2013 Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win In Every Category

By Katey Rich 2013-02-21 16:19:53discussion comments
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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall
And the winner is: Skyfall. As one of the most gorgeous films to ever be shot all-digitally, and with master Roger Deakins still without a single Oscar, Skyfall's win would be a symbolic nod toward the future as well as recognition for the long-overdue Deakins. Then again, Life of Pi is equally forward-thinking, and it has a ton of support in technical categories. Yet another call that feels almost impossible to make.

COSTUME DESIGN

Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman
And the winner is: Anna Karenina. This is a category where under-seen films can often triumph on the power of their amazing dresses-- see The Duchess, The Young Victoria and Elizabeth: The Golden Age-- and with no clear other frontrunner, Anna Karenina and its amazing corsets should take it. I've got a sentimental hope, though, for Mirror Mirror's completely nutsy dresses made by the late Eiko Ishioka.

FILM EDITING

Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
And the winner is: Argo. There's a historically close association between Best Picture and Best Editing-- it's nigh-on impossible to win the former without the latter-- and this is a good place to put all those good feelings toward Argo of late. No, this prize won't actually go to Ben Affleck, but you get the idea.

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
And the winner is: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is, frankly, an uninspiring set of nominees, with no opportunity to reward the incredible transformation at the center of Lincoln. But if we're thinking "most makeup" I suppose we have to go with hobbits, and I imagine that will be the logic of most of those voting too.

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
And the winner is: Lincoln. The production design in Anna Karenina is fairly miraculous, but I worry for the sake of this little-seen movie. Instead I think, again, affection for Lincoln-- and its incredible recreations of Civil War-era Washington-- can win out here. But honestly, it doesn't seem safe to rule out a single one of these contenders.
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