 2012 4:58 AMReply

    Personally I'd say Best Cinematography is a tossup between Tree of Life and War Horse, and much as I loved War Horse my money's on Tree of Life. For editing, Tree of Life or Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; for original score, definitely Dragon Tattoo; for visual effects, either Rise of the Planet of the Apes or Super 8, though I haven't seen Hugo.

  • harukaxlove | January 9, 2012 10:26 PMReply

    I'm liking that Best Sound Editing, Mixing, and Best Visual Effects all included "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." It was [in my opinion] an amazing movie to watch, hear, and experience [twice.]
    Hoping it wins (even if unlikely) in one category.

  • bob | January 8, 2012 5:17 PMReply

    Movies are visual literature, an opportunity for people to experience something singly or communially.

    ...... the oscars were invented to promote films as a business.

    You want something more fair and impartial...........................then perhaps try Rotten Tomatoes .

    Do you go with the critics or anyone?

    Like wine. If you like it........Great. Even if its red wine with chicken.

  • Jason | January 7, 2012 11:10 AMReply

    The Artist? Really? This awards show is a joke. Enough with the artsy fartsy crap, the box office tells the real story as to what good "movies" are and the money they make is the best reward they can get.

  • Josh | January 14, 2012 1:21 PM

    I think Titanic's win was the combination of crtical and commercial success. And to be fair, it's a pretty good movie. But if we always based awards off box office Transformers 3 and Pirates 4 would be winning. And both are terrible movies.

  • Maxwell | January 12, 2012 6:20 AM

    ...which is why Titanic made all the money for being so utterly fantastic while a stupid thoughtless piece of junk like L.A. Confidential barely made a dent. Either Jason is trolling or he's just completely demented.

    I think The Oscars recovered nicely when they gave a little war film the big award over Avatar. I'm always in the mood for a nice, worthy surprise.

  • Laura | January 8, 2012 2:40 PM

    Don't me wrong, sometiems I don't like the artsy ones either. But if you think office office=quality, you're severly messed up. According to you, Transformers is one of the best movies of the year.

  • Atiya Spence | January 6, 2012 10:43 PMReply

    How in the hell is Captain America nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects?. There's nothing great about it. Enough said.

  • Zach | January 25, 2012 3:28 PM

    The visual effects nom for Captain America was less about explosions and animated robots and more about making six foot, 180+ lbs Chris Evans a scrawny 5' 6" boy.

  • Mike Davenport | January 7, 2012 7:55 PM

    Are you on Crack? the effects in Captain America were incredible!

  • ABSIDD | January 6, 2012 7:21 PMReply

    It's not Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. It's Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Jess know before you write.

  • Ranger | January 20, 2012 5:37 PM

    @Tuck: Sorry, I don't think that's stupid and tedious. Know the name of the damn film.

  • Tuck | January 9, 2012 7:59 PM

    Don't make stupid, tedious comments correcting people. Half the comments the I read are a$$holes pointing out grammar mistakes. Get over it.

  • Tess | January 6, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    how is Hanna not predicted for any of the nominations!? it was probably my favorite movie of the year and the soundtrack my the chemical brothers definitely needs some recognition. The music suited the whole feel of the movie so well. Hanna needs to be on this list somewhere.

  • Andrea | January 6, 2012 2:52 PMReply

    No way ! Alan Rickman pleeeease !

  • sarah | January 6, 2012 11:36 AMReply

    worst predictions for score i have ever seen. how can reznor and atticus win last year and not even make it in the top five this year???? the social networks score was amazing, but i have to admit dragon tatto is up there. it at least deserves a nom if not a win. the music went with the movie perfectly, and really set the dark erie tone for the movie. great job reznor and atticus.

  • Celene | January 16, 2012 2:33 AM

    I'm very sorry to burst your not so great bubble but i was in total shock and completely mad when this piece of crap won over Alexandre Desplat's, The King Speech or, to make matters even worse, Inception. I couldn't imagine ANY nominees in that category better deserving than Hans Zimmer! This was just regarding your comment on the Social Network...Girl in the Dragon Tattoo does deserve a nomination.. >.<

  • sarah | January 11, 2012 12:31 PM

    ok rod. your obviously a fucking idiot. the social network soundtrack doesnt have any vuvuzelas. wtf are you talking about. you cant even talk? are you american?

  • Rod | January 8, 2012 11:23 PM

    Amazing?? Not in any way of life imaginable is The Social Network "amazing!" I've been relistening to all my inventory and man that soundtrack is crap on the ears. The beginning song with vuvuzelas made me feel like a bee at the World Cup. There's other songs that pinch your eardrums with the high pitched squeels. It's completely repetative and feels like Trent had some boredom times hanging around the computer with non-lyrical beats he didn't use when he was a musician. I would rather listen to night on bald mountain from the Saturday Night Fever Sdtk. and never listen to that one again!