MarketBOB Oscar Predictions 2012 Part 2

The Rest of the Oscar Nominees

The remaining 14 categories are for the arts and crafts portion of movies, lighting and editing and getting recognition for starting small, as in short films or supporting roles to the lead actors. Everyone has to start somewhere and learn a trade, so we need these categories to maintain a healthy movie industry, but do they make great TV watching? Nope. Who really cares who wins art direction? Or sound mixing? Just other craftsmen in the biz, but we also can up our Oscar pool performance by "guessing the geeks" preferences.

Hugo looked so good, it should clean up the Technical Craft Categories

Best Support for the Stars

Supporting Actor is a battle between two oldies, Christopher Plummer and Max van Sydow with the favorite being Plummer for his performance in Beginners. He also won the SAG award so he's going to win and probably dance all over the Bavarian Alps with the Von Trapp family chorus.

Supporting Actress belongs to The Help, with Minnie Jackson taking the SAG award and joining her star lead actress for gold on Oscar Night.

Foreign Language Best Picture praise is lined up for A Separation, a powerful story about a couple torn by conflicting desires which escalate to dramatic conflict. It is a heart-wrenching film, as you can see from the trailer...

A Separation from Iran is a heartbreaker

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Films Nobody Sees..

Documentaries are interesting when you're in the mood and thank God for Netflix which features a terrific library of past Oscar-winning films (because they're cheap to license). Usually, films about children, genocide or cruelty to the environment/animals usually wins. It is a difficult category, but the oscar nominees include an artistic dance feature (Pina) and a re-examination of a horrible crime (Paradise Lost 3). Two movies miles apart in tone but voters will probably reward the injustice of Paradise Lost 3 over the artistic Pina.

Short films are experiments in storytelling and visual effects, sometimes student films or passionate experiments or corporate lead-ins to larger films. This year, we have animated shorts from Pixar (Luna) in the critical lead, Raju for live short and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom for short documentary (who can ignore tidal waves after last year's horrible disaster).

Paradise Lost 3 proves Justice is blind yet again

But Pina, this Dance Film is just so intriguing...

Academy Awards History

1.
Academy Awards®: The Complete Unofficial History -- Revised and Up-to-date
Academy Awards®: The Complete Unofficial History -- Revised and Up-to-date

Academy Awards is the most popular, most comprehensive, most lavishly illustrated, and most enjoyable history of the Oscars, complete with each year's facts, highlights, and controversies and told with authority and wit. Written by film experts Jim Piazza and Gail Kinn, and beginning with the very first Academy Awards in 1927, this edition covers every aspect of every year's ceremony through the 2010 awards

 
2.
80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards
80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards

With hundreds of photographs and an informative text, "80 Years of the Oscar" takes readers behind the scenes, from the first awards show in 1928 to this year's 80th anniversary.

 
3.
Star Style at the Academy Awards: A Century of Glamour
Star Style at the Academy Awards: A Century of Glamour

From Patty Fox, a fashion coordinator of the Academy Awards, comes the definitive glamour book on the Academy Awards-the most viewed fashion show on earth. In stunning black-and-white photography, author fox highlights the historic gown and the stars who wore them

 

Rewarding the Craft of Filmmaking

Finally, we have the true crafts of film, from lighting and editing to sound and make-up. Hugo is the elephant in this world, and this film is superb from a technical point of view, with 3D effects that are not gimmicks and fully rendered worlds of clocks and trains and early movie studios. It deserves all the awards it gets. The Tree of Life was a hard movie to watch, but there were some exceptional imagery interspersed between the boys playing and dad yelling and dinosaurs splashing.

The Artist may sweep past the crowd of oscar nominees and get on a roll, taking all the categories it was nominated in, but Oscar voters also try to reward films they liked with a craft award, giving their own a great deal of future work. These will be the competing forces in this categories; momentum for the big winner vs. rewards for the neglected stories that did one thing exceptionally well.

Here is the list and probable winners (from my own personal tastes mixed with general consensus of critics):

Art Direction: Hugo

Cinematography: The Tree of Life

Costume Design: The Artist

Editing: The Artist

Make-up: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (the last movie in the huge franchise deserves an Oscar for something)

Sound Editing: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo (do you get the impression I like the Hugo movie a lot?)

VIsual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (those chimps were so human, it was scary and fun and just the best part of the movie, when usually faking animals with human mannerisms is usually the lamest part of most movies).

Good Night and Good Luck

There you go, the Academy Awards handicapped for you, all the oscar nominees ranked and sorted into MarketBOB's top Oscar Predictions for 2012. Of course, NO ONE can predict the future so all bets are off, except for your own Oscar pool. Good luck and enjoy the show, which will be lame as usual but at least you can score points for your picks.

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6 comments

A Wang 4 years ago

Thank you for this very interesting article! I still haven't watched A Separation but I have indeed heard great things about it, and really want to watch it! But I had a chance to watch Raju yesterday (the film is available on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/raju/id504628190)... and I really loved it! I would definately give it my vote for live action short! So looking forward to Sunday!


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MarketBOB 4 years ago from Canada Author

Yes, glad you shared the link to Raju and enjoy the show.


Kaye 4 years ago

This is a great commentary on the nominees this year! I agree with you, A Wang... I was able to watch Raju on iTunes as well, and let me say--it's a beautiful film!


Mason 4 years ago

Great article, Raju has my vote. You have twitter MarketBOB?


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MarketBOB 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks.

Yes, my twitter acct is twitter.com/ideariffic


Hilary 4 years ago

Great predictions! Pina makes amazing use of 3D but I think you're probably right about Paradise Lost 3 winning, thanks for the link to Raju, fantastic film!

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