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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Production Design

In 2018, the five nominees for Best Production Design are exceedingly diverse. None of these films have sets that look like the rest. Kinda makes my job a little harder, huh?

Oh well, no one asked me to do this in the first place.

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The Nominees:

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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Editing

Editing. It is a fundamental component to the film form. Without it…oh man, I’m getting sick of writing the preambles in these articles. Best Editing is an Oscar category. We all know this. Let’s get into it.

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The Nominees:

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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Costume Design

Best Costume Design is never the hardest category to predict. In general, the most ornate or baroque costuming lends itself to a winning film. Most years, there are only one or two clear front-runners to choose from.

This year is not entirely different, but there are a few different scenarios in which this category could go.

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The Nominees:

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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography is shaping up to be an exciting, if not predictable, category in 2018. A couple of bits of trivia. Roger Deakins, the front-runner, has been nominated for Oscars 14 times in the past and has never won. The man essentially invented the way movies are color graded today, so he kind of deserves the recognition.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the nomination for Rachel Morrison for Mudbound marks the first time in Academy history that a woman has been nominated for Best Cinematography. I remember at some point in my academic career I was given a statistic that the number of employed female DPs in Hollywood only make up about 3% of DPs (don’t quote me on this exact number). It is surprising how the world of cinematographers is still a boy’s club, and thus this nomination for Morrison is a pretty big deal.

So…should we talk winners and losers now?

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The Nominees:

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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Original Score

The 2018 crop of Best Original Score nominees is mainly comprised of familiar faces to the Academy: Williams, Desplat, Zimmer, etc. That said, there’s one newcomer to the Oscar-nominee club that could shake things up in this category.

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The Nominees:

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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Sound (Editing and Mixing)

With the two sound categories—Sound Mixing and Sound Editing—holding the same five nominees, it is tempting to give the win for both awards to the same film. While usually I would warn against this notion, this year the possibility for that happening is certainly there.

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Best Sound Mixing:

The Nominees:

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2018 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Original Screenplay

This year, Best Original Screenplay is a category stacked with talent. All five of the scripts here are sharp, personal, and powerful when they need to be.

Only one can win, of course, so let’s talk about it,

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The Nominees:

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