GRAVITY

Sunday night brings the Oscars, which means we’re finally almost done with this whole Oscar race thing. So let’s have fun and prediction who will win. Why not, right?

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • CaveDigger, Jeffrey Karoff
  • Facing Fear, Jason Cohen
  • Karama Has No Walls, Sara Ishaq
  • The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, Edgar Barens

Best Animated Short Film

  • Feral, Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
  • Get a Horse!, Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
  • Mr. Hublot, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
  • Possessions, Shuhei Morita
  • Room on the Broom, Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me), Esteban Crespo
  • Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything), Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
  • Helium, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
  • Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?), Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
  • The Voorman Problem, Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

 

Predictions: You’re on your own here. These categories are the hardest to get a hold on.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen Prouty
  • The Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

 

Predictions: Okay, it’s a two picture race between Dallas and Jackass. The academy will give an Oscar to the make up effects in Norbit, so there are good odds on it going to Bad Grandpa, but  since there’s now a story, we’d bet on Dallas Buyers Club. But we’d prefer Bad Grandpa to win.

Best Sound Editing

  • All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
  • Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney
  • Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent Burge
  • Lone Survivor, Wylie Stateman

Best Sound Mixing

  • Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
  • Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
  • Lone Survivor, Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Best Visual Effects

  • Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
  • Iron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
  • Star Trek Into Darkness, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Predictions: Gravity wins as many tech awards as possible, because it’s both respected and a stunning achievement.

Best Production Design

  • American Hustle, Judy Becker (Production Design) and Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)
  • Gravity, Andy Nicholson (Production Design) and Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
  • The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design) and Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
  • Her, K.K. Barrett (Production Design) and Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
  • 12 Years a Slave, Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) and Alice Baker (Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design

  • American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson
  • The Grandmaster, William Chang Suk Ping
  • The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
  • The Invisible Woman, Michael O’Connor
  • 12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris

Predictions: Though The Great Gatsby could upset in either category, American Hustle is going to win some awards, and these seem likely, and as it’s a peroid film with very noticeable costumes and locations, best often goes to most.

 

 

 

Best Cinematography

  • The Grandmaster, Philippe Le Sourd
  • Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners, Roger A. Deakins

Best Film Editing

  • American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
  • Captain Phillips, Christopher Rouse
  • Dallas Buyers Club, John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
  • Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
  • 12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker

 

Predictions: We’d go Gravity here for both. That said, if American Hustle wins editing, it’s going to win best picture.

Best Original Score

  • The Book Thief, John Williams
  • Gravity, Steven Price
  • Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • Philomena, Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman

 Predictions: Feel the Gravity-mentum! Or just feel Gravity, we guess.

Best Original Song

  • “Alone Yet Not Alone,” Alone Yet Not Alone, music by Bruce Broughton and lyric by Dennis Spiegel
  • “Happy,” Despicable Me 2, music and lyric by Pharrell Williams
  • “Let It Go,” Frozen, music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “The Moon Song,” Her, music by Karen O; lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
  • “Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen and lyric by Paul Hewson

Best Animated Feature Film

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest and Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises

Predictions: Frozen is loved, it should win two

Best Documentary Feature

  • The Act of Killing
  • Cutie and the Boxer
  • Dirty Wars
  • The Square
  • 20 Feet From Stardom

Predictions: It seems a race between 20 Feet and The Act of Killing. We favor Act, but this seems like a close one.

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
  • The Great Beauty (Italy)
  • The Hunt (Denmark)
  • The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
  • Omar (Palestine)

Predictions: It looks like The Great Beauty could take it.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Before Midnight, written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke
  • Captain Phillips, screenplay by Billy Ray
  • Philomena, screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • 12 Years a Slave, screenplay by John Ridley
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, screenplay by Terence Winter

Predictions: If nothing else, 12 Years will win this one.

Best Original Screenplay

  • American Hustle, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine, written by Woody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
  • Her, written by Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska, written by Bob Nelson

Predictions: It all depends on how much momentum American Hustle has lost, but Her seems the safest bet.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
  • Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Predictions: Leto has been a lock since this started.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska

Predictions: Nyong’o is the odds on favorite, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Jennifer Lawrence sneaks in and wins for a second time.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Amy Adams, American Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Predictions: Not even the recent Woody Allen scandal is enough to shake Cate Blanchett out of winning this one. but if Lawrence wins, we could also see Amy Adams on stage. We wouldn’t bet that way, though.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Predictions: McConaughey is having a great year, and great comeback, and it’s a more exciting and sexy pick that Chiwetel, so…

Best Director

  • David O. Russell, American Hustle
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
  • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
  • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Predictions: Cuarón, Cuarón, Cuarón

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Predictions: It’s a toss up year, though Gravity is moving into our favored position. It has more love from non-actors, and Hustle‘s luster seems faded. Hustle is still in contention, and then there’s the importance of 12 Years a Slave. So we’ll go Gravity.

What are your Oscar Predictions?