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89th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2016 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

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SEPTEMBER 26th PREDICTIONS

COSTUME DESIGN


Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Florence Foster Jenkins
Consolata Boyle
(1 nomination)

 

One of the only traditional Oscar bait costume dramas (comedies) in the mix this year

 

Jackie
Madeline Fontaine
(never nominated)

She's best known for her stylish french films (Amelia, Yves Saint Laurent, etcetera) but this recreation of iconic 60s looks might wow the branch

La La Land
Mary Zophres (1 nomination)

While contemporary films are rarely nominated, might love for this picture convince them to honor its bold color choices and elegant style?

Rules Don't Apply
Albert Wolsky
(7 noms | 2 wins)

He's a costuming legend and he gets to do Old Hollywood here

Silence
Sandy Powell
(12 noms | 3 wins) 

If it's Powell, who Scorsese uses alot, it could be a shoo in. 17th Century Japan and Jesuit missionary garb

 

 

Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

Allied
Joanna Johnston
(1 nomination)

World War II marital espionage drama. Cotillard and Pitt look great in costumes

Fantastic Beasts and...
Colleen Atwood
(11 noms | 3 wins)

Atwood adds another fantasty franchise to her resume. Only the first Potter film was nominated in this category, though

Fences
Sharen Davis
(2 nominations)

Unless it's too lowkey for them.

The Founder
Daniel Orlandi 
(never nom'ed)

Fast food isn't exactly a glamourous topic but it is the 1950s so there'll be a lot of period costumes on extras and principles alike.

Loving
Erin Benach
(never nom'ed)

If the branch is impressed with its low key loveliness. Benach has been doing very fine work for a few years now

 

Tier 3 - Longer Shots?

Hail Caesar!
Mary Zophres
(1 nomination)

 

Darling and Suave and Swell  and every Old Hollywood adjective. Plus Tilda's hats! But will voters remember it?

The Legend of Tarzan
Ruth Myers
(2 nominations)

 

If they don't object to pants on Tarzan (wtf?) there's plentiful costumes from an era they enjoy

 

The Birth of a Nation
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
(never nom'ed)

Civil war era dramas are nominated in this category (12 Years, Lincoln Beloved  & Amistad) except when they're not (Django, Cold Mountain)

 

Light Between Oceans
Erin Benach
(never nom'ed)

While the clothes aren't showy, neither are the characters in this wrenching romantic drama


Love & Friendship
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
(never nom'ed)

Oscar does enjoy this period. Will they remember this delightful film at all?

Other Titles of Interest...
The Witch Linda Muir (never nominated) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Colleen Atwood (11 noms | 3 wins)The Handmaiden -Jo Sang-gyeong (never nominated) Captain Fantastic Courtney Hoffman (never nominated) Doctor Strange -Alexandra Byrne (4 noms | 1 win)Hidden Figures -Renee Ehrlich Kalfus (never nominated), Loving - Erin Benach (never nom'ed),Alice Through the Looking Glass (Colleen Atwood), La La Land (Mary Zophres - 1 nom), Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Joseph G Aulisi - never nom'ed), 20th Century Women (Jennifer Johnson), Assassin's Creed (Sammy Sheldon), Rogue One (David Crossman & Glyn Dillon), A Bigger Splash (Giulia Piersanti)
 

 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

La La Land
Linus Sandgren
(never nom'ed)

He's done fine work in the past but this should be showier.

Arrival
Bradford Young
(never nom'ed)

One of our Best DPs. Will Oscar notice him now that he's got a bigger budget film?

Silence
Rodrigo Prieto
(1 nom)

17th century Japan will give Prieto plenty of beauty to work with - and he's superb in the outdoors (see; Brokeback Mountain)

 

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
John Toll
(3 noms | 2 wins)

Toll was once an Oscar darling. Can he recapture it with a high frame rate?

Lion
Greig Fraser
(never nom'ed)

Australia and India should offer plenty of sun baked eye candy. Fraser is a wonder.

 

 
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

Nocturnal Animals
Seamus McGarvey
(2 noms)

A Single Man was not nominated. But will they go for the second Tom Ford visual feast?

Jackie
Stéphane Fontaine (never nominated)

This French DP also lensed Captain Fantastic and Elle this year. An amazing year for him.

Light Between Oceans
Adam Arkapaw
(never nom'ed)

Jawdroppingly gorgeous with romantic gestures baked in.

Hail Caesar
Roger Deakins
(13 nominations)

just lush with Old Hollywood beauty and Coen wit

Fantastic Beasts and...
Phillipe Rousselot
(3 noms | 1 win)

Once an Oscar darling. If they want to spend more time in this world...

 

Tier 3 - Longer Shots
The following films, of interest in cinematography though these are not endorsements, have already been released. The conscientous voter will "Consider" early and throughout the year.

Passengers
Rodrigo Prieto
(1 nom)

Another opportunity for Prieto. Oscar likes visual fx films in this category nowadays

A Bigger Splash
Yorick Le Saux
(never nom'ed)

Sumptuous and sensual - everyone looks amazing and sun kissed

Moonlight
James Laxton
(never nominated)

Oscar can be slow to recognize new talent but this film is remarkably beautiful

A Monster Calls 
Oscar Faura
(never nom'ed)

If they fall under its spell. He's shot some well liked movies as was ASC nominated for Imitation Game

The Witch
Jarin Blaschke
(never nom'ed)

Eerie and just right.

Other Titles of Interest
Hidden Figures (Mandy Walker (never nominated), Birth of a Nation - Elliot Davis (never nom'ed),  Rules Don't Apply (Caleb Deschanel - 5 nominations), Fences (Charlotte Bruus Christensen), The Girl on the Train (Charlotte Bruus Christensen), Loving (Adam Stone), Sully (Tom Stern - 1 nom), Allied (Don Burgess), The Founder (John Schwartzmann - 1 nom), Assassin's Creed (Adam Arkapaw), Rogue One (Greig Fraser), Miss Peregrine (Bruno Delbonnel - 4 noms),The BFG (Janusz kaminski 6 noms/2 wins),
 

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Silence
Dante Ferretti
(10 noms | 3 wins)

17th century Japan. And Ferretti is popular

Passengers
Guy Hendrix Dyas (1 nom)

Which sci-fi drama will have the most showy sets. This one or Story of Your Life?

Arrival
Patrice Vermette
(1 nom)

What kind of visual opportunities will this story afford.

Fantastic Beast and...
Stuart Craig
(10 noms | 3 wins)

They're kinda obsessed with Craig doing JK Rowling

 

Florence Foster Jenkins
Alan MacDonald
(never nom'ed)

fussy & flouncy like Florence

 

 
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

La La Land
David Wasco
(never nom'ed)

Will they embrace theatricality this year? Why do they keep resisting Wasco's awesome work?

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Mark Friedberg
(never nom'ed)

Why do they keep resisting Friedberg's awesome work?

Jackie
Jean Rabasse
(1 nomination)

They might like its claustrophic takes on the rooms surrounding the grieving First Lady

 

Fences
David Gropman
(2 noms)

50s era poor neighborhood in Pittsburgh

 

 

The Founder
Michael Corenblith
(2 noms)

Lots of opportunities to shine given the 50s restaurant recreations

 

 

Tier 3 - Longer Shots

A Monster Calls
Eugenio Caballero
(1 nom | 1 win)

He won the Oscar for Pan's Labyrinth

Hail, Caesar!
Jess Gonchor
(1 nom)

Typically strong and lavish work

Nocturnal Animals Shane Valentino (never nominated) Memorable grotty in the book within the movie, lux and jaded in the art world

Love & Friendship
Anna Rackard
(never nom'ed)

If they like those country estates and remember the film

The Witch
Craig Lathrop
(never nom'ed)

Eerie and well crafted

Other Ttitles of Interest
Snowden and High Rise (Mark Tildesley, never nominated)Captain Fantastic (Russell Barnes, never nominated), Rules Don't Apply (Jeannine Oppewall - 4 noms), Sully (James J Murakami, 1 nom), Allied (Gary Freeman), The Girl on the Train (Kevin Thompson), Assassin's Creed (Andy Nicholson - 1 nom), Captain Fantastic (Russell Barnes), The Legend of Tarzan (Stuart Craig -10 noms, 3 wins), A United Kingdom (Simon Bowles), Rogue One (Doug Chiang & Neil Lamont), Miss Peregrine's (Gavin Bocquet), Doctor Strange (Charles Wood), Alice Through Looking Glass (Dan Hennah 5 noms, 1 win), The BFG (Rick Carter, 4 noms, 2 wins), Loving (Chad Keith - never nominated) Birth of a Nation Geoffrey Kirkland (1 nomination), Hidden Figures (Wynn Thomas - never nominated),
         
         
 

 

FILM EDITING

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

La La Land
Tom Cross (1 nom | 1 win)
Arrival
Joe Walker (1 nom)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Tim Squyres (2 noms)
Passengers
Maryann Brandon
(1 nom)
Jackie
Sebastián Sepúlveda (never nominated
 
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong
Silence
Thelma Schoonmaker
(7 noms | 3 wins)
Birth of a Nation
Steve Rosenblum (3 noms)
Rogue One
Jabez Olssen
(never nom'ed)
Lion
Alexandre de Francheschi
(never nom'ed)
 Moonlight

Joi McMillion & Nat Sanders
(never nom'ed)

Tier 3 - Longer Shots?

Captain America: Civil War
Jeffrey Ford & Matthew Schmidt
(never nominated)

Action setpieces galore

 

Fences
Hughes Winborne
(1 nom | 1 win)

If the love the movie

The Girl on the Train Michael McCusker
(1 nom)

if it's a big hit

Loving
Julie Monroe
(never nominated)

if it's a best picture nominee

Manchester by the Sea Jennifer Lame (never nominated)

if it's a best picture contender

Other Titles of Interest

Allied (Jeremiah O'Driscoll), The Founder (Robert Frazen), Snowden (Alex Marquez & Lee Percy) Sully Blu Murray, Bleed for This (Zachary Stuart-Pontier), Hail Caesar ("Roderick Jaynes"), The Witch (Louise Ford), Captain Fantastic (Joseph Krings), Hidden Figures (Peter Teschner - never nom'ed), Nocturnal Animals (Joan Sobel - never nom'ed), Assassin's Creed - Christopher Tellefsen (1 nomination)

 

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars films score here

 

Jungle Book
 

those photorealistic animals

 

Passengers

Sci-fi with two popular stars (Pratt & Laurence)

Arrival

scifi

Doctor Strange

Inception inspired for some reason

 
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

Captain America: Civil War

 

supersized superhero mayhem

 

A Monster Calls

if they remember how much they loved Pan's Labyrinth

Fantastic Beasts and...

fantasy world they love... though not really in this category

Star Trek Beyond

perhaps

The Legend of Tarzan

animals again

 

 

Tier 3 - Other Titles. Witch films might survive the initial bake off?

Deadpool, A Monster Calls, Max Steel, Batman v Superman, Deadpool, Midnight Special, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Deepwater Horizon, The Huntsman Winters War, Assassin's Creed, The BFG, Suicide Squad, Ghostbusters, The Witch, Warcraft, Suicide Squad
 

 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Tier 1 - Predicted 3

   
  Florence Foster Jenkins Star Trek Beyond Silence  
 
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong
Jackie Deadpool Miss Peregrine Doctor Strange Allied

 

Tier 3 - Other Titles. Which will make the finals in the bakeoffs?

Miss Peregrine, Fences, Loving, Fantastic Beasts, The BFG, Rogue One, Allied, The Birth of a Nation, Hands of Stone, The Legend of Tarzan, The Huntsman Winter's War, Assassin's Creed, La La Land, Miles Ahead, Rules Don't Apply, Suicide Squad, The Handmaiden, Hail Caesar, Love & Friendship, Captain Fantastic, The Witch