Here we go. The last before the last one. Unfortunately I’m writing this at school and I don’t have my notes (a word document) with me, so I’m gonna swing it. I do have Gold Derby where I can check the ones that I’m predicting at the moment, but not the ones that I still have bubbling under.
12 Years a Slave – Hans Zimmer
Her – Arcade Fire
Gravity – Steven Price
Saving Mr. Banks – Thomas Newman
The Book Thief – John Wiliams
All Is Lost – Alex Ebert
Captain Phillips – Henry Jackman
Frozen – Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
The first five ones are the ones that I’m predicting at the moment. The one on the top to win. I might be a bit biased because Hans Zimmer happens to be my favourite composer. I hope the Academy will go with the quirkiness of Arcade Fire like they’ve gone with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network) but then again that seems to be the only example of that. The composer branch has always been notoriously biased, they seem to choose the same composers from year to year and then perhaps letting one “new one” in. This year it’s probably Steven Price, who, I just noticed, also composed Attack the Block that had great soundtrack (and is a surprisingly good film). Ok, now I like him more. John Williams is John Williams, the man who’s been nominated for staggering 48 times for the Oscar and won five times. Alex Ebert just won the Golden Globe so I don’t know what to think of that. Henry Jackman has gotten a lot of praise for his work in Captain Phillips, but to me it sounded like Zimmer’s work, especially in the end it was so much like Inception’s Time that it was bothering. So I’m not impressed. And Frozen’s soundtrack is lovely. I’m listening it right now. And have been so many times since I saw the film.
Frozen – Let It Go (Idina Menzel)
Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom – Ordinary Love (U2)
The Great Gatsby – Young and Beautiful (Lana Del Ray)
Her – The Moon Song (Karen O)
Short Term 12 – So You Know What’s It Like (Keith Stanfield)
Despicable Me 2 – Happy (Pharrell Williams)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Coldplay)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Ed Sheeran)
12 Years a Slave – My Lord Sunshine (David Hughey and Roosevelt Credit)
I’m not able to be objective with this category. I detest U2 AND Coldplay. A lot. Both bands makes the shivers to go through my body. Disgusting. But I’m still thinking that the first one at least will score the nomination but I so much hope that it will not win (shame on you Hollywood Foreign Press for choosing it instead of Let It Go!). I’m not sure there will be five contenders in this category. I bet Menzel, whom I hope they will bring to the actual gala, she’s amazing, U2 and Keith Stanfield will get the noms. And maybe Lana Del Ray. To me that song is nothing special and I’m not that in to Del Ray now when my heart is healed again. Happy is playing a lot in Finnish radios too. And I like I See Fire but I doubt the Academy will like it as much. But all in all I hope they will bring all the acts to the stage this year, it would be interesting. I’ve posted Let It Go so many times already to this blog, that I’ll go with the other favourite of mine this time:
Best Sound Mixing
All Is Lost
Inside Llewyn Davis
12 Years a Slave
At the moment I’m leaving 12 Years a Slave out but I might change my mind before Thursday morning. Gravity obviously is my favourite for win. The soundwork is impeccable in it. The silence especially. Rush also is very good, all that screeching of tires, rain falling etc. Captain Phillips works too but I got to admit that I don’t understand a lot of sound department work but I’m always fascinated by those making-offs where they’re explaining what they are doing. And apparently all the things happening at sea are in need of special sound work and I’m betting on that now. Plus one film with musical element. But to be honest, this is basically guessing from my part. In the following clip pay attention to great soundtrack too:
Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost
12 Years a Slave
Same list except that I’ve changed Inside Llewyn Davis to Pacific Rim. I’m not sure it should be that identical. Maybe not? I have to dig into these before Thursday. Cinema Audio Society have just released their nominations but I haven’t had time to check them yet, so there’s still a change I’ll change my predictions in this category. At least Lone Survivor (the box-office champ of the weekend) is getting attention. And then again, CAS is not the best predicting the Oscars. We’ll see.
Tomorrow it’s turn for Animated Feature (that I’ve actually have already finished predicting; here), Documentary and Shorts. That’s it, I guess. Oh, btw, ever-hot Chris Hemsworth is announcing the nominations. Here’s the link to watch the nominations announcement on 5.30 Thursday morning Pacific time (that’s 3.30pm in Finland).