Wednesday, May 18, 2011

85th Oscar Art Direction First Entries (2012-2013 Awards Season) (5/18/11)

My first predictions for the 85th Oscar Art Direction race (2012-2013 Awards Season)

1. Yohei Taneda and Yoshihito Akatsuka for The 13 Women Of Nanjing (Predicted Winner)
2. Dali
3. Uli Hanisch and Owen Paterson for Cloud Atlas
4. Craig Stearns for Savannah
5. Chris Kennedy and Maria Nay for The Wettest County In The World

6. Rick Heinrichs for Dark Shadows
7. The Greatest Showman On Earth
8. Dan Hennah for The Hobbit Part 1
9. Nathan Crowley for The Dark Knight Rises
10. Lincoln
11. Daniel Fu Dung for The Monkey King
12. Mirco Rocchi for The Absinthe Drinkers
13. Anna Karenina
14. James J. Murakami and Gary Fettis for J. Edgar
15. Arvinder Grewal for Cosmopolis
16. David Gropman and Anna Pinnock for Life Of Pi
17. Bill Grom for Selma
18. Scott Chambliss for Untitled Star Trek Sequel
19. The Zookeeper’s Wife
20. William Chang for The Grandmasters
21. Simon Bowles for Hyde Park On Hudson
22. The Danish Girl
23. Arthur Max and Sonja Klaus for Prometheus
24. Logan’s Run
25. Nigel Phelps for World War Z
26. Untitled Yang Guifei Project
27. Paradise Lost
28. James H. Spencer for Macbett: The Caribbean Macbeth
29. Mina
30. Pablo Escobar
31. Wild Roses, Tender Roses
32. Roger Ford And Karrie Brown for The Raven
33. Jan Roelfs and Elli Griff for 47 Ronin
34. Great Expectations
35. Florence Of Arabia
36. Cobalt Neural 9
37. The Wrong Picture
38. Effie
39. Keeper Of The Pinstripes
40. Miss Saigon
41. Hemingway & Fuentes
42. Anna In The Tropics
43. Allan Starski for Starbright
44. Francois Auduoy and Cheryl Carasik for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
45. A Star Is Born
46. Stuart Craig and Stephenie McMillan for Gambit
47. Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby
48. Big Shoe
49. Connemara Days
50. Nina

As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!
See Art Direction predictions for other years HERE.
If you’re into art, you might also like Costume Design and Makeup.
See predictions for other categories at the 85th Oscars HERE.
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  1. Originally posted by lime_vortep on June 29, 2011 4:04 Am:

    I have been working with Oscar predictions for 7 years, and I really like yours, but even an predix amateur must put The Hobbit in frontrunning position in the Art Direction and Makeup categories. Seriously. Those are the two you just don't miss.

    Overall good job.

  2. Originally posted by NeverTooEarlyMP on June 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm:

    Thanks for checking out my blog, lime_vortep. If you've been watching for 7 years you must have seen lots of these sites come and go, so hopefully I can keep mine running.

    I'll probably move the Hobbit up for these categories in the next round. My only rationale, as the new kid on the block, is that I kept wondering whether at some point there might be (another) backlash against this franchise.

    It's not necessarily a comment on the quality of the craft work. But whether it is a result of voter fatigue from giving LOTR:TROTK 11 wins (!), or simply making Jackson's team wait until the next installment, I keep thinking we will see a dip in nominations and wins for The Hobbit 1: An Unexpected Journey.

    LOTR:TFOTR got 13 nominations and won 4.
    LOTR:TTT got 6 nominations and won 2.
    LOTR:TROTK got 11 nominations and won all 11.

    Art Direction may be the wrong category to move the Hobbit out of, since the trilogy got nominations for each installment. But then again, maybe that branch felt that they needed to keep nominating them until they had won, and now that they have...??

    Makeup, on the other hand, seems a little more up for grabs given the smaller number of nominees in that category--and in 2002 they not only snubbed TTT but settled for 2 nominees in order to do so!

    That makes me think that at least some academy members and branches are going to be looking hard for ways to spread the wealth to other pictures, or at least limit the number of nominations for the rest of this series. It's just a hunch.

    Thanks again for checking me out!

  3. Originally posted by lime_vortep on June 30, 2011 at 5:31 am:

    No problem. I follow several sites for predictions.

    You can see mine:

    You can click on every category for expand view.

    I would be happy yo chat sometimes with you. If you are interested, my email is

  4. Originally posted by lime_vortep on July 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm:

    I think the new Hobbit pictures of the dwarfs proves my point that the movie must be a front runner in makeup and in the 5 for costumes.

    If you haven't seen them:

  5. Originally posted by NeverTooEarlyMP on July 9, 2011 at 7:08 am:

    Thanks for the Hobbit pictures. I hadn't seen them yet. They certainly do look great, and also seem different enough from what was done in the trilogy to count as an "original" work, which was one of my concerns. I'll likely move The Hobbit up in my next set of predictions.

    Thanks again for being such a loyal reader!

  6. Originally posted by lime_vortep on July 9, 2011 at 7:59 am:

    No problem. I too am a sucker for predictions. :)

    I'll be updating my own predix tomorrow. Check them out if you want (sorry that they are in BG but you still can see what's what from the pictures)

  7. Originally posted by NeverTooEarlyMP on July 9, 2011 at 8:08 am:

    I'll make sure to check out your predictions too. Luckily, my computer translates automatically, so I'm able to read yours perfectly!