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by Peter Knegt
December 18, 2013 9:47 AM
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For Your Consideration: New Oscar Predictions In The Wake of a Storm of December Precursors

Warner Bros. "The Great Gatsby"

Best Original Score:

Predicted Nominees (in alphabetical order):
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

John Williams, The Book Thief
Steven Price, Gravity
William Butler & Owen Pallett, Her
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks

The Spoiler Nominee: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Pretty Please: Mike Patton, The Place Beyond The Pines
Winner Prediction: Steven Price, Gravity

Best Original Song:
Predicted Nominees (in alphabetical order):
"Amen" (All Is Lost)
"Doby" (Anchorman 2)
"Let It Go" (Frozen)
"The Moon Song" (Her)
"Young and Beautiful" (The Great Gatsby)

The Spoiler Nominee: "Sweeter Than Fiction" (One Chance)
Pretty Please: "So You Know What It's Like" (Short Term 12)
Winner Prediction: "Let It Go" (Frozen)

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

Best Sound Mixing:
Predicted Nominees (in alphabetical order):
Captain Phillips
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

The Spoiler Nominee: All Is Lost
Winner Prediction: Gravity

Best Sound Editing:
Predicted Nominees (in alphabetical order):
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
Lone Survivor

The Spoiler Nominee: Pacific Rim
Winner Prediction: Gravity

Best Visual Effects:
Predicted Nominees (in alphabetical order):
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
World War Z

The Spoiler Nominee: Iron Man 3
Winner Prediction: Gravity

Best Makeup & Hairstyling:

Predicted Nominees (in alphabetical order):
American Hustle
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

The Spoiler Nominee: Dallas Buyers Club
Winner Prediction: The Lone Ranger

Peter Knegt is Indiewire's Senior Writer and awards columnist. Follow him on Twitter.

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  • cinemadude | December 20, 2013 12:22 PMReply

    Bruce Dern for Best Actor? Your drunk IW

  • sam | December 19, 2013 6:40 PMReply


  • | December 19, 2013 10:27 AMReply

    my neighbor's mother makes $64 an hour on the laptop. She has been laid off for nine months but last month her pay was $19252 just working on the laptop for a few hours. see here.....

  • Ashley | December 18, 2013 11:39 PMReply

    The academy is going to lose credibility if they ignore Adele's brilliant performance.

  • Ashley | December 18, 2013 11:38 PMReply

    The academy is going to lose credibility if they ignore Adèle's brilliant performance.

  • unsoo | December 18, 2013 5:42 PMReply

    Excuse me, Mr. Knegt, but did the predictions change within a few hours? I could've sworn "Cutie and the Boxer" was actually a predicted nominee of yours.

  • Yair Raveh | December 18, 2013 3:40 PMReply

    Hans Zimmer will win Best Score for 12 Years a Slave.

  • Reuben | December 18, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    I missed getting to see the movie, but if it's half as good as the series it's based on, Madoka would be my "pretty please" for animation.

  • | December 18, 2013 2:21 PMReply

    my buddy's mother-in-law makes $83/hour on the computer. She has been laid off for 7 months but last month her pay was $17954 just working on the computer for a few hours. read this.....

  • Jace Paul | December 18, 2013 2:11 PMReply

    Gravity vs. 12 Years a Slave? I find it a bit depressing that in the year 2013 a film with the dramatic weight and cultural significance of 12 Years is up against a film that's yet another variant of "ill-prepared and emotionally damaged white woman needs rescuing from a a level-headed and charming man." Gravity looks and sounds great, but in terms of content the plot is as vacant as the depths of space.

  • Raul | December 18, 2013 1:17 PMReply

    I think Brie Larson in "Short Term 12" is the spoiler nominee for actress. She has picked up quite a few critics' prizes. The only question is whether it has been widely seen by Academy members.

  • Claudia | December 18, 2013 12:37 PMReply

    *Trayvon Martin's murderer absolution

  • Claudia | December 18, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    It would be surprisingly encouraging if "Fruitvale Station", Forest Whitaker and Melonie Diaz got to be recognised, too. This year was marked by Trayvon Martin's absolution, the fact that young, poor and black Americans still are victims of great discrimination, and, Mandela's death (who had a great influence on U.E Americans). "12 Years", "The Butler", "Fruitvale Station" are different parts (and visions) of this - same - long American history, and from this movies we all had great performances and powerful stories. Art and socio-political issues have always walked side by side. In any case, it is wonderful to recognise more diversity. Nevertheless, this year at least 6/8 actors and actresses from minorities could be nominated among the Best Acting categories, and at least two in the Best Director, but, perhaps, the Academy, as many film critics, are still not ready to see such a large presence, unfortunately.

    P.s: I believe Matthew Mcconaughey will be the strongest in this year Best Actor category.

  • Joe H. | December 18, 2013 12:33 PMReply

    Daniel Bruhl and Tom Hanks both deserve a supporting nod mre than Barkhad Abdi.

  • Pedro | December 18, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    Cate Blanchett and Lupita all the way!

    But in Best Actress category, they must nominate Adele Exarchopoulos, she will bring a fresh air to the Oscars and her performance is miles better than Sandra Bullock's.


  • groucho | December 18, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    I hope these predictions are (mostly) right but a little predictable. I wish for some upsets in the nominations, like Adele Exarchopolous or Brie Larson or even Greta Gerwig in the Actress category. Or a Michael B. Jordan in the Actor category; Margo Martindale and Sally Hawkins in the Supporting Actress. From the predicted nominees, it is as though only 20 films were released in 2013. I hope the voters search for the truly illuminating if unheralded films to bestow the Academy honor. Like some love for "Museum Hours", "Ain't Them Bodies Saints", "In a World".

  • Miguel | December 18, 2013 10:45 AMReply

    You're missing Best Special Effects, which anyway, Gravity will win.

  • Miguel | December 18, 2013 10:45 AM

    *Visual Effects, sorry.

  • Charles | December 18, 2013 10:32 AMReply

    Looks like a good list/forecast. Nothing surprising, nothing egregious.