Trainwreck’d Society’s Oscar Preview with Chris and Ron [Exclusive]

Ron and Chris circa 2011, signing copies of Children of Mercy.  Photo by the great Jill Keller.

Ron and Chris circa 2011, signing copies of Children of Mercy. Photo by the great Jill Keller.

The Academy Awards are upon us.  This is the event I’ve always considered the Super Bowl of the film industry.  As pretentious as it might sound, the truly great films of the previous year will be awarded at Cannes, Sundance, and the Independent Spirit Awards.  But it can’t be denied, that the Oscars is the biggest show of the year, and there are usually a few great films to choose from.  And this year is no exception.

The most fun thing about the Oscars may be the unpredictable calls, but even the predictable calls are fun.  I’ve been watching and following the Oscars since I was 13 years old, and it starts to feel pretty great when you call things that are going to happen.  Small victories, but it’s something.  But, again, it is always great to see an upset.  Like watching the guys who became famous for songs like “Ass & Titties” or “Chicken Head”, take home the esteemed statue.  Or watching Robert Benigini walk atop of everyone’s seat to receive his trophy.  Moments like these are what makes this event so much fun.

The debates and conversations are always wonderful as well.  And there is no one I enjoy discussing film, Oscar worthy or not, with than one of our very own TWS family members, Chris Eaves.  Chris was kind enough to help us out in conducting an interview with Academy Award nominated cinematographer Adam Kimmel last year.  Chris is a filmmaker based in Portland Oregon who works with the talented group of folks known as SoundSkript Entertainment (Feature coming soon!), And he has returned with his expert opinion to help us decide what the films shall reign supreme during Sunday’s show.  I chime in with my opinions as well, and it turns out that we are almost split half and half.  Which will surely make Sunday night that much more interesting!  So check this out before the show, and be sure to come back and see how well (or badly) either one of us did in making our picks.  Enjoy!

Best Motion Picture of the Year

…And the nominees are:

Amour

Argo

Beast of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Django Unchained.  A given really, as a Tarantino nerd.  This was by far one of Quentin’s finest works.  But, odds are in a favor of a traditional masterpiece film winning big this year.

Django Unchained

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Django Unchained – A bias exists for me in regards to the works of Tarantino; I freely admit this. A bias will exist throughout this piece – context is important. With that said Django Unchained is the only film on this list which addresses a subject in need of being talked about. Film is not solely about addressing issues. Story is the way we connect, the way we’ve always connected to each other as groupings of people. Film is the story medium of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Story needs to be also entertaining. Django Unchained balances issue and entertainment and more importantly it starts a dialogue from those ideas. Wheatear that conversation is around racism or entertainment doesn’t entirely matter. What matters is Django Unchained leaves an impact on the person watching which makes it the best picture of the year.

Django Unchained

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Lincoln.  Despite additions like Argo & Zero Dark Thirty, a film like Lincoln is going to rule this year, in my opinion.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Beast of the Southern Wild – Zero Dark Thirty reminds us of a time we care to forget as a society. Spielberg, Weinstein, Lee, and Bigelow have won too many awards while Affleck is still too young. The academy loves addressing social issues as long as those issues remain mid road. Django and Tarantino address a social issue but are much too loud in doing so. This leaves Beast of the Southern Wild as the upset. Nobody knew what this film was six months ago. For the academy, the story behind the story of how this film came about is enough to give the voters a reason to choose this film. Even though I haven’t addressed this film yet, the academy wouldn’t have either.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

…And the nominees are:

Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables

Joaquin Phoenix for The Master

Denzel Washington for Flight

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln.  Honestly, I don’t have a real opinion for this one.  Bradley Cooper was great, but easily replaceable.  I was actually pretty impressed with Denzel, but I think Daniel Day-Lewis deserves this the most.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Joaquin Phoenix for The Master – The Master received very mixed reviews with some calling it a masterpiece and others declaring it slow with lost plotting. Following a mixed understanding of the I’m Still Here debacle, an award for the Phoenix would represent a needed comeback for a legitimately great actor. Phoenix received the bulk of the praise for this film, and rightfully so, showing he’s just as good as and better than his award winning performance for Walk the Line.

The Master

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln.  Not to disrespect the other nominees, but they all seem sort of like filler.  I can agree with the absence of Jamie Foxx for Django Unchained, as his role wasn’t exactly leading, but I still think he was amazing.  Maybe not smugged, but definitely not respected.  I do have hopes that Denzel will continue to pick better roles like this and stop with the melodramatic action crap he has been doing.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Bradley Cooper for Silver Lining Playbook – Daniel Day-Lewis has already won so many accolades; he will win more later on. There is no standout reason to give the award to one of the best actors in cinema history this time around. Bradley Cooper on the other hand, well, this is his only shot, ever, and honestly deserving for his performance. Bradley Cooper has a great charisma and is a good actor. The Weinstein’s have enough clout to grab a few awards from the Oscar process – they are very good at gaining awards for their films. Although they don’t have enough clout this time around to make Silver Lining Playbook a best picture but they can definitely pull off a best actor for Bradley cooper who does a good job, just not best actor job. It sure will look good on the Blu-ray cover though.

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

…And the nominees are:

Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva for Amour

Naomi Watts – Impossible

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty.  I enjoyed Jennifer Lawrence’s performance, but just like her counterpart Cooper, anyone could have taken her place and I think any actor on that panel will see the same thing.  Or they at least should.  I think this will be one of those moments where the Academy is simply going to follow suite with the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Zero Dark Thirty

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty. Zero Dark Thirty could represent a closure to an era as understood through film progression. Jessica Chastain performance is remarkable.

Zero Dark Thirty

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty.   I think this will be one of those moments where the Academy is simply going to follow suite with the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Zero Dark Thirty

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty. There wasn’t a better performance in the nominated actresses.

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

…And the nominees are:

Alan Arkin for Argo

Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook

Phillip Seymour Hoffman for The Master

Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln

Christopher Waltz for Django Unchained

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Christopher Waltz for Django Unchained.  Absolutely no questions asked.  Although this is one of the most star studded categories of the event.  And even with that being said, as great as Waltz’s performance was, I would have liked to see Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance nominated instead.  It was by far his greatest work to date.  De Niro would be the closest runner up, and I wouldn’t be too upset if he did win.  We need some more powerful performances from this legend.  Like Denzel, he has been wasting his potential over the last few years.

Django Unchained

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Christopher Waltz for Django Unchained – Christopher Waltz was born to star in Tarantino films. Waltz will grab you by the soul, shake you around, and leave you feeling something completely honest when he delivers his final line of the film. The man is a gift that I wish would have been discovered much sooner in the states but am glad we have him now. The man raises the quality level of everyone around him. Phillip Seymour Hoffman performance came in as a close second, although Waltz did win for Inglorious Bastards, his performance just can’t be denied of needing to win this award again.

Django Unchained

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Christopher Waltz for Django Unchained.  I had actually watched Jones and Arkin do their thing, but neither of them had the charisma of Waltz.  And unless the Academy wants De Niro to push towards not making bullshit cop movies anymore, they probably won’t give it to him.  And Tarantino has become well known in the last twenty years for creating excellent supporting roles.

Django Unchained

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Robert De Niro for Silver Lining Playbook –De Niro hasn’t obtained this level of acting in some time. Having been a lead for so many years, this is the opportunity for the academy to give De Niro a supporting achievement. This will be the first Oscar De Niro will be recognized for in acting talents since his 1991 award for Cape Fear. I’m okay with De Niro’s victory; he did bring his acting ability this time, the only thing is the statue needs to be made from bronze.

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Performance by and Actress in a Supporting Role:

…And the nominees are:

Amy Adams for The Master

Sally Field for Lincoln

Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables

Helen Hunt for The Sessions

Jackie Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Sally Field for Lincoln.  I think Field only stands a chance to win if Lincoln needs a few more wins to advertise on the DVD version of the film.  But, odds are they will go with……

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Helen Hunt for The Sessions – Having been away from mainstream for some time, Helen Hunt returns with a marvelous performance, perhaps her best performance I’ve seen from her. Hunt is able to create a character which will need to be understood from many different perspectives. This is the reason why Hunt deserves this award. She created a character both memorable and humanistic.

The Sessions

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables.  The hype behind this film is too high to not give one award that doesn’t involve music.  Plus Hathaway is basically a young Sally Field, so the judges win either way.

Les Miserables

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Helen Hunt for The Sessions – Having been around for so long, she’s liked and deserving of a life time achievement award or rather a Best Actress in a Supporting Role award. That works too. She really does deserve this award though.

The Sessions

Best Achievement in Directing

…And the nominees are:

Michael Haneke for Amour

Ang Lee for Life of Pi

David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

Stephen Spielberg for Lincoln

Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.  It’s not that the film was really that spectacular, but that’s not really the point, O. Russell just needs to be officially recognized.  No matter, this one seems clear cut to me…

Silver Linings Playbook

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Ang Lee for Life of Pi – Ang Lee has worked in such a variety of different genera. He’s not tide down to any particular theme but his films are still recognized as feeling very Ang Lee. He’s a talented director who carries a soft touch trusting his audiences to be able to play in his sandboxes with subtext and feeling rather than direct direction. Maybe not Hulk. Life of Pie though, it’s good. Well directed.

Life of Pi

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Steven Speilberg for Lincoln.  Spielberg is getting old, and about to join the ranks as Hollywood’s retired elite, and before he receives full- fledged lifetime achievement awards, he needs one more win.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook – The film is not his best work but still an example of phenomenal directing. Silver Linings Playbook is a good movie but this is more about giving recognition for making The Fighter and Three Kings. I’m still happy with this win. Three Kings and The Fighter are examples of great works and David O Russell should be recognized.

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

…And the nominees are:

Michael Haneke for Amour

Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained

John Gatins for Flight

Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom

WHO WANTS TO WIN:  Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained.  Although I would love to see Wes Anderson finally get his moment to shine, Moonrise Kingdom could not hold a candle to Django Unchained.  What is simply another Anderson story of quirkiness and silly heart felt nonsense is going up against a dynamite of a film.

Django Unchained

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained – This is some of Tarantino’s best writing since Pulp Fiction. This is also Tarantino’s first time after so many flirtations with the western genre to actually make a spaghetti western. Although Tarantino is his own worst enemy when it comes to the academy’s vote. He’s too loud!

Django Unchained

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained.  I believe the Academy wants to symbolize that Tarantino is a master storyteller, not a master filmmaker.  This is why they will give him two awards in 18 years.  And it was a terrific story!

Django Unchained

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom – Wes has earned his award, having won just about everything else other than an Oscar. It’s just sad Wes Anderson’s win will be in the same year as Django Unchained. Moonrise Kingdom is the current apex of Anderson’s career and deserving of being recognized.

Moonrise Kingdom

Best Writing, Screenplay based on Material Previously Produced or Published

…And the nominees are:

Chris Terrio for Argo

Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

David Magee for Life of Pi

Tony Kushner for Lincoln

David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.  Honestly, I don’t see this happening, but again, I think David O. Russell deserves a prize for his stellar career.

Silver Linings Playbook

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook – From my options in this category, David O. Russell stands out. He’s a great writer in both original and previously published material.

Silver Linings Playbook

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Chris Terrio for Argo.  Again, it’s all about hype.  This film really has no reason to be nominated so much, it’s just hype.  But, since this is such a beloved story of American triumph, though one could say the same for Lincoln obviously, and it was so well received, I think this one just might edge past Lincoln.  Maybe, especially since Argo has been one of the most winningest films in all other arenas, and they failed to even nominate Ben Affleck for his work, or Argo for enough awards altogether.

Argo

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Chris Terrio for Argo – Argo needs to win something… Damn you Zero Dark Thirty. This is 1998 Armageddon meets Deep Impact all over again.

Argo

Best Achievement in Cinematography

…And the nominees are:

Seamus McGarvey for Anna Karenina

Robert Richardson for Django Unchained

Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi

Janusz Kaminski for Lincoln

Roger Deakins for Skyfall

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Robert Richardson for Django Unchained.  Second only to Inglorious Basterds, this was one of the best looking films Tarantino has ever made.  And obviously I am going to go for anything this film is nominated for.

Django Unchained

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Roger Deakins for Skyfall – The film is beautifull with countless memorable compositions; the film is art in motion. Django Unchanged has many great compositions as well but the one aspect I think Unchanged missed was the grand epic shot. Tarantino holds Sergio Leone as one of the greatest directors. In thinking about Once Upon A Time in the West, Django Unchanged missed on creating some of those grand open spaces which westerns require. Skyfall feels large and still would if the dialogue was removed.

Skyfall

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Janusz Kaminski for Lincoln.  I’m saddened to think that this might be a throw away award.  But, I think that is exactly what it will be.  Unless they want to give it to Ang Lee and all the computers he used.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Roger Deakins for Skyfall – Skyfall was snubbed out of a few categories which it should have at least been nominated in. This win will be the academy honoring the film. How is it in the year you celebrate 50 years of Bond and only have nine films nominated for best picture Skyfall doesn’t make the cut? Even numbers! Skyfall should have been number ten, but it will still win most pretty!

Skyfall

Best Achievement in Costume Design

…And the nominees are:

Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina

Paco Delgado for Les Miserables

Joanna Johnston for Lincoln

Eiko Ishioka for Mirror Mirror

Colleen Atwood for Snow White and the Huntsman

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Joanna Johnston for Lincoln.  There was some pretty fancy attire in this damn movie.  I really couldn’t call it, but why not go with it.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Joanna Johnston for Lincoln – Those politicians looked good in their tall hats. It will be tough fight. Paco Delgado for Les Miserables too. This was a tough one.

Lincoln

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Joanna Johnston for Lincoln.  Like I said, throw aways.  They need to add to Lincoln’s resume, hence, awesome costumes!

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Paco Delgado for Les Miserables – Musicals haven’t done well in a long time. Here’s some love.

Les Miserables

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

…And the nominees are:

John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, & Jose Antonio Garcia for Argo

Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, & Simon Hayes for Les Miserables

Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, & Drew Kunin for Life of Pi

Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, & Ron Judkins for Lincoln

Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, & Stuart Wilson for Skyfall

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Scott Milan, Greg P. Russell, & Stuart Wilson for Skyfall.  I don’t know too much about Sound Mixing, but dammit this is James Bond!  That has to be a tough one to mix and jingle, right?

Skyfall

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, & Stuart Wilson for Skyfall – The action sequences are well balanced; never feeling over powering in any single layer of sound. More importantly the quiet moments have a sense about them of intimacy that few quiet moments are allow to have. There is still mixing in the quiet moments and those moments can be the hardest to create nuance.

Skyfall

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom & Ron Judkins for Lincoln.  Everyone loves a big film with big awards.  This will be another easy victory if Lincoln takes it all home.  Unless the Academy wants to honor the 50th Anniversary of Bond, then I will completely wrong a few more times as well.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, & Simon Hayes for Les Miserables – The actors sang on stage. They didn’t prerecord their lines. This is an accomplishment and very unique in musicals. I’m just not the biggest musical fan. That damn bias again. I’m sorry. I respect the genera, most of it. Not Mamma Mia. Never. Les Miserables should win though.

Les Miserables

Best Achievement in Editing

…And the nominees are:

William Goldenberg for Argo

Tim Squyres for Life of Pi

Michael Kahn for Lincoln

Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers for Silver Linings Playbook

William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor for Zero Dark Thirty

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor for Zero Dark Thirty.  I don’t know why I would really go for this one.  I just think that the grittiness and torture related sequences might be most attractive to anyone judging this category.  Yeah, let’s go with that.

Zero Dark Thirty

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor for Zero Dark Thirty – The movie is really tight. There hardly is a moment for an audience to become distracted with shiny things. This is pretty amazing since everyone knows how the film ends. Argo would have won if not for Zero Dark Thirty. Damn you again Deep Impact.

Zero Dark Thirty

Who Ron thinks will win:  Michael Kahn for Lincoln.  Again, I’m shooting for Lincoln.  Not that I want to, but it’s just some thoughts.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor for Zero Dark Thirty – The film is really deserving of the win.

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

…And the nominees are:

Erik Aadahl & Ethan Van der Ryn for Argo

Wylie Stateman for Django Unchained

Eugene Gearty & Philip Stockton

Per Hallberg & Karen M. Baker for Skyfall

Paul N.J. Ottosson for Zero Dark Thirty

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Wylie Stateman for Django Unchained.  Yes,yes, yes.  Another vote for Django.  Sue me, it’s my damn blog!  But also, the sound of this film was a great blend of Spaghetti Western vibes and the new age of cinema.  And yes, if you figured it out by now, I am hoping Django wins every damn award possible!

Django Unchained

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom & Ron Judkins for Lincoln – They recoded the sound of a carriage door closing that Lincoln actually road in. How do you top this? Not even nominated. What the hell!

Lincoln

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Per Hallberg & Karen M. Baker for Skyfall.  I seriously think Bond is going to take the technical field.  I was rooting for The Dark Knight Rises to show up, but with no Bruce Wayne, I’m going for Bond.

Skyfall

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Eugene Gearty & Philip Stockton – Life of Pi – For a film taking place on a dinghy with a tiger – great sound effects.

Life of Pi

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

…And the nominees are:

Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, & Daniel Sudick for The Avengers

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, & R. Christopher White for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, & Donald Elliott for Life of Pi

Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill for Prometheus

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Phil Brennan, Neil Corbould, & Michael Dawson for Snow White and the Huntsman

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton & R. Christopher White for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  The Hobbit is a perfect way to combine literature with a technical award.  So there you go.

The Hobbit

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill for Prometheus – Prometheus was beautiful. The real and the created blended together nearly seamless. This isn’t about story, the film looked good. 48 FPS for The Hobbit off and the Huntsman, well no, they can’t win.

Promethus

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, & R. Christopher White for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Only because I think Life of Pi is going to be left high and dry.  And that the Academy is going to conjur up the horrors of the past when the gave that stupid ass third installment of Lord of the Rings an Oscar for Best Picture.  The biggest screw up in history since Marisa Tomei.

The Hobbit

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, & Donald Elliott for Life of Pi – That Tiger looked really good.

Life of Pi

Best Achievement in Make Up and Hairstyling

…And the nominees are:

Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, & Martin Samuel for Hitchcock

Peter King, Rick Findlater, & Tami Lane for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Lisa Westcott & Julie Darnell for Les Miserables

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, & Martin Samuel for Hitchcock.  I just really liked this film.  I felt as though I was living in 1959 the whole time!

Hitchcock

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Peter King, Rick Findlater, & Tami Lane for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Fantasy and science fiction is the hardest make up to create. Actors may be seated for hours each day to simply perform a single line of dialog. As Peter Jackson is known for his practical effects mixed with his CGI world, there was much work to be done in Middle Earth.

The Hobbit

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Peter King, Rick Findlater, & Tami Lane for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Yeah, I’m pretty certain this is the shoe-in.

The Hobbit

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Peter King, Rick Findlater, & Tami Lane for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – This would be the only category The Hobbit could win in as the film itself came and went. The original trilogy having already won so many accolades, this would be a token gift although still deserving. Les Miserables could upset though.

The Hobbit

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

…And the nominees are:

J. Ralph for Chasing Ice, “Before My Time”

Alain Boublil, Claude-Michael Schonberg, & Herbert Kretzmer for Les Miserables, “Suddenly”

Mychael Danna & Bombay Jashree for Life of Pi, “Pi’s Lullaby”

Adele & Paul Epworth for Skyfall, “Skyfall”

Walter Murphy & Seth MacFarlane for Ted, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend”

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Walter Murphy & Seth MacFarlane for Ted, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend”.  Why the hell not?  The Family guy dude, and the host, winning an Oscar?  Stranger things have happened than a film about a pot smoking teddy bear winning a statue.

Ted

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Adele & Paul Epworth for Skyfall – It’s one of the better Bond songs in a long tradition – a Bond song never having actually won an Oscar. This would have been the year with how good Skyfall was and how well the song played into the tone. Also, 50 years of Bond being celebrated and people vote on these things.

Skyfall

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Alain Boublil, Claude-Michael Schonberg, & Herbert Kretzmer for Les Miserables, “Suddenly”.  Les Miz is one of biggest musicals to come out recently.  There is no way this one can lose.  And if Adele does win, I might just rip my own heart out.  That is Golden Globe shit, Yo.

Les Miserables

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Adele & Paul Epworth for Skyfall – Les Miserables is a musical, it should win best song. Again, 50 years of Bond and Adel is hip with the young people who they need to watch for ratings. Sorry Miserables.

Skyfall

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

…And the nominees are:

Dario Marianelli for Anna Karenina

Alexandre Desplat for Argo

Mychael Danna for Life of Pi

John Williams for Lincoln

Thomas Newman for Skyfall

WHO RON THINKS SHOULD WIN:  John Williams for Lincoln.  John Williams is a beast.  Everyone knows this.  And his association with Speilberg is impeccable.  His legendary status is obvious, and on par with Speilberg himself.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: John Williams for Lincoln – There’s not a lot to say. John Williams.

Lincoln

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  John Williams for Lincoln.  I’m going with the “no, duh” logic here.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Dario Marianelli for Anna Karenina – Anna Karenina can’t get shut out. This is a nice win.

Anna Karenina

(Omit the Best Short Film, Animated, Best Short Film, Live Action, Best Documentary, Short Subjects categories.  We honestly are not knowledgable enough to even try to figure these ones out.)

Best Documentary, Feature

…And the nominees are:

5 Broken Cameras

The Gatekeepers

How to Survive a Plague

The Invisible War

Searching for Sugar Man

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Searching for Sugar Man.  I actually saw this one, and I thought it was great, as a music nerd.  But, I don’t think it will stand a chance against secrets and war and rape and such.  Too bad.

Searching For Sugar Man

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Haven’t seen yet.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi for 5 Broken Cameras.  This one and The Invisible War probably had the biggest hype.  Basically a coin flip.

5 Broken Cameras

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Did not see. Most known social issue of last three months while remaining mid road for ratings.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

…And the nominess are:

Amour

War Witch

No

A Royal Affair

Kon-Tiki

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Amour.  I would have gone with Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, since it was mostly Italian.  But, Amour seemed pretty interesting as well.

Amour

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Haven’t seen yet.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Amour.  There is no real debate here.  It’s been nominated too many times.

Amour

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Amour – Nominated all over the place. Most of the academy probably haven’t seen these films but they have seen the name Amour a few times, so why not.

Amour

Best Animate Feature Film of the Year

…And the nominees are:

Brave

Frankenweenie

ParaNorman

The Pirates!  Band of Misfits

Wreck-It Ralph

WHO RON THINKS SHOULD WIN Frankenweenie.  I just think Tim Burton is owed.  I haven’t really enjoyed much of what he has done lately, even if he always features my favorite A-list actor.  P.S.  Stay tuned for my Travelogue post about my visit to the Tim Burton Exhibit at the Seoul Museam of Arts and Culture.  That’s write, a shameless plug.  Always.

Frankenweenie

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Brave – I’m okay with Pixar owning the animation realm. They deserve it. They always put story first (Cars does not count, they need money to make these things, I understand). Brave represents a continuation of the Juggernaut that is Pixar. The academy does like to give out its dues though.

Brave

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Brave.  Yeah, it’s another year for the folks at Disney.

Brave

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Frankenweenie – Tim Burrton is owed. Why not give it to him for a remake of his original work. Again, more of lifetime achievement award. Not for Planet of the Apes though. No.

Frankenweenie

Best Achievement in Production Design

…And the nominees are:

Sarah Greenwood, & Katie Spencer for Anna Karenina

Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, & Simon Bright for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Eve Stewart & Anna Lynch-Robinson for Les Miserables

David Gropman & Anna Pinnock for Life of Pi

Rick Carter & Jim Erickson for Lincoln

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN:  Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, & Simon Bright for The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThese damn movies take forever to make!  Imagine how much damn work has to be put into what is not CGI?  I might be missing out on the impact of Life of Pi, and for that I am sorry.  I’m not even a LOR fan.

The Hobbit

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Eve Stewart & Anna Lynch-Robinson – I would like to see Les Miserables win for something. I’m not a musical fan. It’s my biases. It’s very hard to keep my attention. I would like to understand musicals more but I’ve yet to ever find one that really brought me in and showed me what this whole thing was about. I do respect the genera and would want to see it win something for the clear quality of work it represents even though I don’t understand it.

Les Miserables

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  Rick Carter & Jim Erickson for Lincoln.  Again, sticking to my guns here.  It’s a year for Speilberg and Honest Abe.

Lincoln

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Rick Carter & Jim Erickson for Lincoln – To win you must first be a period piece and two be under the management of Steven Spielberg’s direction. Lincoln won’t win a lot but it will win here.

Lincoln

So there you have it folks!!  Be sure to tune in to the Academy Awards this Sunday, and be sure to check out Trainwreck’d Society on Facebook and Twitter, we might just be there to give our snarky comments as the show progresses, depending on how much wine or corn whiskey Chris and I have consumed.  Be sure to check back here on the big day to see how well/awful we did at our predictions.  Cheers!

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