Sunday, April 21, 2013

Early Oscar predictions - Part 5

Today's post is a short one, just looking at some of the possibilities in Production Design, Costume Design, and Makeup & Hairstyling. Next week we'll finish up the early predictions with a look at the aural craft categories.

I'm having a hard time getting a read on the design categories. Will lavish and colourful films like Oz the Great and Powerful or The Great Gatsby be able to survive early releases and stay in voters' minds 'til the end of the year? Hey, if an eyesore like Alice in Wonderland could do it, surely they stand just as good a chance. And then there are late-breaking period pieces like The Monuments Men and Twelve Years a Slave to consider. And can The Desolation of Smaug keep the streak going for Peter Jackson's Middle Earth series (Best Production Design being one of only two categories for which every entry has been nominated)? There will probably be more overlap between Production Design and Costume Design than I'm indicating here, but at this stage, why not cast a wide net:

Best Production Design
Robert Sromberg & Nancy Haigh, Oz the Great and Powerful
Catherine Martin & Ian Gracie, The Great Gatsby
Dan Hennah & Simon Bright, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
James D. Bissell & Bernhard Henrich, The Monuments Men
Michael Corenblith & Susan Benjamin, Saving Mr. Banks

Also consider: The Butler, Grace of Monaco, Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Trek Into Darkness, Twelve Years a Slave

Best Costume Design
Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Julian Day, Diana
Gigi Lepage, Grace of Monaco
Louise Frogley, The Monuments Men
???, Twelve Years a Slave

Also consider: The Butler, The Hobbit, Inside Llewyn Davis, Oz the Great and Powerful, Saving Mr. Banks

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
As always, the makeup branch is likely to throw us a curve-ball either at the bakeoff stage or the nomination stage (or both) by omitting presumed locks or including forgotten contenders. For now, all I can do is bank on history to repeat itself with the previously nominated Star Trek and Hobbit franchises:

Peter King & Tami Lane, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
???, Star Trek into Darkness
Megan Tanner & Mark Coulier, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Also consider: The Butler, The Great Gatsby, Twelve Years a Slave

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