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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 - Predictions as of Sept 25th
Into the Woods
Colleen Atwood
(10 noms / 3 wins)
Grand Budapest Hotel 
Milena Canonero
(8 noms / 3 wins)
Mr Turner
Jacqueline Durran
(3 noms / 1 win)
Selma
Ruth E Carter
(2 nominations)
Fury
Anna B Sheppard
(2 noms)
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 should thrill them. Witches, wolves, and Prince Charmings oh my 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   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. And Durran is really something in general  We haven't seen much visual evidence of the film yet but if it's a seriously well regarded the civil rights drama could attack on several fronts including this one.

Just when you think Sheppard has finally escaped WW II films once and for all (Maleficent) they go and pull her back in for more battle.

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Big Eyes
Colleen Atwood
(10 noms | 3 wins)
Theory of Everything
Steven Noble
(never nominated)
Birdman
Albert Wolsky
(7 nominations | 2 wins)
Inherent Vice
Mark Bridges
(1 nom | 1 win)
Maleficent
Anna B Sheppard
(2 noms)
 Going more restrained than usual for this biopic, a double nod might be hard to pull off. And surely they'll notice Into the Woods firstt This fast rising designer is going to score sooner or later. Lovely period work lately. Certainly the bird suit will draw attention and Wolsky is a legend. But will it be enough to offset Oscar's traditional wariness about contemporary costumes? The clothes look fun from early stills but this era isn't Oscar's favorite. We'll see. Will AMPAS appreciate her take and variations on that famous horned cloak or will they prefer to stay historical and gritty? She's got an option for them their too.
Tier 3 - This branch sometimes really thinks for themselves so...
Here are 12 more possibilites


Unbroken -Louise Frogley (never nominated) | Exodus: Gods & Kings -Janty Yates (1 nomination) | Get On Up - Sharen Davis (2 nominations) | Guardians of the Galaxy - Alexandra Byrne (4 noms / 1 win) | The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Ann Maskrey and Bob Buck (never nominated) | The Homesman - Lahly Poore (never nominated) | Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part One - Kurt & Bart (never nominated) | The Imitation Game - Sammy Sheldon (never nominated) | The Immigrant - Patricia Norris (6 nominations) | Inherent Vice -Mark Bridges (1 nom / 1 win) | Noah - Michael Wilkinson (1 nomination) | Snowpiercer Catherine George (never nominated)

2015 ?
Suffragette (Jane Petrie) | Carol (Sandy Powell) | Macbeth (Fiona Crombie) | Far from the Madding Crowd - Janet Patterson (4 nominations) | Jupiter Ascending - Kym Barrett (never nominated) | A Little Chaos -Joan Bergin (never nominated) | Queen of the Desert - Michele Clapton (never nominated) | Serena (unknown) | The Water Diviner - Tess Schofield (never nominated) | Grace of Monaco (Gigi Le Plage) | Suite Française - Michael O'Connor (3 noms / 1 win) | Miss Julie - Consolata Boyle (1 nomination)


Best Cinematography - Predictions as of September 25th
Birdman
Emmanuel Lubezki
(6 noms | 1 win)
Interstellar
Hoyt Van Hoytema
(never nominated)
Unbroken
Roger Deakins
(11 nominations)
Selma
Bradford Young
(never nominated)
Wild
Yves Bélanger (never nominated)
 Lubezki finally won last year for Gravity. Can the reigning champ be back again? Gravity aside, Lubezki has a habit of elevating the films he works on considerably. Birdman is in good hands...  Hoytema is a quick rising star DP but this is the first time that Nolan's gone without Wally Pfister. this 'wow' Oscar visually. The trailer look unusually "simple", relatively, when it comes to Nolan visuals This legendary DP is still waiting for his Oscar win though he's already cemented his name in history and been hugely influential from both his films and the studio consulting.  This right here is my *WISHFUL THINKING* pick which I am allowed this early. Young is an extraordinarily gifted DP but he's been working on such small films so focused on the black experience in America that he needs a major spotlight... like this one?

Beautiful shots of nature. and great use of natural light throughout on Cheryl's outdoor trek.

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Mr Turner
Dick Pope
(1 nomination)
Theory of Everything
Benôite Delhomme
(never nominated)
 Big Eyes
Bruno Delbonnel
(4 nominations)
Gone Girl
Jeff Cronenwerth
(2 nominations)
Into the Woods
Dion Beebe
(2 noms / 1 win)
The reviews almost uniformly single Pope out for making a film about art look so artful. A nomination would sure be sweet acknowledgement of his long humble collaboration with Leigh. Oscar sometimes loves purposefully handsome golden glossy biopics. And this is Delhomme's best shot yet at a nomination AMPAS voters are really into his heavily processed and dinstinct colo palettes. But will Big Eyes get enough favorable attention? Fincher movies invariably look sensationally stylish and handsome. If it's a Best Picture threat, expect it to fight for a place here.  It's the battle of the dark enchanted forests and fairy lights. Oscar loved Beebe's first collaboration with Rob Marshall (Chicago). Will their third musical hit the right notes? But will Into the Wods look fresh enough with so many other dark heavily computer augmented fairy tales of late. And might Oscar want to honor Maleficent somewhere?

Tier 3 - With so many fine DPs working. Here are 15 more possibilities... (if there are no stats listed they do not have an Oscar history as of yet)

Ida -Ryszard Lenczewksi & Lukasz Zal (never nominated) | Maleficent - Deam Semler (1 nomination) | Exodus: Gods & Kings -Darius Wolski (never nominated) | Foxcatcher Grieg Frasier (never nominated) | Godzilla -Seamus McGarvey (2 noms) | Fury - Roman Vasyanov |Grand Budapest Hotel - Robert Yeoman | The Imitation Game - Oscar Faura | The Immigrant - Darius Khondji (1 nomination) | Inherent Vice - Robert Elswit (2 noms / 1 win) | A Most Violent Year - Bradford Young | Noah - Matthew Libatique (1 nomination) |Snowpiercer -Hong Kyung-Pyo | Theory of Everything -Benôite Delhomme | Tracks - Mandy Walker | The Homesman - Rodrigo Prieto (1 nom) |

2014 of 2015 ???
release dates are murky
Carol
- Edward Lachmann | Dark Places - Barry Ackroyd (1 nom) | A Little Chaos- Ellen Kuras (1 nomination... not in this category) | Far from the Madding Crowd - Charlotte Brus Christense | Grace of Monaco - Eric Gautier |Pawn Sacrifice - Bradford Young | Queen of the Desert - Peter Zeitlinger | The Search - Guillaume Schiffman (1 nomination) | The Water Diviner - Andrew Lesnie (1 nom / 1 win) | Miss Julie - Mikhail Krichman | Suite Francaise - Eduaord Grau |

 

Best Production Design - Predictions as of Sept 25th
Into the Woods
Dennis Gassner
(4 noms / 1 win)
The Imitation Game 
Marja Durjovic
(never nominated)
Grand Budapest Hotel
Adam Stockhausen
(1 nomination)
Interstellar
Nathan Crowley
(2 nominations) 
Big Eyes
Rick Heinrichs
(3 noms / 1 win)  
Gassner is one of the greatest production designers alive. Just ask several A list directors. But can he keep this on the safe side of fanciful without being tacky? Not that Oscar necessarily hates tacky.  They surely can't keep ignoring the designer of Billy Elliott, The Hours and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy can they? She'll need love for the film to help her along.    We already know this one is worthy. Will Oscar choose to believe so? They've yet to honor a Wes Anderson film in this way. I know, right?  Will this food-starved earth and the spaceships offer enough opportunity for him to shine? 

 Heinrichs has been an off and on collaborator with Burton for some time. It all depends on whether they like the flim and whether this artist biopic gives Heinrichs enough visual detours to design

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Dan Hennah
(5 noms / 1 win)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
James Chinlund (never nominated)
Noah
Mark Friedberg
(never nominated)
Maleficent
Dylan Cole & Gary Freeman
(never nominated)
The Homesman
Merideth Boswell
(2 nominations)
Are they done with Middle Earth or...  ? Aside from visual effects this seems like the most likely area for a strong shot / big push It sure looks distinct and maybe they'll love the ark? It's a blight on this category that Friedberg's never been nominated. Oscar has, for whatever reason, a strong preference for CGI fantasies in this category so you never know Will they go for this Western? This seems to be its best shot outside acting.
Tier 3 - With so many fine designers working here are other options they may well look at...

Fury -Andrew Menzies (never nominated) | Exodus: Gods & Kings - Arthur Max (2 nominations) | Birdman -Kevin Thompson (never nominated) | Foxcatcher - Jess Gonchor (1 nomination) | Get On Up - Mark Ricker (never nominated) | Godzilla - Owen Paterson (never nominated) | Gone Girl - Donald Graham Burt (1 nom / 1 win) | Guardians of the Galaxy - Charles Wood (never nominated) | The Immigrant - Happy Massee (never nominated) | Inherent Vice - David Crank (never nonminated) | A Most Violent Year - John P Goldsmith (never nominated) | Mr Turner - Suzie Davies (never nominated) |Snowpiercer -Ondrej Nekvasil | Theory of Everything - John Paul Kelly (never nominated) | Unbroken - Jon Hutman (never nominated) |

2014 or 2015???
Carol
- Judy Becker (1 nomination) | Far from the Madding Crowd - Kave Quinn (never nominated) | Grace of Monaco - Dan Weil (never nominated) | Jupiter Ascending - Hugh Bateup | A Little Chaos -James Merifield (never nominated) |Queen of the Desert - Ulrich Bergfelder (never nominated) | The Water Diviner - Chris Kennedy (never nominated) Miss Julie - Caroline Amies (never nominated) | Suite Française - Michael Carlin (1 nomination) |

 

Best Film Editing - Predictions as of September 25th
The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg
(4 noms | 1 win)
Interstellar
Lee Smith
(2 nominations)
Fury
Dody Dorn
(1 nomination)
Gone Girl
Kirk Baxter
(3 noms | 2 wins)
Boyhood
Sandra Adair
(never nominated)
       

 

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Unbroken
Tim Squyres
(2 nominations)
Grand Budapest Hotel
Barney Pilling
(never nominated)
Birdman
Douglas Crise
(1 nomination)
Foxcatcher
Stuart Levy & Conor O'Neill
(never nominated)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
William Hoy & Stan Salfas
(never nominated)
         
Tier 3 - Other Options They Could Look At...


Big Eyes - Joseph C Bond IV (never nominated) | Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Jeffrey Ford & Matthew Schmidt (never nominated) | Exodus: Gods & Kings - unknown | Godzilla - Bob Ducsay (never nominated) | Guardians of the Galaxy - Fred Raskin (never nominated) & Hughes Winborne (1 nom | 1 win) | Inherent Vice- Leslie Jones (1 nomination) | Into the Woods - Wyatt Smith (never nominated) |A Most Violent Year - Ron Patane (never nominated) | Nightcrawler - John Gilroy (never nominated) | Noah - Andrew Weisblum (1 nomination) | Mr Turner - Jon Gregory (never nominated) | Selma -Spencer Averick (never nominated) | Snowpiercer - Steve M Choe & Changju Kim (never nominated) | Theory of Everything - Jinx Godfrey (never nominated) | Wild (unknown)

2014 or 2015???
Carol - unknown | Dark Places - Billy Fox (never nominated) | Far from the Madding Crowd - Claire Simpson (2 noms / 1 win) | Mojave - John David Allen (never nominated) | Pawn Sacrifice - unknown | Queen of the Desert - Joe Bini (never nominated) | The Search - Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius (1 nomination in this category) | True Story -Nicolas de Toth (never nominated) | The Water Diviner - Matt Villa (never nominated) | Suite Francaise - Chris Dickens (1 nom / 1 win)

 

Best Visual Effects - Predictions as of September 25th
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Godzilla
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
This surely can't miss given the reviews and that they're not actually going to honor Andy Serkis for motion capture work which is also an "effect"
The classy sober sheen this umpteenth Godzilla film is taking should help it earn respect
room for one Marvel Heroes film, and assuming "Most" still equals "Best" this edges out the earthbound Captain America

It's not wise to vote again Chris Nolan features in the blockbuster categories like this one.

This series has never missed a nomination in this category but fatigue could be setting in (the Academy abandons all franchises at some point)
Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Maleficent
Noah
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Lucy
Transformers films always get a least one Oscar nod, but it's safer over in sound If they want to honor its huge success. There are effects all over the place If the film finds a second wind as an Oscar contender late in the year, it wouldn't be impossible. But it's a longshot They ignored the first Captain. But this film is better and the effects more impressive. We shall see. If they're feeling nutso.
Tier 3 - Who else might be considered in the bake-offs?

Edge of Tomorrow | Exodus: Gods & Kings | Under the Skin
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 | Into the Woods | Lucy |
The Maze Runner | Sin City 2 | Snowpiercer | X-Men Days of Future Past

 

Best MakeUp and Hair - Predictions as of September 25th
And we have to wonder aloud why this is the only category left with 3 instead of 5 nominees when literally all live action films require makeup & hair... which is more than can be said for Original Song or Visual Effects

Guardians of the Galaxy
Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods

 

if the crazy love transfers to AMPAS from the public this is where it scores outside of Visual FX ancient Tilda, tattooed jailbirds, and more the witch transformation and possibly the Wolf if he's not CG
Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Foxcatcher
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Maleficent
Theory of Everything
Unbroken
fake noses - Oscar loves 'em again? or sit this one out? pointy cheeks, spock ears, and that skintone Old age makeup! Sunburns ravages of war, etcetera
Tier 3 - Might these films qualify at the bakeoffs?

Unbroken | Exodus: Gods & Kings | Big Eyes | Fury | Get On Up |
The Homesman | Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 | Inherent Vice
Jersey Boys | Mr Turner | Noah | Sin City 2 | Snowpiercer
X-Men Days of Future Past...

And obviously MALEFICENT could well rule here but as I said on Twitter...