September 22, 2014

2013 Oscar Preview: Part Two

Bet you didn’t think either—much less both—Snow White movies would get Oscar nods, did you?

Makeup and Hairstyling

Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables

Will Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Should Win: Les Miserables

Your guess is as good as mine. No one makeup job here really stands out over another, and it’s usually the obvious choice that wins. Most of the Rings films have won this awards in the past.

Part of the reason Les Mis worked for me is that when people looked like they were sick and dying (which is a lot) they sounded like they were sick and dying (Linda Holmes brings up this point in her take on the flick, in here somewhere). Well, the first part of that is to look like you’re sick and dying.

Costume Design

Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Will Win: Anna Karenina
Should Win: Les Miserables

When in doubt, go with frilly and period.

Don’t feel strongly about this one, but the costumes in Les Mis worked for me.

Production Design

Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln

Will Win: Anna Karenina
Should Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Interestingly, perhaps only to me, this used to be called Art Direction. Period usually has an advantage here and the production design on Anna is supposed to be outstanding. That having been said, consider Les Mis a serious spoiler. Oddsmakers favor it, but I’m giving Anna the edge because it won the Art Directors Guild Award.

I had my issues with Hobbit, most of them having to do with 48fps projection, but the production design was not one of them. Wins it on the caves alone. Which might have been mostly CG, come to think of it.

Music (Original Score)

Anna Karenina
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall 

Will Win: Life of Pi
Should Win: Skyfall

Life of Pi, Lincoln, and Skyfall are all reasonable contenders here and have taken some kudos thus far. Just going with Life of Pi because oddsmakers favor it, but, honestly, anything could happen here.

I don’t remember the scores from any of these except, obviously, the main theme from Skyfall, but should that even be eligible?

Music (Original Song)

“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
“Skyfall” from Skyfall gg, cc
“Suddenly” from Les Miserables

Will Win: “Skyfall”
Should Win: “Skyfall”

A Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Award, and everybody loves Adele and, honestly, have you even heard of any of these other songs? I haven’t even heard of one of the movies nominated.

It’s no “A View to a Kill” (what is?) but “Skyfall” brings us back to the heady days of Shirley Bassey, when a Bond theme was a motherfuckin’ Bond theme.

Foreign Language Film

Amour
Kon-Tiki
No
A Royal Affair
War Witch

Will Win: Amour
Should Win: Amour

You have to be really careful with this category. When a nominee becomes too obvious, nominated for a bunch of other awards, like Amelie or Bituiful in the past, it can be easy to be deceived into thinking it’s a lock for Best Foreign when, in fact, it’s not. That having been said, it’s already won BAFTA, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and 12 critics circle awards so, after a point, you just sort of have to be okay with that.

I think The Raid: Redemption is the only foreign film I saw last year, so I’m going to assume the popular opinion is correct.

Next: Mmmmm, Pi.

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