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2014 Oscar predictions: Music and Shorts

All roads lead to the gold on Sunday night as the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science present the 86th Academy Awards as some of Hollywood’s A-listers get their speeches ready for their impending win. For the second time in her career, Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the ceremony. This has been a great year in movies as some of the major categories are up in the air especially Best Picture with “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle” and “Gravity” all vying to win the top prize. This week, we will look at all the categories that are looking to win the little golden man.

Mickey Mouse tries to save Minnie Mouse from Peg-Leg Pete in Disney's latest animated short, "Get A Horse."
Walt Disney Pictures

*Unfortunately, I was unable to watch any of the nominees in the Best Documentary Short Subject. Despite that, some of the Oscar pundits are selecting “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Lift” to win in this category. The documentary short chronicles the life of Alice Herz Sommner, who was the most celebrated pianist in Central Europe and the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor. This past Sunday, Sommer passed away in London at the age of 110.

Best Live Action Short Film
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout (Just Before Losing Everything)”
“Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)”
“The Voorman Problem”

All of the nominees in this category come from different parts of the world whether it is France or Denmark. However, 7 of the last 10 winners in this category have been in English, which means “The Voorman Problem” from the United Kingdom is likely taking home the Oscar. The short stars Martin Freeman as a psychiatrist who has a patient (Tom Hollander) who believes that he is God. Even though this might be my pick to win, don’t count out the powerful and intense French short film, “Avant Que De Tout (Just Before Losing Everything).”

Who Will Win: “The Voorman Problem”
Who Could/Should Win: “Avant Que De Tout (Just Before Losing Everything)”

Best Animated Short Film
“Get a Horse”
“Mr. Hublot”
“Room on the Broom”

Even though “Mr. Hublot” might be the possible upset in this category, it has a slim-to-zero chance against Disney’s “Get A Horse,” which was paired with the soon-to-be winner of the Best Animated Feature category, “Frozen.” The animated short film features Mickey Mouse and his gang trying to save Minnie Mouse from Peg-Leg Pete. Not only is this a hilarious and original animated short, it is also the kind of short film that the Oscar voter will go for because how it pays tribute to vintage Mickey Mouse cartoons while giving it a modern twist.

Who Will/Should Win: “Get a Horse”
Who Could Win: “Mr. Hublot”

Best Original Song
“Happy” – “Despicable Me 2”
“Let It Go” – “Frozen”
“The Moon Song” – “Her”
“Ordinary Love” – “Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom”

Things took an interesting turn when “Alone Not Yet Alone,” a song and movie that nobody has ever heard about, was disqualified. This only leaves four nominees in this category instead of the usual five we come to expect. Karen O’s “The Moon Song,” Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and U2’s “Ordinary Love” are campaigning hard to win the Oscar, but Idina Menzel’s show-stopping musical number already garner enough momentum for its impeding win that it would be one of the biggest upsets of the night if it doesn’t win.

Who Will/Should Win: “Let It Go” – “Frozen”
Who Could Win: “The Moon Song” – “Her”

Best Original Score
“The Book Thief”
“Saving Mr. Banks”

It looks like “Gravity” is destined to win a ton of Oscars on Sunday night. Steven Price’s music for the film won the Critic Choice Award, but lost to Alex Ebert’s work on “All is Lost,” with the latter being snubbed. Even though it looks like Price is the frontrunner to win for the Best Original Score category, the Academy could be compelled to spread the love by giving the award to Owen Pallet’s and Will Butler’s tremendous score from “Her.” The Arcade Fire members have garnered a ton of critic awards in the last couple of months ago. Also, it wasn’t that long ago when current musicians like Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor won for his work with Atticus Ross on David Fincher’s masterpiece, “The Social Network.”

Who Will Win: “Gravity”
Who Could/Should Win: “Her”

Tune in tomorrow to see who I think will be walking away with the Oscar in technical categories like Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

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