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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 - First Round of Predictions May 7th
Carol
Sandy Powell
(10 noms / 3 wins)
Into the Woods
Colleen Atwood
(10 noms / 3 wins)
Mr Turner
Jacqueline Durran
(3 noms / 1 win)
Suite Francaise
Michael O'Connor
(3 noms / 1 win)
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Janty Yates
(1 nomination)
 Cate, Rooney, and Sarah should make a fine trio of clotheshorses for one of Oscar's two favorite designers. Add in 50s socialite touches, scarves, furs, and the like. This should be great  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.  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  He's at the peak of his career and though these designs are less glamorous (some of the characters are peasants and war time is no time to get all showy about your gowns) they'll look great on the actors. 

Going way way back B.C. for this one which will help it stand out in a sea of fantasy and films set in the mid 20th century. Scott's epics are usually suitable to scrumptious eye candy. Which will this be?

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Maleficent
Anna B Sheppard
(2 noms)
Grand Budapest Hotel  Milena Canonero
(8 noms / 3 wins)
Unbroken
Louise Frogley (never nominated)
Grace of Monaco 
Gigi Le Plage (never nominated)
Miss Julie
Consolata Boyle
(1 nomination)
 Finally escaping WW II films for a flight of dark fantasy with Disney's most iconic villainess. Will AMPAS appreciate her take and variations on that famous horned cloak 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  Potentially less showy than its competition but if it's a huge deal in other categories... And Frogley surely must've been close to a nomination a few times by now Though the film has been savaged at Cannes, it is still a Princess movie and the costuming branch is fairer with disliked movies than most, able to love it if the costuming is great  Boyle often does fine work so the question will be if people like the film and what kind of profile and push it can manage. So much competition in this category! 
Tier 3 - Too early to rule anyone out! And why with so many fine designers working.
Here are 26 more possibilites


Big Eyes - Colleen Atwood (10 noms / 3 win) | Birdman Albert Wolsky (7 noms / 2 wins) | Captain America: The Winter Soldier- Judianna Makovsky (3 nominations) | Edge of Tomorrow - Kate Hawley (never nominated) | Far from the Madding Crowd - Janet Patterson (4 nominations) | Fury - Anna B Sheppard (2 nominations) | 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) | Jersey Boys - Deborah Hopper (1 nomination) | Jupiter Ascending - Kym Barrett (never nominated) | A Little Chaos -Joan Bergin (never nominated) | Magic in the Moonlight - Sonia Grande (never nominated) | A Most Violent Year - Kasia Walicka Maimone (never nominated) | Noah - Michael Wilkinson (1 nomination) | Queen of the Desert - Michele Clapton (never nominated) | Serena (unknown) | Snowpiercer Catherine George (never nominated) | Theory of Everything - Steven Noble (never nominated) | Two Faces of January - Steven Noble (never nominated) | The Water Diviner - Tess Schofield (never nominated)

I'm assuming 2015
Suffragette (Jane Petrie) | Macbeth (Fiona Crombie) | Genius (Unknown)


Best Cinematography - First Round of Predictions May 18th
Into the Woods
Dion Beebe
(2 noms / 1 win)
Interstellar
Hoyt Van Hoytema
(never nominated)
Unbroken
Roger Deakins
(11 nominations)
Birdman
Emmanuel Lubezki
(6 noms | 1 win)
Mr Turner
Dick Pope
(1 nomination)
 Oscar loved his firs collaboration with Rob Marshall (Chicago). Will their third musical hit the right notes? There's ample opportunity for strong visuals... but they'll have to seize them.  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.   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...

 The Cannes 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.

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Godzilla 
Seamus McGarvey
(2 nominations)
Gone Girl
Jeff Cronenwerth
(2 nominations)
Foxcatcher
Grieg Fraser
(never nominated)  
Maleficent
Deam Semler
(1 nomination)
The Homesman
Rodrigo Prieto
(1 nomination)
 As Joe said on the podcast, it conjures awe better than virtually any blockbuster of the past several years. But will the money shots be enough? Fincher movies invariably look sensationally stylish and handsome. If it's a Best Picture threat, expect it to fight for a place here.  He's one of the best young cinematographers but Oscar so far and so absurdly has passed. Will this acclaimed drama open their eyes to his range and gift?  Blockbuster cinema can often compete in these categories IF it's quite beloved. So we'll have to wait for reviews and to see if Semler is singled out for dark enchanted forests and fairy lights   Westerns always provide ample opportunity for visual signatures, landscape beauty, and use of natural light and color. Reviews are... strange. We shall see..

Tier 3 - Too early to rule anyone out! And why with so many fine DPs working. Here are 30 more possibilities... (if there are no stats listed they do not have an Oscar history as of yet)

Big Eyes - Bruno Delbonnel (4 nominations) | Carol - Edward Lachmann | Dark Places - Barry Ackroyd (1 nom) | Exodus: Gods & Kings -Darius Wolski (never nominated) | Far from the Madding Crowd - Charlotte Brus Christensen | Fury - Roman Vasyanov | Get On Up - Stephen Goldblatt (2 nominations) | Grace of Monaco - Eric Gautier | Grand Budapest Hotel - Robert Yeoman | The Imitation Game - Oscar Faura | The Immigrant - Darius Khondji (1 nomination) | Inherent Vice - Robert Elswit (2 noms / 1 win) | The Judge - Janusz Kaminski (6 noms | 2 wins) | Jupiter Ascending - John Toll (3 noms / 2 wins) | A Little Chaos- Ellen Kuras (1 nomination... not in this category) | Lost River - Benoît Debie | Love is Strange - Christos Voudouris | Magic in the Moonlight - Darius Khondji (1 nomination) | Miss Julie - Mikhail Krichman | A Most Violent Year - Bradford Young | Noah - Matthew Libatique (1 nomination) | Pawn Sacrifice - Bradford Young | Queen of the Desert - Peter Zeitlinger | The Search - Guillaume Schiffman (1 nomination) | Snowpiercer -Hong Kyung-Pyo | Suite Francaise - Eduaord Grau | Theory of Everything -Benôite Delhomme | Tracks - Mandy Walker | Two Faces of January - Marcel Zyskind | The Water Diviner - Andrew Lesnie (1 nom / 1 win) | Wild - Yves Bélanger

 

Best Production Design - First Round of Predictions May 18th
Into the Woods
Dennis Gassner
(4 noms / 1 win)
The Imitation Game 
Marja Durjovic
(never nominated)
Big Eyes
Rick Heinrichs
(3 noms / 1 win)  
Exodus: Gods & Kings
Arthur Max
(2 nominations)  
Grand Budapest Hotel
Adam Stockhausen
(1 nomination)
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.    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  Ridley Scott started as an Art Director and it's generally an area where his films tend to shine. 

 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?

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Interstellar
Nathan Crowley
(2 nominations) 
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Dan Hennah
(5 noms / 1 win)
Foxcatcher
Jess Gonchor
(1 nomination)
Suite Francaise
Michael Carlin
(1 nomination)
The Homesman
Merideth Boswell
(2 nominations
 Will this food-starved earth and the spaceships offer enough opportunity for him to shine? Are they done with Middle Earth or...  Raves are promising but then again it's harder for contemporary (or, rather, near-period) dramas to score in the design categories War torn Europe and small villages. A lot to work with but is the film any good?   Opportunities are there for memorable visuals, but with wide open spaces its summer times hard to tell if it'll score in this category 
Tier 3 - Too early to rule anyone out! And why with so many fine designers working

Birdman - Kevin Thompson (never nominated) | Carol - Judy Becker (1 nomination) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - James Chinlund (never nominated) | Far from the Madding Crowd - Kave Quinn (never nominated) | Fury -Andrew Menzies (never nominated) | Get On Up - Mark Ricker (never nominated) | Godzilla - Owen Paterson (never nominated) | Gone Girl - Donald Graham Burt (1 nom / 1 win) | Grace of Monaco - Dan Weil (never nominated) | Guardians of the Galaxy - Charles Wood (never nominated) | The Immigrant - Happy Massee (never nominated) | Inherent Vice - David Crank (never nonminated) | Jersey Boys - James Murakami (1 nomination) Jupiter Ascending - Hugh Bateup | A Little Chaos -James Merifield (never nominated) | Lost River - Beth Mickle | Magic in the Moonlight - Anne Siebel (1 nomination) Maleficent - Dylan Cole & Gary Freeman (never nominated) The Maze Runner - Mark Fisichella (never nominated) | Miss Julie - Caroline Amies (never nominated) | A Most Violent Year - John P Goldsmith (never nominated) | Mr Turner - Suzie Davies (never nominated) | Noah - Mark Friedberg - never nominated)| Queen of the Desert - Ulrich Bergfelder (never nominated) | Snowpiercer -Ondrej Nekvasil| Theory of Everything - John Paul Kelly (never nominated) | Two Faces of January - Michael Carlin (1 nomination) | Unbroken - Jon Hutman (never nominated) | The Water Diviner - Chris Kennedy (never nominated)

 

Best Film Editing - First Round of Predictions May 7th
Foxcatcher
Stuart Levy & Conor O'Neill (never nominated)
The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg
(4 noms | 1 win)
Unbroken
Tim Squyres
(2 nominations)
Gone Girl
Kirk Baxter
(3 noms | 2 wins)
Birdman
Douglas Crise (1 nomination)
       

 

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Interstellar
Lee Smith
(2 nominations)
Godzilla
Bob Ducsay
(never nominated)
Inherent Vice
Leslie Jones (1 nomination)
Exodus: Gods & Kings
unknown
Wild
unknown
         
Tier 3 - Too early to rule anyone out! And why with so many fine designers working


Big Eyes - Joseph C Bond IV (never nominated) | Boyhood - Sandra Adair (never nominated) | Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Jeffrey Ford & Matthew Schmidt (never nominated) | Carol - unknown | Dark Places - Billy Fox (never nominated) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - William Hoy & Stan Salfas (never nominated) | Far from the Madding Crowd - Claire Simpson (2 noms / 1 win) | Fury - unknown | Get On Up - unknown | Grand Budapest Hotel - Barney Pilling (never nominated) | Guardians of the Galaxy - Fred Raskin (never nominated) & Hughes Winborne (1 nom | 1 win) | The Homesman - Roberto Silvi (never nominated) | Hundred Foot Journey - Andrew Mondshein (1 nomination) | Into the Woods - Wyatt Smith (never nominated) | Jersey Boys - Joel Cox (2 noms / 1 win) and Gary Roach (never nominated) | The Judge - unknown | Kill the Messenger - Brian A Kates (never nominated) | Lost River - Nico Leunen & Valdís Ôskarsdóttir (never nominated) | Love is Strange - Affonso Gonçalves & Michael Taylor (never nominated) Maleficent Chris Lebenzon (2 nominations) & Richard Pearson (1 nomination) | Maps to the Stars - Ronald Sanders (never nominated) | Mojave - John David Allen (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) | Pawn Sacrifice - unknown | Queen of the Desert - Joe Bini (never nominated) | Rosewater - Jay Rabinowitz (never nominated) | The Search - Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius (1 nomination in this category) | Snowpiercer - Steve M Choe & Changju Kim (never nominated) | Suite Francaise - Chris Dickens (1 nom / 1 win) | Theory of Everything - Jinx Godfrey (never nominated) | True Story -Nicolas de Toth (never nominated) | The Water Diviner - Matt Villa (never nominated) | Whiplash - Tom Cross (never nominated)

 

Best Visual Effects - First Round of Predictions May 7th
Godzilla
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Maleficent
The classy sober sheen this umpteenth Godzilla film is taking should help it earn respect
Assuming that there's only room for one Marvel Heroes film, and assuming "Most" still equals "Best" for voters this may edge out Captain America
Not much is yet known about this film but it's not wise to vote again Chris Nolan features in the blockbuster categories

This series has never missed a nomination in this category but fatigue could be setting in (the Academy abandons all franchises at some point)

If an only if it's well loved and a colossal hit. The colossal hit part will be easier to manage. Stay tuned for reviews.
Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Jupiter Ascending
Noah
Both seem like sure things until you remember that they ignored the first one (Captain) or ignored it in other categories it seemed strong in (Planet). So will they like the second one more? Transformers films always get a least one Oscar nod, but it's safer over in sound If "Most" equals "Best" expect this one to be talked up. But the visual chaos could work against it; Cloud Atlas missed 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 - Too early to rule anyone out. Might these films be considered?

Edge of Tomorrow | Exodus: Gods & Kings
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 - First Round of Predictions May 7th
Exodus: Gods & Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods

 

     
Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Foxcatcher
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jupiter Ascending
     
Tier 3 - Too early to rule anyone out. Might these films qualify?

Big Eyes | Carol | Far from the Madding Crowd | Fury | Get On Up | Guardians of the Galaxy
Grace of Monaco | The Hobbit | The Homesman | Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 | Inherent Vice
A Little Chaos | Mr Turner | Noah | Sin City 2 | Snowpiercer | Suite Francaise
Theory of Everything | Unbroken | X-Men Days of Future Past...

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