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Wednesday
May072014

First Round Oscar Predix Continue: Sound & Visual FX

The Oscar chart construction must continue. Maleficent was asking and you don't want to keep her waiting. 

Visuals Chart - In Progress. More Categories To Come
You'll find early predictions for Visual F/X and the always confounding Makeup & Hair category. For Visual F/X I'd love to push Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes higher up the charts but I'm still trying to wrap my head around Oscar's complete disinterest in a) superhero movies that don't feature a man in a batsuit -- and that wouldn't confound me at all if they didn't have such deep abiding love for the Transformers franchise of all things which is surely less reputable than Marvel movies --  and b) Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) which won hugely favorable reviews and surprised virtually everyone in its year and seemed like a likely finalist in several Oscar categories but only ended up a VFX nominee. Will Oscar turn its nose up at those damn dirty apes and their stinking paws on round two (which is really round eight)?

Sound Chart - In Progress. More Categories To Come.
I'm very willing, nay, desperate to hear your thoughts on which films might have Original Songs. I'm super curious about Sound Mixing this year as well in that it's a category that loves blockbusters, musicals, potential Best Picture nominees, and films involving lots of water and there are quite a few films that fit at least one of those categories this year. Regarding music movies or traditional musicals: by my count it's quite a robust year iin that there are at least five on the way from obvious contenders like Into the Woods and Get On Up to less prestigious or smaller players like Annie, Begin Again, and The Last Five Years

As for Best Song, also added to the chart, Bret McKenzie won an Oscar for his last go round with The Muppets (we interviewed him). I think he's less likely to get nominated this year now that the novelty has worn off but if he is the Celine Dion/Miss Piggy ballad "Something So Right" seems most likely but my favorite song in the movie is the delightful nonsense of  "I'll Get You Want You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)"

If the new song doesn't sound out of place within its classic song score, it seems unlikely sight unseen sound unheard that any song other than the new Stephen Sondheim / Meryl Streep Into the Woods collaboration (previously squealed over) need show up on the big night. 

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Oh, I would LOVE it if Oscar remembers The Grand Budapest Hotel in the Hair and Makeup category. Just wonderful, vivid character work on everyone in that enormous ensemble.

I know you're doing sound and not music, but seeing Into the Woods listed reminded me to ask-- are they doing that inevitable transparent grab for a nomination by adding a new song? I suppose it's a safe bet, but I hadn't heard it confirmed.

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

I thought the Academy did nominate Rise of the Planet of the Apes for Visual Effects, it just didn't win. I would replace Guardians of the Galaxy with Dawn in your predictions.

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterConrado

Conrado - you're right. I had a brain aneuryism or something so I've adjusted the text.

May 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

We already know that "The Lego Movie" and "Muppets Most Wanted" both have contenders in, "Everything Is Awesome," and "Something So Right" respectively. We know that A\"Annie" will contain at least one original song and it seems fair to assume that "Into The Woods" might have one also. Animated films often have songs, so "Big Hero 6", "How to Train Your Dragon 2," and "Paddington" might be solid contenders also.

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterConMan

Don't forget Jersey Boys in the sound categories. Not just a musical, but a Clint Eastwood musical - right up the AMPAS alley. I think a character even talks about mixing the sound in the trailer.

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJonny

Margaret: Too bad that doesn't really extend to the character scripting, outside of Fiennes. It shows that Wes is a master of his aesthetic, but the thing only stops to take a breath twice. Once at the beginning, once at the end. In between? Supercaliplotalisticexpializition, even though when you pace like that it is bound to cause exhaustion.

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

The surf band The Blank Tapes who have a cameo filmed for Inherent Vice maybe contributing an original song or two.

May 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

It'll never happen, but I love Tegan & Sara's song from ENDLESS LOVE ("Don't Find Another Love"). It would be a kick if the original song category was all musicals, wouldn't it? My favourite song from RIO 2 was "Beautiful Creatures", and is integrated into the film better than the Monae.

For what it's worth, the Muppets actually have a really good track record in this category. Even the less famous films. I'd love for "Something So Right" to be nominated - it was my favourite of the tunes, as well as "We're Doing a Sequel" and "I'll Give You Want You Want".

May 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

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