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Oscar Predictions 2014 - The minor categories

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2013 was filled with critically-acclaimed movies, which have led to an incomparable list of Academy Award nominees. Exquisite films covering a variety of subjects and styles, 2013 was a remarkable year for film.

The following is a list of predictions of the winners of the minor categories to be announced at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014.

ANIMATED FEATURE:

Frozen (The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, The Wind Rises)

“Frozen” appears to be a clear winner, but “The Wind Rises” is Hayao Miyazaki’s last film before retirement, which could earn a sentimental vote (plus, his work is amazing).

CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Gravity (The Grandmaster, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Prisoners)

Two of the greatest living cinematographers (my heroes) haven’t won an Oscar, but Emmanuel Lubezki should finally earn one for his out-of-this-world, enthralling work in “Gravity.” Poor Roger Deakins has no chance for his creepy display in “Prisoners.”

COSTUME DESIGN:

American Hustle (The Grandmaster, The Great Gatsby, The Invisible Woman, 12 Years a Slave)

“American Hustle” captures a time period so clearly while aptly distinguishing the characters’ personalities. And the style is so much fun.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

The Square (The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, 20 Feet from Stardom)

“The Square” should win for its detailed documentation spanning months of revolution in Egypt’s Tahrir Square.

FILM EDITING:

Gravity (American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave)

Another technical achievement award for “Gravity?”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

The Hunt (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty, The Missing Picture, Omar)

“The Hunt” has been popular with critics and regular audiences, though “The Great Beauty” is more of a critics’ film.

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

Dallas Buyers Club (Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Lone Ranger)

As awesome as Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze look in the film, nobody wants to give “Jackass” an Oscar.

MUSIC (SCORE):

Gravity (The Book Thief, Her, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks)

“Gravity” relies so heavily on the musical score, much like previous winner “The Artist.”

MUSIC (SONG):

“Let It Go,” Frozen (“Happy,” Despicable Me 2; “The Moon Song,” Her; “Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Everybody loves “Let It Go,” and Idina Menzel will be performing at the Oscars.

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

The Great Gatsby (American Hustle, Gravity, Her, 12 Years a Slave)

One cannot ignore the grand sets and details in “The Great Gatsby.”

SOUND EDITING:

Gravity (All Is Lost, Captain Phillips, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Lone Survivor)

SOUND MIXING:

Gravity (Captain Phillips, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor)

VISUAL EFFECTS:

Gravity (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness)

Even an epically cool dragon cannot face the awe felt from “Gravity.”

I refrain from guessing on the short films categories.