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2014 Oscar predictions: Technical Awards

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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 seeking to win the little golden man on Sunday night.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”

Even though there was great and extensive make-up work displayed in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” and “The Lone Ranger,” the Academy is going to go with “Dallas Buyers Club” because Oscar-caliber films like “Les Miserables” and “The Iron Lady” have won in this category in the last two years.

Who Will Win: “Dallas Buyers Club”
Who Could/Should Win: “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”

Best Sound Mixing
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Lone Survivor”

Best Sound Editing
“All is Lost”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Lone Survivor”

Coming off its recent win at this year’s Cinema Audio Society, “Gravity” is the frontrunner to win in this category. It is highly unlikely, but if there is going to be a surprise winner, then it’s going to be “Captain Phillips” possibly winning Best Sound Editing.

Sound Editing and Sound Mixing
Who Will/Should Win: “Gravity”
Who Could Win: “Captain Phillips”

Best Visual Effects
“Gravity”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Iron Man 3”
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”

If you are going to be on a sure thing, you can bet that “Gravity” will nab the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The competition is good (even though the Academy chose to ignore the terrific visual effects in “Pacific Rim”), there is no question that Alfonso Cuaron’s film deserves to win.

Who Will/Should Win: “Gravity”
Who Could Win: “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Best Production Design
“American Hustle”
“Gravity”
The Great Gatsby
“Her”
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Costume Design
“American Hustle”
“The Grandmaster”
“The Great Gatsby”
“The Invisible Woman”
“12 Years a Slave”

Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” won in these categories at the BAFTAs and history is likely to repeat itself on Sunday night. However, the movie face stiff competition with “Gravity” and “Her” in the production design category and “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” in the costume design category. It is likely that “Gatsby” will walk away with the Oscar for production design. It is a little more difficult in the costume design field because the Academy could go for the gaudy 70s clothes for “American Hustle,” which would somewhat makeup for the Academy not nominating the film for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It is also doesn’t help that “12 Years a Slave” won the Costume Designers Guild Award. Despite this, my bet is that “The Great Gatsby” will nab the Oscars in both categories.

Production Design
Who Will Win: “The Great Gatsby”
Who Could/Should Win: “Her

Costume Design
Who Will/Should Win: “The Great Gatsby”
Who Could Win: “American Hustle”

Best Cinematography
“The Grandmaster”
“Gravity”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“Prisoners”

After being five times for an Oscar, it looks like Emmanuel Lubzeki will finally win an Oscar for his tremendous work on “Gravity.” Unfortunately, that means Roger Deakins will lose again after coming close last year with “Skyfall.” Deakins is destined to become “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” unless he works on a film that could be considered a game-changer in the industry.

Who Will/Should Win: “Gravity”
Who Could Win: “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Best Film Editing
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“12 Years a Slave”

There was a time where I though Cuaron was going to win two Oscars on Sunday night – one for directing and one for film editing. It doesn’t look like that is the case anymore with “Captain Phillips” editor Christopher Rousse winning the American Cinema Editors award (aka A.C.E. Eddie) in the drama category over Curaron and his “Gravity” editing team. Rousse is no stranger to Oscar as he won in the same category five years ago for another Paul Greengrass movie, “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Another A.C.E. Eddie winner is the “American Hustle” editing, which means they could take prize too since nine out the last ten A.C.E. winners have gone on to win the Oscar. This doesn’t mean that “Gravity” is left in the dust in this tight race as they could pull off enough momentum to grabbed the Academy Award at the last minute.

Who Will Win: “Captain Phillips
Who Could Win: “American Hustle”
Who Should Win: “Gravity”

Tune in tomorrow for the second-to-last installment of my Oscar prediction as we move on to the screenplay categories, along with the documentary and animated feature categories.

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