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87th Oscars. The Oscar Contenders of 2014 - For prediction, discussion and entertainment purposes only. This is not a endorsement of quality work, especially since no one has seen the pictures yet!

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Best Costume Design
Grand Budapest Hotel 
Milena Canonero
(9 noms / 4 wins)
WINNER 
Inherent Vice
Mark Bridges
(2 noms / 1 win)
Into the Woods
Colleen Atwood
(11 noms / 3 wins)
Mr Turner
Jacqueline Durran
(4 noms / 1 win)
Maleficent
Anna B Sheppard
3 nominations

Oscar can be stuffy about stylized work but few did it better than Canonero and from the hotel staff to the filthy rich baddies, this is memorably designed 

Though Oscar doesn't generally go for films from this time period now that they've finally noticed Bridges (who won for The Artist) they're there for him again

Oscar loves few things more than Atwood's whimsical designs for Burton's gothic tales or other such genre trips. A collection of fairy tale icons thrilled them.

 Winning all sorts of raves at Cannes, the only true precedent in Leigh's filmography is Topsy Turvy (1999) which Oscar loved in this category. Durran is really something.

Most of her career has been World War II focused so this reinterpretation of iconic Disney costumes must been a dream detour

Left Out / Should Win / Will Win

Omissions: Selma - Ruth Carter (2 noms), Birdman -Albert Wolsky (7 noms | 2 wins), Guardians of the Galaxy - Alexandra Byrne (4 noms / 1 win) The Homesman - Lahly Poore (never nominated) Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part One - Kurt & Bart (never nominated) The Immigrant - Patricia Norris (6 nominations) , Snowpiercer Catherine George (never nominated), Noah - Michael Wilkinson (1 nomination), Big Eyes (Colleen Atwood), Unbroken - Louise Frogley, The Imitation Game (Sammy Sheldon), Theory of Everything (Steven Noble)

 


Best Cinematography
Birdman
Emmanuel Lubezki
(6 noms | 2 wins)
WINNER 
Grand Budapest Hotel
Robert Yeoman
1st nomination!
Ida
Ryszard Lenczewksi & Lukasz Zal
1st nomination!
Mr Turner
Dick Pope
(1 nomination)
Unbroken
Roger Deakins
(11 nominations)
 Lubezki finally won last year for Gravity. Can the reigning champ win back to back gold? Wes's favorite contributors are finally being acknowledged. And all at once.   Fantastic work. Pope makes a film about art into one of its subjects paintings.

This legendary DP is still waiting for his Oscar win

Left Out / Will Win / Should Win

Omissions: Bradford Young was the most high profile missing. The young DP superstar lensed both A Most Violent Year and Selma this year.

 

 

Best Production Design
Grand Budapest Hotel
Adam Stockhausen
2 noms | 1 win

WINNER 
The Imitation Game 
Marja Durjovic
1st nomination!
Interstellar
Nathan Crowley
3 nominations
Into the Woods
Dennis Gassner
4 noms / 1 win
Mr Turner
Suzie Davis 
1st nomination!
The first time they've ever honored a Wes Anderson film in this category which is the most ridiculous stat ever, you must agree. Stockhausen was nominated last year for 12 years a Slave. What range! Despite work like Billy Elliott, The Hours and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy this is her first nomination. She did make the spaces memorable   Desolate food-starved earth? Spaceships, unfamiliar unforgiving terrains. Crowley is a favorite for Oscar Gassner is one of the greatest production designers alive but this is the type of film that gets nominated even if it's not everything

Mr Turner is eye candy and those work rooms and galleries are really something

Left Out / Should Win / Will Win

Omissions: Birdman -Kevin Thompson (never nominated), Selma or Noah - Mark Friedberg , Foxcatcher - Jess Gonchor (1 nomination), Unbroken - Jon Hutman (never nominated), Gone Girl - Donald Graham Burt (1 nom / 1 win)

 

Best Film Editing
American Sniper
Joel Cox (3 noms and 1 win) & Gary Roach
1st nomination!
Boyhood
Sandra Adair
1st nomination!
Grand Budapest Hotel
Barney Pilling
1st nomination!
The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg
(5 noms | 1 win)

Whiplash
Tom Cross
1st nom & win
WINNER 

War scenes and crosscutting They appreciated that 12 year commitment They liked its madcap speed and elegance They liked its trifurcated structure and metronome urgency

The editing definitely contributes to its energy, well sustained

Omissions / Should / Will Win


omissions: Birdman, Wild, Unbroken, Gone Girl

 

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
WINNER
X-Men: Days of Future Past
They ignored the first Captain. But this film is better and the effects more impressive. They responded
The most technologically impressive. Will that be enough for the win? The film is strangely underdiscussed given the rapture that greeted it on release
The year's second biggest hit. The talking tree and aggressive raccoon surely did it. 

Chris Nolan always facttors into this category. 

The first nomination for this series. Let's blame it on Blink (awesome) and that slo-mo Quicksilver scene (funny)

 

 

Best MakeUp and Hair

Foxcatcher
Grand Budapest Hotel
WINNER 

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

fake noses - Oscar loves 'em! ancient Tilda, tattooed jailbirds, and more if the crazy love transfers to AMPAS from the public this is where it scores outside of Visual FX