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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 Nov 17th
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)
Theory of Everything
Steven Noble
(never nominated)
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. 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. Durran is really something.  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.

This fast rising designer is going to score sooner or later. Lovely period work lately.

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Exodus: Gods & Kings
Janty Yates
(1 nom | 1 win)
Noah
Michael Wilkinson
(1 nomination)
Big Eyes
Colleen Atwood
(10 noms | 3 wins)
Unbroken
Louise Frogley
(never nominated)
The Imitation Game
Sammy Sheldon
(never nominated)
 If Oscar has fond memories of Gladiator and wants to see it again through a Biblical / golden armored epic lens... this could definitely happen If this film is successfully revived in campaigning, we could see his ingenious era-free designs and organic fabrics surface 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 first
She's had terrible luck with Oscar despite plentiful work but if this film goes over well, it could finally happen If it's a best picture type of year, this former BAFTA nominee could win her first
Tier 3 - This branch sometimes really thinks for themselves so...
Here are 15 more possibilites

Will the Bird Suit Be Enough to Offset Oscar's Resistance to Contemporary Costumes?
Birdman -Albert Wolsky (7 noms | 2 wins)

Two Shots at a Nomination
Fury OR Maleficent - Anna B Sheppard (2 nominations)
Foxcatcher OR A Most Violent Year - Kasia Walicka-Maimone (never nominated)

File Under Fantastic Mr. Fox Type of Actually Costumed Work But in a Genre They Wouldn't Think Of...
The Boxtrolls -

Other Possibilities
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 Immigrant - Patricia Norris (6 nominations)
Inherent Vice -Mark Bridges (1 nom / 1 win)
Snowpiercer Catherine George (never nominated
Beloved Sisters - Barbara Grupp (never nominated)


Best Cinematography - Predictions as of Nov 17th
Birdman
Emmanuel Lubezki
(6 noms | 1 win)
Mr Turner
Dick Pope
(1 nomination)
Unbroken
Roger Deakins
(11 nominations)
Interstellar
Hoyt Van Hoytema
(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... Fantastic work. Pope makes a film about art into one of its subjects paintings. A nomination would be sweet acknowledgement of his long collaboration with Leigh. 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.  Hoytema is a rising star DP but this is the first time that Nolan's gone without Wally Pfister. But lately has shown that they like almost nothing more in this category than visual effects pictures

Beautiful shots of nature and "the landscape of the human face". Great use of (only) natural light throughout on Cheryl's outdoor trek.

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
A Most Violent Year
Bradford Young
(never nominated)
 Selma
Bradford Young
(never nominated
Theory of Everything
Benôite Delhomme
(never nominated)
Ida
Ryszard Lenczewksi & Lukasz Zal (never nominated)
Gone Girl
Jeff Cronenwerth
(2 nominations)
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 either of these? It'd be incredibly satisfying to see him break through but these films will have to be great to draw enough attention to his eye and color. AMVY is showier but Selma has more Oscar heat.  Oscar sometimes loves purposefully handsome golden glossy biopics. And this is Delhomme's best shot yet at a nomination. They occasionally go foreign in this category and this one has gorgeous use of black and white and framing. Fincher movies invariably look sensationally stylish and handsome. If it's a Best Picture threat, expect it to fight for a place here.

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)

If They Have Long Memories
Noah - Matthew Libatique (1 nomination)
The Immigrant - Darius Khondji (1 nomination)

Other Possibilities:
Into the Woods
- Dion Beebe (2 noms | 1 win) | 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 | Inherent Vice - Robert Elswit (2 noms / 1 win) |Snowpiercer -Hong Kyung-Pyo | Tracks - Mandy Walker | The Homesman - Rodrigo Prieto (1 nom) |

 

Best Production Design - Predictions as of Nov 17th
Into the Woods
Dennis Gassner
(4 noms / 1 win)
The Imitation Game 
Marja Durjovic
(never nominated)
Interstellar
Nathan Crowley
(2 nominations)
Grand Budapest Hotel
Adam Stockhausen
(1 nomination) 
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
James Chinlund (never nominated) 
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 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 but the spaces are memorable.    Will the desolate food-starved earth and the spaceships win them over? How about those... No, Sorry. No Spoilers! We already know this one is worthy. Will Oscar choose to believe so? They've yet to honor a Wes Anderson film in this category which is the most ridiculous stat ever, you must agree.

Wishful thinking? Aside from visual effects this seems like the most likely area for a strong shot and the ape world is very well realized

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Dan Hennah
(5 noms / 1 win)
Exodus: Gods & Kings
Arthur Max
(2 nominations)
Big Eyes
Rick Heinrichs
(3 noms / 1 win)
Noah
Mark Friedberg
(never nominated)
Maleficent
Dylan Cole & Gary Freeman
(never nominated)
Are they done with Middle Earth or...  ? Want big? Want ancient? Want computer augmented? Want Biblical Epic? It's this or Noah. This will be fresher in the memory.  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 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 computer generated fantasies in this category so you never know
Tier 3 - Could Happen, Sure

If It's A 'We Only Have Eyes For Best Pictures' Kind of Year - And Those Years Are Not Uncommon
Birdman
-Kevin Thompson (never nominated)
Selma - unknown
Foxcatcher - Jess Gonchor (1 nomination)
Unbroken - Jon Hutman (never nominated)
Gone Girl
- Donald Graham Burt (1 nom / 1 win)
Theory of Everything
- John Paul Kelly (never nominated)

Other Possibilities:
Fury
-Andrew Menzies (never nominated) | Exodus: Gods & Kings - Arthur Max (2 nominations) | Get On Up - Mark Ricker (never nominated) | Godzilla - Owen Paterson (never nominated) | |Guardians of the Galaxy - Charles Wood (never nominated) | The Immigrant - Happy Massee (never nominated) | Inherent Vice - David Crank (never nominated) | A Most Violent Year - John P Goldsmith (never nominated) | Mr Turner - Suzie Davies (never nominated) |Snowpiercer -Ondrej Nekvasil | | The Homesman - Meredith Boswell (2 nominations)

 

Best Film Editing - Predictions as of Nov 17th
The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg
(4 noms | 1 win)
Boyhood
Sandra Adair
(never nominated)
Gone Girl
Kirk Baxter
(3 noms | 2 wins)
Whiplash
Tom Cross
(never nominated)

Selma
Spencer Averick
(never nominated)

If they like its trifurcated structure and metronome urgency If they appreciated that 12 year commitment (or maybe less in this case?) If they like the movie at all (Fincher often scores here) If they go wild for it. As they might and want to honor its energy

If they go for it in Best Picture

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Birdman
Douglas Crise
(1 nomination)
Grand Budapest Hotel
Barney Pilling
(never nominated)
Wild
Martin Pensa & Jean-Marc Vallée
Unbroken
Tim Squyres 
(2 nominations)
American Sniper
Joel Cox (2 noms | 1 win) and Gary Roach
If they like the hidden cuts trickery If they realize how crucial the rhythms are to this one If they fall for his contemplative moods and internal immediacy If the movie turns out great It they find it exciting and the heat is on during voting
Tier 3 - Other Options They Could Look At...


Interstellar - Lee Smith (2 nominations) | American Sniper - Joel Cox (2 noms | 1 win) and Gary Roach | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes William Hoy & Stan Salfas (never nominated) |  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) | Foxcatcher - Stuart Leevy & Conor O'Neill (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) | Fury - Dody Dorn (1 nomination)

 

Best Visual Effects - Predictions as of Nov 17th
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Interstellar
Guardians of the Galaxy
Godzilla
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"
It's not wise to vote again Chris Nolan features in the blockbuster categories like this one.
room for one Marvel Heroes film, and assuming "Most" still equals "Best" this edges out the earthbound Captain America

The classy sober sheen this umpteenth Godzilla film is taking should help it earn respect

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
Exodus: Gods & Kings
Maleficent
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Noah
Transformers films always get a least one Oscar nod, but it's safer over in sound If they dig those plagues or the parting of the Red Sea If they want to honor its success, there are effects all over the place They ignored the first Captain. But this film is better and the effects more impressive. We shall see. 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
Tier 3 - Who else might be considered in the bake-offs?

Edge of Tomorrow | Under the Skin
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 | Into the Woods | Lucy |
The Maze Runner | Snowpiercer | X-Men Days of Future Past

 

Best MakeUp and Hair - Predictions as of Nov 17th
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 - Maybe...

Significant Threats?
Exodus: Gods & Kings -guyliner!
Get On Up - old age makeup and lotsa wigs

Or Even...
The Homesman | Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 | Inherent Vice
Jersey Boys | Mr Turner | Noah | Sin City 2 | Snowpiercer
X-Men Days of Future Past | Fury | Big Eyes

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