2015 Oscar Predictions: The Technical Awards, Part 1

Best Sound Editing:

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Bradley Cooper in American Sniper

 

 The Nominees:

“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”

 

 

Will Win: “American Sniper”

Could Win: “Intersellar”

Should Win: “Birdman”

Birdman was able to convey the daily mechanics of the theater life, while splicing elements of outside mania into the narrative as well, which is a feat in itself. However, that won’t be enough when compared to American Sniper’s real-world feel, yet do not be surprised if Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar pulls in a surprising win.

 

 Best Sound Mixing:

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Miles Teller in Whiplash

 

 The Nominees:

“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”
“Whiplash”

 

Will Win: Interstellar

Could Win: Whiplash

Should Win: Whiplash

Interstellar’s inventiveness of sound was remarkable, but it has a “been there, done that” sort of approach to it when comparing it to Whiplash, whose entire film is indicative of sound and the manipulation of sound. This award should go to Whiplash, but traditional Oscar wins for this category typically goes to the more action-based films.

 

 Best Visual Effects:

Matthew McConnaughey in Interstellar
Matthew McConnaughey in Interstellar

 The Nominees:

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

 

 

 

Will Win: Interstellar

Could Win: Guardians of the Galaxy

Should Win: Interstellar

This is Interstellar’s one guarantee of the night. The film is visually stunning and riveting, but its fiercest competition is Guardians of the Galaxy, which too, hinged on being a visual film.

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Zoe Saldana and Benicio Del Toro in Guardians of the Galaxy
Zoe Saldana and Benicio Del Toro in Guardians of the Galaxy

 The Nominees:

“Foxcatcher”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”

 

 

 

Will Win: Guardians of the Galaxy

Could Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Should Win: Guardians of the Galaxy

Any of these three nominees are worthy of the Oscar win, yet it is Guardians of the Galaxy that stands out the most with its extreme makeup that emphasized, or sometimes deemphasized, characters within its plot. Yet it is very much possible The Grand Budapest Hotel could pull a surprising win with its more glitzy approach, with the occasional tremendous makeup-job (Ahem, Tilda Swinton’s character, if you all would recall).

 

 

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