Thursday, February 21, 2013

3 Days Until Oscar: Today A Look at the Looks/More No

Good Thursday to you!

I continue my week long countdown to Oscar night with a look today at where the Oscar races are for categories that have everything to do with how a film looks: Production Design, Costumes and Makeup and Hair.

But first up, here's an update of the Best Picture race...has "Argo" lost any steam over the past few days?

Our panel of Oscar experts includes the published predictions of the following:

Sasha Stone/Awards Daily
Scott Feinberg/The Feinberg Forecast-The Hollywood Reporter
Kristopher Tapley/InContention-HitFix
Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood-IndieWire
Peter Knegt/IndieWire
Brad Brevet/Rope of Silicon
Clayton Davis/Awards Circuit
Alex Carlson/Film Misery


1) Argo (1)
2) Lincoln (2)
3) Silver Linings Playbook (3)
4) Life of Pi (4)
5) Amour (5)
6) Zero Dark Thirty (6)
7) Beasts of the Southern Wild (8)
8) Les Miserables (7)
9) Django Unchained (9)

Comment:  Not a lot of change since Monday.  "Argo" remains the prohibitive favorite.  "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" are essentially tied for the #2 spot and thus regarded equally as the possibilities for an "upset".  "beasts" and "Les Mis" trade spots near the bottom.  One last check for this category coming with the Big Final Roundup on Sunday.


1) Anna Karenina (1)
2) Life of Pi (3)
3) Lincoln (2)
4) Les Miserables (4)
5) The Hobbit (5)

Comment: "Anna Karenina's" lead is substantial but not sufficient to be called a "lock".  It would appear that there is a surge toward "Life of Pi" and it will be interesting to see, if in Sunday's post, "Pi" has closed the lead down any further.  "Lincoln" and "Les Miserables" aren't completely out of the conversation but, realistically, this looks like a showdown between "Anna" and "Pi".


1) Anna Karenina (1)
2) Lincoln (2)
3) Les Miserables (3)
4) Mirror Mirror (4)
5) Snow White and the Huntsman (5)

Comment:  This is a very stable category with "Anna Karenina" a prohibitive favorite.


1) The Hobbit (1)
2) Les Miserables (2)
3) Hitchcock (3)

Comment:  A race too close to call between "Hobbit" and "Les Mis".


Pablo Larrain's film "no" is Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and was on the program at TFF #39.  It's receiving a good amount of notice in  the press right now as a result of its nomination and the fact that its limited U.S. release this week.

Here are a couple of posts that appeared this week for "no":

From the New York Times:

And from Hugh Hart writing at


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