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My 2013-2014 Oscar Predictions Part 2: The Technicals

These next categories are usually the categories I am most interested in when watching the Oscars, because they can have a tendancy to honour films that would usually be overlooked in the more prominent categories. These are the categories which focus on the video and audio details of the film.


Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
Iron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
The Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
Star Trek into Darkness, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

As awesome as Smaug looked, Gravity accomplished the pure goal of VFX; to immerse you into the experience of the film.  And with Gravity, we felt like we were actually in space with them, so I don’t see how it can lose this.

Prediction: Gravity

Production Design:
American Hustle, Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
Gravity, Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
The Great Gatsby, Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
Her, Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
12 Years a Slave, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

This one may go to Gravity again, just because everything was so details and felt so authentic.  The space stations, the shuttle, all of it.  But Gatsby has the flash, and 12 Years a Slave has the historical authenticity.  But…   I think its gotta be Gravity.  There’s just so much going on with those sets, especially when you take the zero-g factor in.

Prediction: Gravity

Michael WilkinsonAmerican Hustle
William Chang Suk PingThe Grandmaster
Catherine MartinThe Great Gatsby
Michael O’Connor The Invisible Woman
Patricia Norris12 Years a Slave

If there is a chance for this award to go to a film set in a historical time period, that’s where it will usually go.  Victorian era is preferred, but I think the slave days of America may work in this case.

Prediction: 12 Years a Slave

MAKEUP And Hairstyling:

Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

There are some jokes to be made about American Hustle not here for hairstyling, I just don’t know what they are.  I just can’t see them giving an Oscar to Jackass, though you never know.  And Lone Ranger… not really a Hollywood darling due to its complete lack of BO success.  But Dallas Buyer’s Club probably is the most likely choice.

Prediction: Dallas Buyer’s Club


Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
Inside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor, Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

The sound in Gravity was outstanding.  When you take into account that most of it had to be mixed just right so that it came though the comlinks only, since there is no sound in space, it was truly well done.  A masterpiece.

Prediction: Gravity

All is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney
Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent Burge
Lone Survivor, Wylie Stateman

For much the same reasons as above, Gravity should win this again.  Its been a while since a film dominated the technical categories in the way I’m predicting (probably not since Return of the King), but if any film of the last few years can do it, its Gravity.

Prediction: Gravity

One Response to “My 2013-2014 Oscar Predictions Part 2: The Technicals”

  1. I would think Gravity would benefit hugely here so good picks, make-up was great in Dallas Buyers Club maybe only American Hustle can snatch that! As for sound mixing I hope it Inside Llewyn Davis!

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