For Your Consideration 2013: Oblivion

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With last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda (“Life Of Pi”), impeccable futuristic-wasteland visual effects, and an original score from the band M83, “Oblivion” has to be on the Academy’s radar. If I were to put all chips on one nomination out of Joseph Kosinski’s science fiction thriller, it would have to be on Best Visual Effects, with all the gadgets and machinery at work in the film and the authenticity it brings to film, this element cannot be denied. A close second would probably be Best Production Design, as this film is filled to the brim with breathtaking set pieces, all of which serving a purpose. And do not count out Claudio Miranda. The cinematography is spot on.

The main thing working against the film is the bad word of mouth coming from critics and the science fiction nature of the film, that does not scream Oscar fodder. These are the reasons that Best Visual Effects looks like the best bet, as the films nominated in this category are normally out of the box compared to the period pieces and historical dramas that capture most of the other awards. Oblivion is one of my favorite films of the year, and even though there’s a strong possibility it will completely miss the mark, it’s still nice to see it up for consideration.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

BEST DIRECTOR Joseph Kosinski
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio Miranda, ASC
BEST FILM EDITING
Richard Francis-Bruce, ACE
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Darren Gilford, Production Designer
Ronald R. Reiss, Set Decorator
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Marlene Stewart
BEST MAKEUP and HAIRSTYLING
Desne Holland, Makeup Department Head
Michele Burke, Makeup Designer & Supervisor
Michael White, Hairstylist Department Head
Michael S. Ward, Hairstylist Department Co-Head
BEST SOUND MIXING
Paul Ledford, CAS, Production Sound Mixer
Gary A. Rizzo, CAS, Re-Recording Mixers

Juan Peralta, Re-Recording Mixers
BEST SOUND EDITING
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Supervising Sound Editors
Al Nelson, Supervising Sound Editors
Ren Klyce, Supervising Sound Designer
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Eric Barba, Visual Effects Supervisors
Björn Mayer, Visual Effects Supervisors
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Anthony Gonzalez & Joseph Trapanese
BEST ORIGINAL SONG 
“Oblivion”; Written by Anthony Gonzalez, Susanne Sund

Screen shot 2013-10-21 at 8.25.38 PM

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