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My 2010-2011 Oscar Predictions – Part 2: The Technicals

This is the section which includes the technical aspects of film making, including everyone’s favourite category: sound effects editing!!!

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures), Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (Warner Bros. Pictures), Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter (Warner Bros. Pictures), Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2 (Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios), Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Alright, if Inception doesn’t win this award, I’m going to be livid.  Lately Hollywood has done computer-generated effects to excess.  Now its at the point where its simply nothing special.  Yet tradition, non-computerized effects still feel fresh and authentic and takes more ingenuity and creativity than the run-of-the-mill CGI these days.  That’s why Inception should win.  If Alice in Wonderland and its regular, every day CG effects wins, I may just throw up.

Prediction: Inception

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures), Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (Warner Bros. Pictures), Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

This one Alice in Wonderland probably will win, since its Wonderland for one thing, and its Tim Burton, and if Burton is able to do one thing well (and some of us may argue that he ONLY does one thing well), its art direction.

Prediction: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures), Colleen Atwood
I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures), Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Jenny Beavan
The Tempest (Touchstone Pictures), Sandy Powell
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Mary Zophres

Well, the way I see it, its between True Grit and King’s Speech.  Yet westerns are viewed as pretty run of the mill as far as props and cosutmes go, and the academy just can’t resist giving this award to prim and proper English royalty.  That’s why I think The Kings Speech will have this one.

Prediction: The King’s Speech

Barney’s Version (Sony Pictures Classics), Adrien Morot
The Way Back (Newmarket Films), Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman (Universal Pictures), Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

I’ve learned my less from last year, where I thought the lesser known Il Divo would win for its fantastic and subtle aging techniques.  Instead, the much flashier and showier make-up of Star Trek won.  Perhaps the academy has started to use this award to celebrate more popular films which have no chance of winning any of the other Oscars.  For that reason, I’m going to pick The Wolfman.

Prediction: The Wolfman

Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
Salt (Columbia Pictures), Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Inception should win special effects.  And since it is not likely to win any of the major awards, but does demand some sort of recognition as a true tour de force this year, I think it’ll probably clean up in the technicals.  This is a similar situation The Matrix found itself in over a decade ago.

Prediction: Inception

Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Richard King
Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
TRON: Legacy (Walt Disney Pictures), Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable (20th Century Fox), Mark P. Stoeckinger

Inception, for the same reasoning as above.

Prediction: Inception

5 Responses to “My 2010-2011 Oscar Predictions – Part 2: The Technicals”

  1. I agree that AMPAS will vote for the movie that makes the noise. The Wolfman was horrible! But against The Way Back (boring) and Barney’s Version – it will be the wolfman no doubt but it should go to Barney’s Version. Check out the movie clip they have on Makeup artist magazine. The aging was done with prosthetics! No idea. Wow. It was better than Benjamin Buttons and that won an Oscar.


  2. For Visual effects, I would have to go with Iron Man 2 – the transformation with the suit was beautiful. Alice in wonderland looked CG. Inception was good. Again, this is going to depend on what the Academy members are leaning towards (sounds like a lot of politics to me).

  3. Nope, thought about it again, Visual effects should go to Inception, it was pretty creative and extensive.

  4. What do you want to do when you’ve finished?

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