Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Oscars Week, Part II of IV

Film Editing
    The Nominees:
    Cinderella Man
    The Constant Gardener
  • Crash
    Munich
  • Walk the Line


    What will happen?
    I'm still not entirely clear on how you can tell if an editing job was good without seeing every single bit of cut film or alternately angled shots. The two movies I saw were equally unobtrusively edited so I'm going to vote for Munich which is almost Munch which evokes memories of eating tasty foods like pizza and herb-roasted chicken.
Cinematography
    The Nominees:
  • Batman Begins
    Brokeback Mountain
    Good Night, and Good Luck.
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    The New World

    What will happen?
    Did anyone actually watch Good Night, and Good Luck.? Like a rash-inducing laxative, that period on the end of the title annoys the poop out of me. I'm going to throw my vote at Memoirs of a Geisha because it's sufficiently worldly and probably has grand, sweeping, cinematography in it.
Costume Design
    The Nominees:
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Mrs. Henderson Presents
    Pride & Prejudice
  • Walk the Line

    What will happen?
    I don't think movies with American costumes from the past century ever win, and Pride & Prejudice looks just like every other snooty British setting ever seen. This one will be won by Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Makeup
    The Nominees:
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Cinderella Man
    Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

    What will happen?
    Star Wars of any kind winning an Oscar would just be terribly, terribly unfortunate. I would probably throw up out of my mouth a lot, and then put it back in my mouth so the throw-up wouldn't be in the same atmosphere as an Oscar-winning Star Wars. With that out of the way, Narnia will beat Cinderella Man, because there's always more makeup in fantasy flicks (even though those kids are funny-looking). What did they do in Cinderella Man besides pretty up all the extras that Russell Crowe threw phones at?
Visual Effects
    The Nominees:
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    King Kong
    War of the Worlds

    What will happen?
    Only three nominees? And the best they could do was a lion, an ape, and some aliens? I'm voting for King Kong because the previews for Narnia looked exactly like Lord of the Rings, and there's no one left in New Zealand who hasn't already gotten an Oscar for helping out with those kinds of visual effects. Besides, I hear King Kong had some dinosaurs or something. Any dinosaur effects will lay the groundwork to make the planned Jurassic Park 4 the masterpiece it was always meant to be.
Art Direction
    The Nominees:
    Good Night, and Good Luck.
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    King Kong
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Pride & Prejudice

    What will happen?
    Initially Good Night to My Period seems like it would be a contender until you realize it's all in black and white, and there hasn't been a classy black and white movie since Memento. Of the remaining movies, I'm going to vote for Memoirs of a Geisha because it's more serious than wizards and apes. I would vote for Pride and Prejudice but if that won, it would just compel more lazy high school teachers to show it in class instead of teaching.

To be continued tomorrow...

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