Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Narrowing Down the Makeup and Music Oscar Categories

Is American Hustle bound for a Makeup and Hairstyling nod?

The Academy released these eligibility lists, so here's my quick take on which contenders will be nominated.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

The eligible films:

"American Hustle"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"The Great Gatsby"
"Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters"
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"
"The Lone Ranger"

Given that major contenders like "Rush" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" didn't make the cut, this is a very odd category. Any of these films could be nominated, which makes this category impossible to predict. At the moment, I'm going with the following three.

"American Hustle"
"The Great Gatsby"
"The Lone Ranger"

Best Original Score:

The eligible scores:

"Admission," Stephen Trask, composer
"Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Daniel Hart, composer
"All Is Lost," Alex Ebert, composer
"Alone Yet Not Alone," William Ross, composer
"The Armstrong Lie," David Kahne, composer
"Arthur Newman," Nick Urata, composer
"At Any Price," Dickon Hinchliffe, composer
"Austenland," Ilan Eshkeri, composer
"Before Midnight," Graham Reynolds, composer
"The Best Man Holiday," Stanley Clarke, composer
"The Book Thief," John Williams, composer
"The Butterfly's Dream," Rahman Altin, composer
"The Call," John Debney, composer
"Captain Phillips," Henry Jackman, composer
"Closed Circuit," Joby Talbot, composer
"The Company You Keep," Cliff Martinez, composer
"The Conjuring," Joseph Bishara, composer
"Copperhead," Laurent Eyquem, composer
"The Counselor," Daniel Pemberton, composer
"The Croods," Alan Silvestri, composer
"Despicable Me 2," Heitor Pereira, composer
"Elysium," Ryan Amon, composer
"Ender's Game," Steve Jablonsky, composer
"Enough Said," Marcelo Zarvos, composer
"Epic," Danny Elfman, composer
"Ernest & Celestine," Vincent Courtois, composer
"Escape from Planet Earth," Aaron Zigman, composer
"Escape from Tomorrow," Abel Korzeniowski, composer
"Evil Dead," Roque Baños, composer
"47 Ronin," Ilan Eshkeri, composer
"42," Mark Isham, composer
"Free Birds," Dominic Lewis, composer
"Free China: The Courage to Believe," Tony Chen, composer
"Fruitvale Station," Ludwig Goransson, composer
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation," Henry Jackman, composer
"Gangster Squad," Steve Jablonsky, composer
"Gravity," Steven Price, composer
"The Great Gatsby," Craig Armstrong, composer
"The Hangover Part III," Christophe Beck, composer
"Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters," Atli Örvarsson, composer
"Haute Cuisine," Gabriel Yared, composer
"Her," William Butler and Owen Pallett, composers
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," Howard Shore, composer
"Hollywood Seagull," Evgeny Shchukin, composer
"Hours," Benjamin Wallfisch, composer
"How Sweet It Is," Matt Dahan, composer
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," James Newton Howard, composer
"Identity Thief," Christopher Lennertz, composer
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," Lyle Workman, composer
"Insidious: Chapter 2," Joseph Bishara, composer
"Instructions Not Included," Carlo Siliotto, composer
"The Internship," Christophe Beck, composer
"The Invisible Woman," Ilan Eshkeri, composer
"Iron Man 3," Brian Tyler, composer
"Jack the Giant Slayer," John Ottman, composer
"Jobs," John Debney, composer
"Kamasutra 3D," Sreejith Edavana and Saachin Raj Chelory, composers
"Labor Day," Rolfe Kent, composer
"Lee Daniels' The Butler," Rodrigo Leão, composer
"Live at the Foxes Den," Jack Holmes, composer
"Love Is All You Need," Johan Söderqvist, composer
"Mama," Fernando Velázquez, composer
"Man of Steel," Hans Zimmer, composer
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," Alex Heffes, composer
"The Missing Picture," Marc Marder, composer
"Monsters University," Randy Newman, composer
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," Atli Örvarsson, composer
"Mud," David Wingo, composer
"Murph: The Protector," Chris Irwin and Jeff Widenhofer, composers
"Now You See Me," Brian Tyler, composer
"Oblivion," Anthony Gonzalez and Joseph Trapanese, composers
"Oldboy," Roque Baños, composer
"Olympus Has Fallen," Trevor Morris, composer
"Oz The Great and Powerful," Danny Elfman, composer
"Pain & Gain," Steve Jablonsky, composer
"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," Andrew Lockington, composer
"Philomena," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"The Place beyond the Pines," Mike Patton, composer
"Planes," Mark Mancina, composer
"Prisoners," Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer
"R.I.P.D.," Christophe Beck, composer
"Reaching for the Moon," Marcelo Zarvos, composer
"Romeo & Juliet," Abel Korzeniowski, composer
"Runner Runner," Christophe Beck, composer
"Rush," Hans Zimmer, composer
"Safe Haven," Deborah Lurie, composer
"Salinger," Lorne Balfe, composer
"Saving Mr. Banks," Thomas Newman, composer
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Theodore Shapiro, composer
"Short Term 12," Joel P. West, composer
"Side Effects," Thomas Newman, composer
"The Smurfs 2," Heitor Pereira, composer
"The Spectacular Now," Rob Simonsen, composer
"Star Trek Into Darkness," Michael Giacchino, composer
"Stoker," Clint Mansell, composer
"Thor: The Dark World," Brian Tyler, composer
"Tim's Vermeer," Conrad Pope, composer
"Trance," Rick Smith, composer
"Turbo," Henry Jackman, composer
"12 Years a Slave," Hans Zimmer, composer
"2 Guns," Clinton Shorter, composer
"The Ultimate Life," Mark McKenzie, composer
"Unfinished Song," Laura Rossi, composer
"Wadjda," Max Richter, composer
"Walking with Dinosaurs," Paul Leonard-Morgan, composer
"Warm Bodies," Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers
"Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim," Ramin Djawadi, composer
"We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," Will Bates, composer
"We're the Millers," Theodore Shapiro and Ludwig Goransson, composers
"What Maisie Knew," Nick Urata, composer
"Why We Ride," Steven Gutheinz, composer
"The Wind Rises," Joe Hisaishi, composer
"Winnie Mandela," Laurent Eyquem, composer
"The Wolverine," Marco Beltrami, composer

Most scores are eligible, except for the "Upstream Color" and "To the Wonder" compositions. "Rush" and "Monsters University" have a great chance, but I see them just missing in favor of the five below.

"The Book Thief"
"Saving Mr. Banks"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Original Song:

The eligible songs:

"Amen" from "All Is Lost"
"Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone"
"Doby" from "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"
"Last Mile Home" from "August: Osage County"
"Austenland" from "Austenland"
"Comic Books" from "Austenland"
"L.O.V.E.D.A.R.C.Y" from "Austenland"
"What Up" from "Austenland"
"He Loves Me Still" from "Black Nativity"
"Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)" from "Black Nativity"
"Test Of Faith" from "Black Nativity"
"Forgiveness" from "Brave Miss World"
"Lullaby Song" from "Cleaver's Destiny"
"Shine Your Way" from "The Croods"
"Happy" from "Despicable Me 2"
"Gonna Be Alright" from "Epic"
"Rise Up" from "Epic"
"What Matters Most" from "Escape from Planet Earth"
"Bones" from "For No Good Reason"
"Going Nowhere" from "For No Good Reason"
"Gonzo" from "For No Good Reason"
"The Courage To Believe" from "Free China: The Courage to Believe"
"Let It Go" from "Frozen"
"100$ Bill" from "The Great Gatsby"
"A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" from "The Great Gatsby"
"Over The Love" from "The Great Gatsby"
"Together" from "The Great Gatsby"
"Young and Beautiful" from "The Great Gatsby"
"The Moon Song" from "Her"
"I See Fire" from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Bite Of Our Lives" from "How Sweet It Is"
"Try" from "How Sweet It Is"
"Atlas" from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
"Better You, Better Me" from "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete"
"Bring It On" from "Jewtopia"
"Aygiri Nadani" from "Kamasutra 3D"
"Har Har Mahadeva" from "Kamasutra 3D"
"I Felt" from "Kamasutra 3D"
"Of The Soil" from "Kamasutra 3D"
"Sawariya" from "Kamasutra 3D"
"In The Middle Of The Night" from "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
"You And I Ain't Nothin' No More" from "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
"Let's Take A Trip" from "Live at the Foxes Den"
"Pour Me Another Dream" from "Live at the Foxes Den"
"The Time Of My Life" from "Live at the Foxes Den"
"Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"Monsters University" from "Monsters University"
"When The Darkness Comes" from "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"
"Sacrifice (I Am Here)" from "Murph: The Protector"
"The Muslims Are Coming" from "The Muslims Are Coming!"
"Oblivion" from "Oblivion"
"Sweeter Than Fiction" from "One Chance"
"Nothing Can Stop Me Now" from "Planes"
"We Both Know" from "Safe Haven"
"Get Used To Me" from "The Sapphires"
"Stay Alive" from "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
"So You Know What It's Like" from "Short Term 12"
"There's No Black Or White" from "Somm"
"Cut Me Some Slack" from "Sound City"
"You Can't Fix This" from "Sound City"
"Let It Go" from "Spark: A Burning Man Story"
"We Ride" from "Spark: A Burning Man Story"
"Becomes The Color" from "Stoker"
"Younger Every Day" from "3 Geezers!"
"Here It Comes" from "Trance"
"Let The Bass Go" from "Turbo"
"The Snail Is Fast" from "Turbo"
"Speedin'" from "Turbo"
"My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)" from "12 Years a Slave"
"Make It Love" from "Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro"
"One Life" from "The Ultimate Life"
"Unfinished Songs" from "Unfinished Song"
"For The Time Being" from "The Way, Way Back"
"Go Where The Love Is" from "The Way, Way Back"
"Bleed For Love" from "Winnie Mandela"

No big omissions here, but it's interesting that only one song from "Frozen" was submitted. "In the Middle of the Night" from "Lee Daniels' The Butler" could be nominated, or a song from another animated film, like "Despicable Me 2", "Epic" or "Turbo". Still, I'm going out on a limb for the following lineup.

"Let It Go" from "Frozen"
"The Moon Song" from "Her"
"So You Know What It's Like" from "Short Term 12"
"You and I Ain't Nothin' No More" from "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
"Young and Beautiful" from "The Great Gatsby"


  1. Excellent post! I'm really pissed they didn't submit 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman', as it is Oscar worthy and really could have snagged a nomination had it been submitted. Shame!

    1. Wait, Frozen was ineligible for the Score nomination?

    2. Thanks man! I wish they would've submitted 'Snowman' and 'For the First Time in Forever'.

      The score is either ineligible or wasn't submitted. Either way, it's a shame.

  2. Wow, no Hobbit for Make up category? Why didn't it make it?

    1. Apparently the makeup effects were enhanced by visual effects. Plus, the Academy sometimes rule out sequel work that doesn't differ much from the work in the original film.

  3. Out of the eligible films up for Best Makeup, I'd go for either "American Hustle" or "The Great Gatsby"

    I hope Lana Del Rey's Young & Beautiful won't get overlooked like it did at the Golden Globes!

    As for best score, I'm rooting for Steven Price for Gravity or Ramin Djawadi for Pacific Rim.

    1. I'd go for American Hustle, as I just saw it and the work is great.

      Yes! The song deserves a nod!

      I think Price is a lock for a nomination at least. :)

  4. hmm, do you know why score for "Upstream Color" is ineligible?

    I'm rooting for the song Young and Beautiful" from "The Great Gatsby". I found the U2 track for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom surprisingly mediocre.

    1. The film itself isn't even eligible. It might've been the release platform, or maybe it wasn't even submitted.

      Yeah, I hope Young and Beautiful gets in. I still need to see Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, but the song didn't do much for me either.