2015 Oscar Winner Predictions, The Technical Awards, Part 2

Best Production Design:

The Nominees:
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Interstellar”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Could Win: Into the Woods
Should Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

 

 

 

To clarify what this category is, “production design” refers to the overall look and appearance of a given film. Production designers concoct and craft the visual scope of a film, which establish the setting and overall style of the film. The Grand Budapest Hotel is the clear frontrunner in this category with its fast-paced, visually-stunning style. Into the Woods could potentially earn a win with its establishment of the wooded region, which most of the film’s story occurs, and the reimagining of the various fairy tales. However, The Grand Budapest Hotel likely will win for its on-stage feelings and its ability to incorporate gothic and even athletic dimensions to the film’s overall appearance.

 

Best Film Editing

The Nominees:
“American Sniper”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Whiplash”

Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelei Linklater in Boyhood
Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelei Linklater in Boyhood

 

Will Win: Boyhood
Could Win: Whiplash
Should Win: Whiplash

 

 

 

This is a peculiar category this year in that it the editing techniques between all the nominees are drastically different in style. Yet, this category is profoundly important in regards to the Best Picture winner. In typical instances, the winner of this award has a correlation with the Best Picture winner. Yet this category is unique this year in that Boyhood’s truest competition, Birdman, is not nominated in this category at all due to the film’s usage of long takes and minimal editing. Therefore, it is expected that Boyhood will take the win in this category, not because it is the best edited film, but because this win will be expected with the momentum Boyhood has received going into the Oscars. However, the truly best edited film in this category is Whiplash, whose entire film structure depended upon, and succeeded with, the editing. Whiplash maintained itself as a relevant film that kept the interest of its audience by utilizing an editing style that was very reminiscent a slow beat slowing crescendoing into an anthem. Expect Boyhood to take the win with this one, but it isn’t a guaranteed win.

 

Best Cinematography

The Nominees:
“Birdman,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Robert Yeoman
“Ida,” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner,” Dick Pope
“Unbroken,” Roger Deakins

Michael Keaton in Birdman
Michael Keaton in Birdman

 

Will Win: Birdman
Could Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Should Win: Birdman

 

 

 

Cinematography essentially is the color, camera mechanism and the overall motion of the film. While this may seem like a trivial category, cinematography can make the difference between a comprehensive film from an amateur film. Birdman is the obvious choice, with the film’s cinematography being the focal point of the film, with its long, continuous takes, color schemes that show a variation between reality and allusion, and also having the ability to mirror a theatre-like viewing experience with the film. The Grand Budapest Hotel also has potential in this category with its bright colors and impressive wide camera shots, yet Birdman is the more likely win its revolutionary method of filming, a method that has never been achieved before.

 

 

Best Original Score

The Nominees:
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game,” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar,” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner,” Gary Yershon
“The Theory of Everything,” Jóhann Jóhannsson

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything

Will Win: The Theory of Everything
Could Win: The Imitation Game
Should Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

 

 

 

Having won the Golden Globe already, The Theory of Everything seems to be the likely frontrunner contender in this category, and for just reason. The blend of romantic and tragic melodies throughout the film functions perfectly within the framework of the Stephen Hawking biopic. The Imitation Game does seem to be picking up some sentiment, especially with the film’s surprise nominations with the Oscars, which may hint popularity might be more in favor with The Imitation Game than with The Theory of Everything. Yet, do not be surprised if The Grand Budapest Hotel pulls in an upset with its genre-blending of classical and lyrical music.

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