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by Peter Knegt
February 20, 2013 12:33 PM
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For Your Consideration: Final Oscar Predictions In Each and Every Category

Best Production Design: We get another three way race in this category -- this time between the theatrical sets of "Anna Karenina" and "Les Misersables," and the extensive CGI of "Life of Pi." Given the Academy has gone way of more computer-generated imagery as of late (and in general are clearly bigger fans of the film than the other two), we'll say "Pi."

Will win: "Life of Pi"
Could win: "Les Miserables" or "Anna Karenina"
Should win: "Anna Karenina"

"Anna Karenina." Focus
Best Costume Design: While it has a decent shot in production design, this is the only award that is truly "Anna Karenina"'s to lose. But a posthumous win for Eiko Ishioka and her work on "Mirror Mirror" is quite possible, as is throwing another bone to "Les Miserables."

Will win: "Anna Karenina"
Could win: "Les Miserables" or "Mirror Mirror"
Should win: "Anna Karenina"

Best Sound Mixing: This looks like a showdown between James Bond and "Les Mis." We give the slight edge to the latter, though hope the former might win anyway and give Greg P. Russell his first Oscar after 16 nominations.

Will win: "Les Miserables"
Could win: "Skyfall"
Should win: "Skyfall"

Best Sound Editing: This seems like the most possible place for the Academy to reward "Zero Dark Thirty," but it faces tough competition rom both "Skyfall" and "Life of Pi," the latter of which we're betting on to take this as part of its near-sweep of the technical categories.

Will win: "Life of Pi"
Could win: "Zero Dark Thirty" or "Skyfall"
Should win: "Zero Dark Thirty"

8 Comments

  • jean vigo | February 24, 2013 2:45 PMReply

    "Django" looks like the original screenplay winner. (For me, it would be "Zero Dark Thirty" - just for the sheer work involved in research and spinning such stuff based on true events into something so dramatically effective - no easy feat for a writer).

    But, "Django" does straddle that line between "original" and pastiche. Let's be pragmatic. It is a much more obvious "homage" to other references. Every film is to some degree, but QT borrows very visibly.

    There needs to be a a separate category for his work - and I mean it in a good way. He IS the best "sampling/mash-up/hip-hop artist" of the film world.

  • Jason | February 21, 2013 5:14 PMReply

    As a movie website, I really thought you guys would know what you're talking about.

  • Meredith Fraser | February 20, 2013 2:53 PMReply

    WOW, this is literally the first set of predictions in the top 8 categories (pic, director, actress, supp. actress, actor, supp. actor, orig. screenplay, adapted screenplay) that I AGREE WITH COMPLETELY—your will wins and possible spoilers, yes, and SHOULD WINS especially! And I'm a slave to the Oscar race predictions. The only one I'm not sure about is Robert De Niro—I think (and hope) TLJ will edge him out, but it's really a toss of a coin, they're so close. But Hoffman deserves it, dammit!

    But overall, BRAVO, this article was a blast to read, and for your Oscar prediction cred and mine, I hope you're/we're right!!! (Still, all your "Should Wins" lining up with mine is what made this article so awesome and weirdly gratifying to know I'm not alone with my opinions. I nevvvvver post on message boards like this, btw, so the fact that I'm posting at all is a huge compliment to you!) Anyway, THANK YOU.
    -mcf

  • teri | February 20, 2013 1:53 PMReply

    LOL@your article and predix. Always with journos who knows everything, the personal commentary and "should win"'s without backing it up with anything impartial, which btw, in this case, I'm grateful for, makes me laugh and laugh.

  • Edward Copeland | February 20, 2013 5:34 PM

    An opinion as to who should win by definition can't be impartial. This isn't an article reporting a news event. It's the subjective take on the state of the race and what they think deserves the prize. It's more akin to criticism than journalism and criticism always is a subjective opinion. If it were just an objective recitation of facts, it'd be a plot summary.

  • Edward Copeland | February 20, 2013 1:42 PMReply

    Amy Adams should win? Really? I'm a fan of the actress, but I thought The Master gave her very little to do and this year supporting actress was the weakest category to fill with nominees. Look at the Spirits -- two of their nominees (Ann Dowd, Rosemarie DeWitt) are in no way supporting. Dowd is in practically every scene of Compliance from first frame to last and DeWitt, Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass all share about equal screentime in Your Sister's Sister. Honestly, I'm surprised there wasn't a bigger push behind the really strong and truly supporting performance of Jennifer Ehle in Zero Dark Thirty.

  • name | February 20, 2013 12:48 PMReply

    Riva yes, PLEASE!

  • Marcus Dunn | February 20, 2013 12:40 PMReply

    Team Megan Ellison (The Master and Zero Dark Thirty) !