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Oscar Below-the-Line Predictions – War Films From Europe to Galaxies Far Far Away (Dec. 7)

Thanks to the Disney/Fox merger, the media conglomerate is set to run roughshod over the craft categories at the Oscars this year. Once again, Netflix looks to put up a fight, but Disney has the odds on favorite to win in most categories. Technical triumphs like Ford V FerrrariStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Ad Astra all come from the Disney pipeline. The strength of war film 1917 lies in the technical prowess from Sam Mendes. Not only will the one-shot trick play an integral role in its success, but war movies shine thanks to the auditory experience.

One film that hopes to shake up the race will be Parasite. The immaculate design and craft of the film gives it a chance to breakthrough in many categories. Until it performs well here, it’s tough to consider it any more than a fringe best picture winner. Expect Neon to invest resources to get it over the hump.

Let’s jump into some of the categories for the below-the-line contenders.

Best Cinematography

The Predicted Five

1917 –– Roger Deakins *PREDICTED WINNER

Ford V Ferrari — Phedon Papamichael

The Irishman — Rodrigo Prieto

Joker — Lawrence Sher

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Robert Richardson

The Next Five

A Hidden Life — Jörg Widmer

Motherless Brooklyn — Dick Pope

Parasite — Hong Kyung-pyo

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Dan Mindel

Waves — Drew Daniels

Best Costume Design

Dolemite Is My Name — Ruth E. Carter

Dumbo — Coleen Atwood

Joker — Mark Bridges

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Arianne Phillips *PREDICTED WINNER

Rocketman — Julian Day

The Next Five

Aladdin –– Michael Wilkinson

Downton Abbey — Anna Mary Scott Robbins

The Irishman — Christopher Peterson & Sandy Powell

Judy — Jany Temime

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Michael Kaplan

Best Film Editing

1917 — Lee Smith

Ford v Ferrari — Michael McCusker *PREDICTED WINNER

The Irishman — Thelma Schoonmaker

Parasite — Jinmo Yang

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Maryann Brandon & Stefan Grube

The Next Five

Jojo Rabbit — Tom Eagles

Knives Out — Bob Ducsay

Marriage Story — Jennifer Lame

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Fred Raskin

Waves — Isaac Hagy, Trey Edward Shults

Best Visual Effects

The Predicted Five

Ad Astra — Christopher Downs, Jiwoong Kim, & Bradley Parker

Avengers: Endgame — Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Kelly Port, & Daniel Sudick

The Irishman — Pable Helman & Jiwoong Kim

The Lion King — Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, & Adam Valdez

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Roger Guyett & Dominic Tuohy

The Next Five

Alita: Battle Angel — TBD

Captain Marvel — Christopher Townsend & Daniel Sudick

Dumbo — Richard Stammers & Jonathan Weber

Gemini Man — Bill Westenhofer, Bryan Hirota & Mark Hawker

Missing Link — Steve Emerson

Best Production Design

The Predicted Five

Little Women — Claire Kaufman

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Barbara Ling & Nancy Haigh *PREDICTED WINNER

Parasite — Lee Ha-Jun

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Rick Carter & Kevin Jenkins

The Two Popes — Mark Tildesley & Véronique Melery

The Next Five

1917 — Dennis Ganner & Lee Sandales

Cats — Eve Stewart

Downton Abbey — Donal Woods

Ford V Ferrari — François Audouy & Peter Lando

Knives Out — David Crank & David Schlesinger

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Bombshell — Vivian Baker, Cristina Waltz & Richard Redlefsen* PREDICTED WINNER

Dolemite Is My Name – Vera Steimberg, Debra Denson, Deborah Huss-Humphries

Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood — Heba Thorisdottir & Gregory Funk

Rocketman — Lizzie Yianni Georgiou, Tapio Salmi, Laura Solari

Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerTBD

The Next Five

Avengers: Endgame — John Blake & Francisco Perez

Captain Marvel –– Brian Sipe, Alexei Dmitriew, Sabrina Wilson

Hustlers — Margot Boccia & Roxanne Rizzo

The Irishman — Mike Marino, Mike Fontaine, Carla White

Us — Scott Wheeler, Tym Shutchai Buacharern & Sabrina Castro

Who are we leaving out of the top of each category? Let us hear in the comments below!

Check out our last Best Picture, Acting, and Below-the-line predictions as well! 

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