Oscar Predictions Part 5: Round-up

Oscar night looms this Sunday. Over the last month Zap! BANG! has brought you its predictions for the main categories, now it presents a run down of the rest. Check back next week for a full list of winners, and how our predictions compared.

Best Animated Feature Film
Nominees: Howl’s Moving Castle, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Hayao Miyazaki’s follow-up to Spirited Away was not such a shared magical experience so do not expect to see Howl’s Moving Castle on the winners’ list. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride was well received, but suffered from lacking much depth to its story. Three times winner in the Animated Short category, it is most likely that Nick Park will take home the honours for his excellent forth outing for Wallace and Gromit.

Art Direction
Nominees: Good Night, and Good Luck, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha, Pride and Prejudice
A battle between three period pieces, one period piece with an onus on special effects and a family fantasy/adventure. The Academy generally go for a lavish yet composed production of a historical period so expect Memoirs of A Geisha to pick up an award here. Its attention to detail in its recreation of Kyoto and lush dance routines should make it stand out.

Nominees: Batman Begins, Brokeback Mountain, Good Night, and Good Luck, Memoirs of a Geisha, The New World
Another award generally favouring dramas, Brokeback Mountain must surely rank as the favourite thanks to some stunning mountain landscapes and shots capable of saying a thousand words while the characters say nothing.

Costume Design
Nominees: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Memoirs of a Geisha, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Pride and Prejudice, Walk the Line
Memoirs of a Geisha would not have made an impact with audiences were it not for the stunning costumes worn by the women so it should be another Oscar for the Rob Marshall film. Walk the Line and Pride and Prejudice will give it a run for its money though.

Documentary Feature
Nominees: Darwin’s Nightmare, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, March of the Penguins, Murderball, Street Fight
Hard to call – being in the UK, I have only seen two of these. If it is a straight popularity contest, March of the Penguins should win hands down after becoming a huge box office draw. I’m not even going to attempt to predict further, let alone try the documentary short category.
Still the nominees are: The Death Club of Kevin Carter, God Sleeps in Rwanda, The Mushroom Club, A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

Film editing
Nominees: Cinderella Man, The Constant Gardener, Crash, Munich, Walk the Line
The non-linear narratives of The Constant Gardener and Crash rely on their editing for impact and slick styling so it will probably be a straight fight between the two. Crash faces stiff competition in its other categories, but could well triumph here as a consolation prize.

Foreign Language Film
Nominees: Don’t Tell, Joyeux Noel, Paradise Now, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, Tsotsi
Another category I can’t really predict the winner for. Sorry!

Nominees: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Cinderella Man, Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Generally a winner for a fantasy film with flashy effects, look for Star Wars to pick up the gong here.

Music (Score)
Nominees: Brokeback Mountain, The Constant Gardener, Memoirs of a Geisha, Munich, Pride and Prejudice
Two nominations for Academy-friendly John Williams for Memoirs[‘i] and Munich, oft-nominated but not a winner since 1982 for E.T. Still, the best bet is probably the heart-renderingly sad score from Gustavo Santaolalla for Brokeback.

Music (Song)
Nominees: “In the Deep” from Crash, “It’s Hard Out Here Being a Pimp” from Hustle and Flow, “Travellin’ Thru” from Transamerica
Erm, not really that bothered by this one. Could go to any of them, but Dolly Parton’s song for Transamerica would make up for being overlooked for Nine to Five way back in 1980.

Sound Editing
Nominees: King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha, War of the Worlds
Surely a fight between the blockbuster remake heavyweights of 2005. War of the Worlds was a visual and audio feast – expect the Tom Cruise vehicle to come out on top due to its immersive action sequences.

Sound Mixing
Nominees: The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha, Walk the Line, War of the Worlds
All the singing performances in Walk the Line were outstanding with Phoenix making an excellent Cash impersonator. It would be a deserving winner.

Visual effects
Nominees: The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, War of the Worlds
Perhaps King Kong should get something because of all the money spent on it, but do not discount relatively cheap of the three, The Chronicles of Narnia, for beating the giant ape to the prize as it did at the box office.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominees: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, The Constant Gardener, A History of Violence, Munich
It would be great to see A History of Violence, adapted from a graphic novel, be recognised for the achievement of so powerfully bringing it to the screen. However, the sweeping of the board that Brokeback Mountain threatens makes it the favourite.

Writing (Original screenplay)
Nominees: Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck, Match Point, The Squid and the Whale, Syriana
Paul Haggis will probably be expecting something here after losing out last year in the same category with Million Dollar Baby. Match Point is still not classic Woody Allen and Stephen Gaghan won with Traffic so may also be overlooked for Syriana. The Squid and the Whale could be the surprise package, Good Night, and Good Luck is the prestige choice. Haggis is the most likely winner.

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