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My 2014-2015 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 tendency 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.

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VISUAL EFFECTS:
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould – Guardians of the Galaxy
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher – Interstellar
Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer – X-Men: Days of Future Past

The three biggest comic book movies are all recognized here, and while the effects are solid, they’re also… unremarkable I suppose?  At least compared to all other blockbusters these days.Dawn of the Apes has something a little extra by having its main characters completely CGI, while Interstellar goes for something different altogether, which is why I think its between those two.  I’d like to see them honour Interstellar here, since its probably not going to get anything else.

Prediction: Interstellar

Production Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game – Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
Into the Woods – Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner – Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Hopefully Grand Budapest.  Considering the surprising amount of nominations it got, apparently the academy really likes it.

Prediction: Grand Budapest Hotel

COSTUME DESIGN:
Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mark Bridges – Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood – Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive – Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran – Mr. Turner

Geez, I dont know.  Mr. Turner is the closest to Victorian Era, so that one I guess.

Prediction: Mr. Turner

MAKEUP And Hairstyling:

Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard – Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White – Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy had someone entirely green, a few people who were entirely blue, and Drax, whose makeup job was just nuts.  So..  thta really shouldn’t lose out to Michael Scott’s nose.

Prediction: Guardians of the Galaxy

SOUND MIXING:

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin – American Sniper
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten – Interstellar
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee – Unbroken
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley – Whiplash

War movies usually have the sound categories in the bag.  And with the popularity of American Sniper, this should be the clear winner.

Prediction: American Sniper

SOUND EDITING:
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – American Sniper
Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Richard King – Interstellar
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro – Unbroken

See above.

Prediction: American Sniper

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