October 25, 2014

2013 Oscar Preview: Part One

The most half-assed of my many half-assed predictions this year will come in these notoriously hard to predict categories…

Short Film (Animated)

Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman

Will Win: Paperman
Should Win:
Paperman

I once again had the pleasure of watching all of the Oscar-nominated animated shorts with Dr. Wife (this time for Valentine’s Day) and while they were all good (Longest Daycare was the funniest The Simpsons has been in years), this one is clearly sweeter and more endearing than the rest. Not saying that’s what the Academy always values, but it’s kind of hard to ignore in this case.

Funnily, all of the shorts this year are silent (well, no dialogue, anyway) and so the visual storytelling on display is bar none. But in the end Paperman displays a confident visual style and economy of storytelling that just makes it stand out for me (although Daycare is a close second).

Short Film (Live Action)

Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
Henry

Will Win: Curfew
Should Win:
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

Oddsmakers favor Curfew, and it’s got a hooky premise.

Death of a Shadow just looks badass.

Documentary Short Subject

Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption

Will Win: Open Heart
Should Win:
Kings Point

Just going with the oddsmakers again because I have no idea.

I don’t know, I just like the scale of the project in Kings Point.

Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Will Win: Searching for Sugar Man
Should Win:
The Invisible War

A BAFTA and Critic’s Choice win on top of six critics circle wins make this a pretty easy pick.

Haven’t seen Searching, to be fair, but Invisible War is quite simply necessary viewing.

Sound Editing

Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Will Win: Skyfall
Should Win:
 Argo

First off, this is a completely unpredictable category. Oddsmakers like Zero Dark Thirty, but I don’t because it’s the one film here not nominated by the guild actually devoted to sound editing for their annual awards. Next best odds are for Skyfall.

Not sure if this falls under Sound Editing or Sound Mixing, but the way in which period music is heard in Argo is consistent with the stereo systems available at the time. In other words, it doesn’t sound pristine. It sounds like it’s coming out of a late 70′s/early 80′s hi-fi system, and I think that’s a brilliant touch.

Sound Mixing

Argo
Les Miserablesx
Life of Pi
Lincolnx
Skyfallx

Will Win: Les Miserables
Should Win:
Les Miserables

The whole point of Les Mis, from a singing standpoint, is that the actors were recorded live. This award is all about the live recording.

That experiment did not work for everyone. It totally worked for me.

Next: Anna Kareninapalooza

Comments

  1. Tim says:

    I thought that Sound Editing was about recording the sounds (or in the case of many sci-fi/fantasy films, inventing them), and Sound Mixing was the post-production process of determining the appropriate levels for all the sound elements and putting them together.

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