Oscar Predix: Sight and Sound
Time to close up the Oscar predictions with the technical categories. Many people think these are boring, but think of it this way - without these, there wouldn't be anything to hear or see.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: I really want Thomas Newman to win for Skyfall. It's criminal he hasn't got an Oscar. He could get it if voters are of that same mindset. But I have a sneaking suspicion the "prettiest" score will get it. That's Life of Pi. So here's what I'll do. I'll predict Pi. If it wins, I'm right.
If Skyfall wins, I'm wrong, but I get my wish. (If someone else wins, I'm screwed.)
BEST SONG: Absolutely no debate here. Adele's Skyfall wins this in a walk.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Anna Karenina was the showiest and was actually integral to its storytelling, though I think Lincoln could spoil. But I'll stick with Anna.
Should win: Didn't care for the film as a whole, but Anna's production design was truly inventive.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Same logic that applied to Score applies here. Roger Deakins (Skyfall) should have an Oscar already. He should have several, in fact. But again, I have a feeling voters will default to "pretty" and go for Life of Pi - which also has an edge because of its impressive 3D. Worked for Avatar and Hugo.
BEST EDITING: Argo is so well constructed that even though the conclusion is a matter of historical record, the suspense remains intense.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: I'll go for Anna Karenina here too. Ballot synergy.
Should win: Mirror Mirror wasn't much of a movie, but it had very imaginative costumes.
BEST MAKEUP/HAIR: The Hobbit would seem the logical choice, but the overall feeling around is one of ennui: "been there, done that." So I'll go for Les Mis.
Should win: Lincoln, but it's not nominated for some reason. Les Mis was well done.
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Best digital recreation of an animal this side of Jurassic Park means an easy win for Life of Pi.
BEST SOUND MIXING: Almost certainly Les Mis, for its mixing of the live singing.
Should win: Skyfall
BEST SOUND EDITING: This often goes to a well-made action film. Skyfall fits that to a T.