Awards Watch With Math Teacher Movies – February 21st, 2022: Technical Awards @ The Oscars

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Awards analysis is provided by Sean from @MathTeacherMovies.

The technical awards, also known as the awards that only the winners, nominees, and cinephiles care about. However, based on the viewership numbers those are the only people watching the Oscars so they are easily the most important to focus toward. 

They are also the silent heroes that make our movies beautiful and entertaining. So while most of you probably get up and get popcorn when these winners are announced, these awards are just as important and just as fun to talk about. 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Dune 

Nightmare Alley 

The Power of the Dog 

The Tragedy of Macbeth 

West Side Story 

In the simplest of terms, the cinematography award has to do with everything involved with the camera and therefore everything involved with the look of the film and when it comes to that requirement all five of these films are qualified to win and all of them really do have a chance to win. 

At this point, it seems like Dune or The Power of the Dog are the frontrunners and while Dune will be winning quite a few technicals. This one will probably go to The Power of the Dog with it having more of a chance of winning Best Picture and therefore it has the chance to grab more awards. 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Cruella 

Cyrano 

Dune 

Nightmare Alley 

West Side Story 

Usually the technical awards are swept up by Best Picture winners or nominees and they frequently get repetitive, but this might be one of the rare cases where Cruella will get the one win for its one nomination. It’s been the frontrunner for quite a while but Dune and Cyrano have the rare chance to take the win.

BEST FILM EDITING

Don’t Look Up 

Dune 

King Richard 

Tick, Tick… Boom! 

The Power of the Dog 

This might be one of the most difficult categories to predict as there is no stand out. Sometimes this category predicts the Best Picture winner and therefore The Power of the Dog could make a play as that is the current frontrunner. 

However, Dune, King Richard, and Tick, Tick, …Boom! have been praised for their editing and all can be contenders. Finally, sometimes this award often goes to the MOST editing instead of the Best Editing and that would mean Don’t Look Up, who’s frantic style requires a large amount of editing. At this point, it’s difficult to feel out a front runner but it’s anyone’s game. 

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci

Coming 2 America

Cruella

Dune

With makeup and hairstyling, it’s often awarded to primarily the makeup portion and Cruella focuses mainly on the hair, so they are out. Coming 2 America is just using the same make up from the first film even if it was slightly updated. Dune had some great makeup from a few characters but not from the main characters which could hurt its chances.

This leaves House of Gucci and The Eyes of Tammy Faye as the most likely winners. Both of these films missed out on many other nominations this year. House of Gucci is the most popular film with the most makeup, but The Eyes of Tammy Faye has Jessica Chastain’s nomination driving a probable momentum over the finish line. In addition, both leads have makeup that works well. 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Don’t Look Up (Nicholas Britell)

Dune (Hans Zimmer)

Encanto (Germaine Franco)

Parallel Mothers (Alberto Iglesias)

The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood)

This is a sensational list of Original Scores and all are deserving, at this point the leader is Dune with the narrative being that Hans Zimmer is due for his second Oscar after being passed up for many great works. However, there is a lot of buzz for the Original Score of Encanto so that has the potential to be upset. 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Be Alive” — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Darius Scott (King Richard)

“Dos Oruguitas” — Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)

“Down to Joy” — Van Morrison (Belfast)

“No Time to Die” — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die)

“Somehow You Do” — Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

The song that will most likely receive the win is “No Time to Die”, but some people may be suffering from a fatigue of Bond songs winning or the fact that the song has been released for quite a while now. 

The other four songs can be tied for a close second. “Be Alive” winning would give a chance for Beyonce to win an Oscar, while “Down to Joy” would be a chance to give Van Morrison an Oscar. “Dos Oruguitas” winning the Oscar would be more of an award for the other more popular songs in Encanto, which has a soundtrack the deserves the win more. Finally there is Diane Warren who was just given her 13th nomination, becoming a legend in Oscar fandom. 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Dune 

Nightmare Alley 

The Power of the Dog 

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

This could be one of the most interesting awards as it could go to a movie one may not expect. Nightmare Alley or Tragedy of Macbeth seem like the perfect choices with inventive and outstanding sets but that will most likely be the one win they will get. Therefore, this could likely be a technical win for Dune but the smart money would go on Nightmare Alley. 

BEST SOUND

Belfast

Dune

No Time to Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

It would be crazy if this didn’t go to Dune, a movie that boomed the sound through a theater and made so many creative choices. However, it would be a high possibility for the other nominees to win, even the very subtle sounds of The Power of the Dog. 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Dune

Free Guy

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

No Time to Die

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Like Sound, Dune is a clear front runner for the same reasons. Spider Man and Shang Chi are weighed down by Marvel’s lack of success in this category. Free Guy is a fresh take on effects but maybe too fresh to get the votes and No Time to Die uses practical effects which should be applauded more by the Academy but at this rate is not. 

Most of these predictions are not definitive yet and they can go in so many different directions, especially this year and it’s because the little details in so many movies have been so intricate and so great. 

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