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Oscars ‘13: Predictions, part two - Crafts

First Published      Last Updated Feb 24 2014 11:14 am

Welcome to day two of The Cricket's predictions for the 85th annual Academy Awards — today featuring the craft categories: Cinematography, production design, costume design and the two music categories - original score and original song.

On Tuesday, the Cricket predicted the technical categories. The Cricket will discuss the specialty features (animated, documentary and foreign-language) and the short-film categories (animated, documentary and live-action) on Thursday. The major categories will get their due Friday, on this blog and in the print edition of The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Cricket will be live-tweeting the Oscar ceremony Sunday (the ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, with ABC's red-carpet pre-show starting at 5 p.m.) at @moviecricket.



The nominees are: Seamus McGarvey, "Anna Karenina"; Robert Richardson, "Django Unchained"; Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"; Janusz Kaminski, "Lincoln"; Roger Deakins, "Skyfall."

Who will win: Claudio Miranda's gorgeous visuals gave "Life of Pi" its life. Bet on it to win, though Janusz Kaminski's glowing images for "Lincoln" may pull an upset.

Who should win: Roger Deakins (here with his 10th nomination, and with no wins so far) gave James Bond a sleek, seductive look in "Skyfall."


Production Design

The nominees are: Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration), "Anna Karenina"; Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration), "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"; Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration), "Les Misérables"; David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), "Life of Pi"; Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration), "Lincoln."

Who will win: In this category (formerly called "art direction"), it's safe to go with the biggest, fanciest period piece — which in this case isn't the stately "Lincoln" but the glittery "Anna Karenina."

Who should win: The sets in "Anna Karenina" weren't just designed to sit there, but to move in elaborate choreography within the massive theater in which director Joe Wright placed Tolstoy's story.


Costume Design

The nominees are: Jacqueline Durran, "Anna Karenina"; Paco Delgado, "Les Misérables"; Joanna Johnston, "Lincoln"; Eiko Ishioka, "Mirror Mirror"; Colleen Atwood, "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Who will win: "Anna Karenina," the most opulent of the bunch.

Who should win: The two wicked queens — Julia Roberts in "Mirror Mirror" and Charlize Theron in "Snow White and the Huntsman" — both wore the most beautifully evil gowns. One vote for "Mirror Mirror," where the costumes were slightly kookier.



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