Generation Film’s Oscar Nominee Predictions 2012 Pt. 2

Now the technical awards aren’t as exciting as the major categories but they are extremely important. Without these artists, sound designers, editors, or cinematographers we really wouldn’t have the movies that entertain us (or don’t entertain us) every week. These are my predictions for the announced nominees and not my picks for my official Oscar ballot, which I will announce late January once the official nominees have been confirmed. Remember to let me know if you agree or more importantly if you disagree with the choices and let me know your desired picks.

Best Animated Feature

1. Frankenweenie

2. Wreck It Ralph

3. Brave

4. Rise of the Guardians

5. ParaNorman

There were about 30 films, domestic and international, that were submitted in this category so there is a great possibility that films like The Painting or A Liars Biography could get nominated. However, this usually is an American dominated category and for some reason I think the unappreciated Frankenweenie might pull off a win but definitely competition from Wreck It Ralph.

Best Foreign Film

1. Amour (Austria)

2. The Intouchables (France)

3. A Royal Affair (Denmark)

4. Pieta (South Korea)

5. Beyond the Hills (Romania)

This is the one category I can never state with full certainty and will probably be incorrect. There are so many selections that are competing such as Rust & Bone, Barbara, Caesar Must Die, Blood of My Blood, etc. But because Amour won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year it definitely is a frontrunner to win the award.

Best Cinematography

1. The Master (Mihai Malaimare Jr.)

2. Les Miserables (Danny Cohen)

3. Lincoln (Janusz Kaminski)

4. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Ben Richardson)

5. Life of Pi (Claudio Miranda)

Always an intriguing category because it seems to surprise people every year. Last year it seemed Tree of Life was going to be the sure winner after nailing the Cinematographer Guild’s prize but it ended up going to Hugo partially because of its 3D visual experience. That probably won’t work this year for Life of Pi since it’s probably the one that has the most to climb against its competitors. Pretty sure The Master will win this award but there is a fighting chance Les Miserables could deliver a surprise. Other possible nominations could include Django Unchained, The Dark Knight Rises, or Anna Karenina.

Best Editing

1. Argo (William Goldenberg)

2. Zero Dark Thirty (William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor)

3. The Master (Leslie Jones, Peter McNulty)

4. Les Miserables (Chris Dickens)

5. The Dark Knight Rises (Lee Smith)

Film editing certainly goes to odd choices every year and it never is connected to what is winning a majority of the awards. Take last year’s win for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, one of its only wins for the night. Thrillers need tension building and that is always utilized in the editing process so Argo and Zero Dark Thirty are probably the lead contenders with perhaps a surprise from Les Miserables. Other nominees though could include Lincoln or Life of Pi.

Best Production Design

1. Les Miserables

2. Lincoln

3. Anna Karenina

4. The Master

5. The Hobbit

The bigger the better is the rule for production design. If it’s either old, grandiose, fantastical, or has the need for exceptional detail then that film will get nominated and the previous listed 5 films definitely one of those descriptions. Other choices that could sneak in are Cloud Atlas for its various worlds, Life of Pi for its exotic settings, or Django Unchained for its western re-creation.

Best Costume Design

1. Les Miserables

2. Anna Karenina

3. Lincoln

4. The Master

5. Cloud Atlas

Again the older it is the more respect it gets from the Academy members. Perhaps Tarsem’s unique designs for Mirror, Mirror or Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Great Expectations could get nominated but they are both a little obscure for legitimate consideration.

Best Make Up and Hair

1. The Hobbit

2. Cloud Atlas

3. Lincoln

They only allow three nominees for this category, which doesn’t seem fair to all those hardworking Make Up Artists or Hair Dressers in the business. The mentioned three are merely guesses because the Academy can go in weird directions with this category. Many others could take the spots including Les Miserables, Hitchcock, or Anna Karenina.

Best Musical Score

1. The Master (Johnny Greenwood)

2. Lincoln (John Williams)

3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin)

4. Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)

5. Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)

Apparently John Williams is already the favorite to win this award but it just seems unfair considering Johnny Greenwood’s brilliant score for There Will Be Blood was disqualified. Let’s hope the academy recognizes his unique talent and sense of emotion accentuating a film with music. Life of Pi and Anna Karenina could easily get taken out of the running by either Argo or The Dark Knight Rises.

Best Sound Editing

1. The Avengers

2. The Dark Knight Rises

3. Zero Dark Thirty

4. Skyfall

5. Life of Pi

The louder and more extravagant films end up getting recognized in the following three categories. What is listed probably will be the nominees…but these are also a shot in the dark. We’ll see how good these instinctual feelings were once January comes around.

Best Sound Mixing

1. The Avengers

2. Les Miserables

3. Life of Pi

4. The Dark Knight Rises

5. Zero Dark Thirty

Best Visual Effects

1. Life of Pi

2. The Avengers

3. The Hobbit

4. Cloud Atlas

5. Prometheus

And that’s it for now. Best song, best animated short, best documentary, and best live action short will come soon but there isn’t enough information about them yet. Share what you think, whether you agree or feel as though something is missing for worthy consideration.

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