Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Oscar Narrative: Final Predictions - Best Production Design and Sound Editing

Best Production Design
Will Win - Life of Pi
Could Win - Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Lincoln
Should Win - Lincoln or Anna Karenina
Commentary - This category, once called Art Direction, has quickly moved towards digital design, and this year, with the name change, we see the Academy embracing both  the idea of built sets and moving towards newer mediums. While most people will think that the more lavish and traditional sets of Lincoln (which may be too understated for voters), Les Miserables (not as much on display due to Hooper's human close-ups), and Anna Karenina (not the most well-liked film), are the frontrunners, in this close of a race, I think that they split each other's votes and the new tradition of rewarding digital designs continues with Life of Pi.

Best Sound Editing
Will Win - Life of Pi
Could Win - Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, or Skyfall
Should Win - Zero Dark Thirty
Commentary - I will be honest with you. I have no idea who is going to win this award, I can't even really narrow it down that much. This seems to be a common thread in many of the races this year. ZDT deserves something, but I am starting to think that it will go home empty handed. Skyfall could easily take it, and Argo could win it if it starts to sweep its nominations. But my guess is that the surprise winner at the MPSE, Life of Pi, pulls a Hugo, where they reward the most technically challenging film with a large amount of technical awards. And really, it is an extremely rough guess.

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