Best Visual Effects
Will Win/Should Win - Gravity
Could Win - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Commentary - Honestly, this is probably one of the easiest races to call. After the blunder in 2007, when The Golden Compass somehow beat out Transformers (Hate the move, stunning effects), the Academy has righted the wrongs, by picks groundbreaking visual effects that push the boundaries of film: Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar, Inception, Hugo, Life of Pi, and now Gravity, a stunning visual achievement, will be added to this illustrious list.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Will Win - Dallas Buyers Club
Could Win/Should Win - Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa
Commentary - To be honest, as ridiculous as it sounds, Bad Grandpa really deserves to win this award. Forget the quality of the film, of the three nominees, it has the best makeup design of the bunch. And surprisingly, after winning the Makeup & Hairstyling Guild, it could actually do it. But let's face it, that means that voters throughout the Academy will actually have to sit down and watch it, same goes for The Lone Ranger. I just don't see that happening. We know they love Dallas Buyers Club, and while the makeup branch picks the best makeup despite the film, I think the Academy will pick the film they like.