2017 Oscar Predictions, Technical Categories

By: Henry J. Fromage –

Kicking off a look at each category of the Oscars, today we’ll take a look at the technical and below the line categories.

Best Cinematography

  1. Linus Sandgren, La La Land
  2. James Laxton, Moonlight
  3. Bradford Young, Arrival
  4. Greig Fraser, Lion
  5. Rodrigo Prieto, Silence

You’re going to notice some familiar films here, although they constitute a lot of first-time, and arguably overdue, nominees.  I think Greig Fraser gets in here, too, although whether it’s for Lion or Rogue One is an open question.  Here’s pretty much the only place Silence has been showing strength, but don’t be surprised to see Seamus McGarvey for Nocturnal Animals, Simon Duggan for Hacksaw Ridge, Stephane Fontaine for Jackie, or even perpetual bridesmaid Roger Deakins for Hail, Caesar!


Best Production Design

  1. La La Land
  2. Arrival
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 0.5
  4. Jackie
  5. Silence

Call it a quirk, but I have no damn interest whatsoever in Fantastic Beasts (Harry Potter & Eddie Redmayne?  Hooray.)  However, many are calling it a lock.  I do know the first two up there qualify as such, and I guess I can’t begrudge The Danish Muggle even though it means I need to sit through that crap.  Jackie’s looking strong as well, and is wholly deserving, and Silence is also getting a lot of love.  Don’t be surprised if Hacksaw Ridge, Hail, Caesar!, or particularly Rogue One get the call, either.  The Handmaiden and Passengers would be deserving, but dark horse choices as well.


Best Sound Editing

  1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Hacksaw Ridge
  3. Arrival
  4. Deepwater Horizon
  5. Sully

Sound Editing means Sound Effects means Explosions, most years, so hi there, Rogue One and Hacksaw RidgeArrival is as good as any Dennis Villeneuve film in this category and very deserving.  After that, one of Peter Berg’s true life action films is likely to make the cut if they don’t cancel out, and this might be the only place Sully figures.  The Jungle Book, Dr. Strange, and even La La Land could certainly make it, though (and if the latter happens, we’re talking one hell of a sweep to come).


Best Sound Mixing

  1. La La Land
  2. Arrival
  3. Hacksaw Ridge
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  5. Silence

Sound Mixing is just what it sounds like, and the right category for La La Land to dominate.  Action and SciFi also do quite well in this category as well.  Strangely enough, Silence apparently takes some good sound mixing as well…


Best Visual Effects

  1. Dr. Strange
  2. The Jungle Book
  3. Arrival
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  5. Captain America: Civil War

It’s all about CGI spectacle these days, and the above are perhaps our biggest this year, give or take a Fantastic BeastKubo and the Two Strings would be nice to see, though.


Best Editing

  1. La La Land
  2. Moonlight
  3. Manchester by the Sea
  4. Arrival
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The best bet in this category is to go with Best Picture contenders, and a miss from one of those here is a sign it’s not a serious player for the win.  This year that means less, but I expect each of our top three to figure.  After that, you can pretty much choose from the contenders, with Jackie and Arrival’s editing standing out to me in particular, and Hacksaw Ridge’s to other folks.  For the last slot, I decided to match The Force Awakens choice from last year, as Rogue One probably had even more craftsmanship than that film and nearly as much profile.


Best Original Song

  1. “City of Stars”, La La Land
  2. “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, La La Land
  3. “How Far I’ll Go”, Moana
  4. “Running”, Hidden Figures
  5. “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls

La La Land isn’t just getting one song in, it’s two, and it’s still hard picking between them.  “Another Day of Sun” is a personal favorite, but the two above probably have the inside track.  In the non-La La Land division, “How Far I’ll Go” is pretty safe, and “Running” is getting a lot of mention.   13th, Sing, Miss Sharon Jones, Zootopia, and Sing Street all have their potential, but I’ll go with the biggest hit in the race for the last spot.


Best Original Score

  1. Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
  2. Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
  3. Michael Giacchino, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Mica Levi, Jackie
  5. Hauschka & Dustin O’Halloran, Lion

Arrival is not eligible, so nope.  It wouldn’t have mattered, since Justin Hurwitz has this in the bag.  The others here are safe guesses, and in particular it would be great to see Levi get in here, but more traditional pablum like Fantastic Beasts could certainly show up as well.

Even the Academy’s John Williams love isn’t enough for The BFG to get in, right?  Right?


Best Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Deadpool
  2. A Man Called Ove
  3. Florence Foster Jenkins

For reasons unknown, we’re looking at only 3 nominees in this category, from a short list of 8.  These are the three that are showing up on most lists, but any of Star Trek Beyond, The Dressmaker, Suicide Squad, or Hail, Caesar! could make it in.


Best Costume Design

  1. Jackie
  2. La La Land
  3. Fantastic Beasts
  4. Silence
  5. Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie is tailor-made for this category, and, surprise, La La Land is a big player.  Fantastic Beasts is already selling their stuff for popular consumption, take that as you will, and depending on who you ask, the last two are actually your leaders in the category.

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