2016 Oscar Predictions: Part Two

My 2016 Oscar predictions, continuing from part one, onto the technical categories!

Best Score

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Prediction: Hateful Eight

Personal Choice: Hateful Eight

Other Thoughts: It Follows has the best score of the year. The score is so good I actually thought it had an outside chance of getting nominated, even though I knew that film would get no nominations. After Django, Ennio Morricone said he’d never score another Tarantino film again, and here they are, together again. Not that I’m complaining, I’m always happy with more Tarantino and Morricone, having them together is amazing.

Best Original Song

  • “Earned It”, Fifty Shades of Grey
  • “Manta Ray”, Racing Extinction
  • “Simple Song #3”, Youth
  • “Til It Happens to You”, The Hunting Ground
  • “Writing’s on the Wall”, Spectre

Prediction: Earned It, Fifty Shades of Grey

Personal Choice: not enough information

Other Thoughts: I’m guessing here. There’s no frontrunner and I haven’t seen any of these films. The Weeknd is really good though, so I’m going with them.

Best Sound Editing

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Prediction: Mad Max: Fury Road

Personal Choice: Mad Max: Fury Road

Other Thoughts: These are all really strong contenders, but I think Mad Max is going to dominate the technical categories. That film was so good across the board, and I loved what they did with sound in that film.

Best Sound Mixing

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Prediction: Mad Max: Fury Road

Personal Choice: Mad Max: Fury Road

Other Thoughts: see above

Best Production Design

  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Prediction: Bridge of Spies

Personal Choice: The Martian

Other Thoughts: This is a really difficult one to predict, especially with three historical films (two of which are period pieces). Bridge of Spies feels right to me.

Best Cinematography

  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario

Prediction: Mad Max: Fury Road

Personal Choice: Mad Max: Fury Road

Other Thoughts: If The Revenant wins (and it very well could, it is the favorite) it would be three in a row for Emmanuel Lubezki, something that has only been done by Walt Disney, Roger Edens (a composer from the 1940s), and Jim Rygiel/Randall William Cook (the Lord of the Rings SFX guys). Deakins is nominated again (#13) and again I don’t think he will win; his stuff just isn’t flashy enough to get the victory and I don’t think Sicario looked as good as some of his previous nominations. I loved the cinematography in Mad Max, they made the Nambian desert look amazing! 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

Prediction: The Revenant

Personal Choice: The Revenant

Other Thoughts: I’ve never even heard of that first film. Don’t know what else to say here than that.

Best Costume Design

  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

Prediction: The Revenant

Personal Choice: The Revenant

Other Thoughts: Sandy Powell is nominated twice this year. Props to her. The wardrobe in The Revenant was so amazing and must have been so difficult to deliver under those conditions (everything must have been difficult, but the wardrobe in particular), that one gets it from me.

Best Film Editing

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Prediction: Spotlight

Personal Choice: Spotlight

Other Thoughts: More than anything but directing, best editing is the biggest indicator of what will win best picture. The editing in The Big Short and Spotlight in particular jump out at me as being most noteworthy, which is extra interesting because they are so different. The editing in The Big Short was flashy and inventive and in-your-face, which Spotlight’s editing was subtle and so damn good. Spotlight gets my prediction.

Best Visual Effects

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Prediction: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Personal Choice: Ex Machina

Other Thoughts: They don’t have an award for best special effects, and that one Mad Max would definitely win (the difference between special and visual effects? Special effects are captured by the camera during production, while visual effects are created by computers in post-production). Ava looked amazing in Ex Machina, I don’t see that film winning, but it was my favorite of the five nominations.

That’s all of them! What’re your thoughts? Post comments below!

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About Gabriel Bruskoff
I write about films! I make them too! See www.gabrielbruskoff.com for more information.

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