Thursday, April 18, 2013

Oscar Predictions Week: Day 4

Rush could do very well in these categories.

Welcome to the fourth day of a special week of early Oscar predictions! I've teamed up with Fisti (of A Fistful of Films) for a series of dual posts covering our thoughts on the upcoming Oscar race. I'll include both my comments and predictions, as well as Fisti's. Be sure to check out his full commentary on his blog.

So, today we're looking at the four aural categories: Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song.

Star Trek should pop up in at least one sound category.

Best Sound Mixing:

My Take:

Elysium
Gravity
Man of Steel
Rush
Star Trek Into Darkness

Gravity and Rush are very likely. The rest aren't as strong, but could see themselves nominated. Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Counselor, and The Hobbit are also possible.

Fisti's Take:

The Counselor
Elysium
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Rush

I’m never really good at identifying what the difference is between Editing and Mixing here, which is why The Fisti Awards only have one Sound category. What I gather is that editing has more to do with manufactured sounds and effects done AFTER filming, and mixing has to do with properly molding sounds recorded during filming...

Summary:
We agree on Elysium, Gravity, and Rush. Fisti sees The Counselor and Inside Llewyn Davis getting nominated, but I'm thinking Man of Steel and Star Trek will show up.

Man of Steel looks like another strong contender.

Best Sound Editing:

My Take:

Elysium
Gravity
Man of Steel
Rush
Star Trek Into Darkness

Again, Gravity and Rush are the best bets, with the others on rocky ground. The sound categories hardly ever match, so expect changes in future predictions posts. Other titles that could get a nomination are Captain Phillips, Winter's Tale, Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, and The Hobbit.

Fisti's Take:

Elysium
Gravity
Man of Steel
Rush
Winter’s Tale

Summary:
We both have Elysium, Gravity, Man of Steel, and Rush, marking the third category in which we agree on 4/5. While I've gone for Star Trek, Fisti's predicting Winter's Tale will make the cut instead.

Can Winter's Tale win over Academy voters?

Best Original Score:

My Take:

The Counselor
Gravity
The Monuments Men
Rush
Winter's Tale

This category is so tough. Gravity and The Monuments Men are probably out in front. The Counselor is a shot in the dark, and I've no idea how Rush and Winter's Tale (both scored by Hans Zimmer) will be received. Serena is my only other guess, but I'm not sure it will register with the Academy. We'll see what comes.

Fisti's Take:

The Counselor
Gravity
The Monuments Men
Rush*
Serena

[It's a] gamble since no one knows what these scores are going to sound like at this point. They do like Best Picture nominees though, so… *Zimmer also has Winter’s Tale this year, which could wind up being more rapturous thanks to the themes of the film.

Summary:
We both think The Counselor, Gravity, The Monuments Men, and Rush will get in. Yet again, we agree on 4/5. I'm predicting Winter's Tale, but Fisti has gone with Serena.

Is there an Original Song contender in Inside Llewyn Davis?

Best Original Song:

My Take:

Can a Song Save Your Life?
The Great Gatsby
Inside Llewyn Davis
Monsters University
Winter's Tale

All I can say here is that it's quite possible that none of these films are nominated in this category. I could barely scrape these contenders together, so alternates are much too early to call.

Fisti's Take:

A documentary feature
The Great Gatsby
Inside Llewyn Davis
Monster's University
Winter's Tale

...That should cover my bases for the moment.

Summary:
We both see The Great Gatsby, Inside Llewyn Davis, Monsters University, and Winter's Tale being nominated, making it the fifth category in which we agree on 4/5. I'm guessing a song from John Carney's Can a Song Save Your Life? gets in, but Fisti thinks a song from a documentary feature, which could happen. But, at this point: who knows?

Stay tuned for more predictions tomorrow.

2 comments:

  1. I do hope Man of Steel would score some technical noms, didn't Nolan's Batman get a few? Surely in terms of cinematography and visual effects, it looks well, smashing from the trailer :D

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    1. I think it will at least get a Visual Effects nomination, but we'll see. Yeah, Batman Begins got a Cinematography nom, and The Dark Knight got 8 nominations, winning Supporting Actor and Sound Editing. But NOTHING for The Dark Knight Rises. :(

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