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Oscar Watching: One Last Hoorah

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Best Film Editing

I can’t see Argo losing here, primarily because of the climactic scene at the airport.

1. William Goldenberg for Argo

2. Tim Squyres for Life of Pi

3. Michael Kahn for Lincoln

4. Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg for Zero Dark Thirty

5. Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers for Silver Linings Playbook

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Best Cinematography

Claudio Miranda leads this race for Life of Pi, but who knows? Maybe Janusz Kaminski wins again or Roger Deakins finally gets the prize.

1. Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi

2. Janusz Kaminski for Lincoln

3. Roger Deakins for Skyfall

4. Robert Richardson for Django Unchained

5. Seamus McGarvey for Anna Karenina

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Best Costume Design

You know what they say: The frillier, the better. In other words, Anna Karenina wins.

1. Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina

2. Paco Delgado for Les Misérables

3. Joanna Johnston for Lincoln

4. Eiko Ishioka for Mirror Mirror

5. Colleen Atwood for Snow White and the Huntsman

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Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Les Misérables could take it, but I see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey winning at least one race.

1. Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater, and Tami Lane for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2. Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Les Misérables

3. Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, and Martin Samuel for Hitchcock

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Best Production Design

I wouldn’t say this category, formerly known as “art direction,” is up for grabs, but I can see any of the five nominees taking this home. Still, the lavish style of the highly stylized and purposely artificial Anna Karenina, the mostly CGI locales of Life of Pi, and the fully realized sets of Les Misérables look like the big hitters here.

1. Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer for Anna Karenina

2. David Gropman and Anna Pinnock for Life of Pi

3. Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson for Les Misérables

4. Rick Carter and Jim Erickson for Lincoln

5. Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, and Simon Bright for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Best Sound Editing

It’s probably Life of Pi, but it could go to Argo.

1. Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton for Life of Pi

2. Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn for Argo

3. Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for Skyfall

4. Wylie Stateman for Django Unchained

5. Paul N.J. Ottosson for Zero Dark Thirty

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Best Sound Mixing

Les Misérables gets a boost here since it’s a musical. The live-singing aspect also helps.

1. Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, and Simon Hayes for Les Misérables

2. Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill, and Drew Kunin for Life of Pi

3. John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Jose Antonio Garcia for Argo

4. Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, and Stuart Wilson for Skyfall

5. Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Ronald Judkins for Lincoln

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Best Visual Effects

Life of Pi is the only best picture nominee represented here, so…

1. Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Bour, and Donald R. Elliott for Life of Pi

2. Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and R. Christopher White for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

3. Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, and Dan Sudick for Marvel’s The Avengers

4. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould, and Michael Dawson for Snow White and the Huntsman

5. Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, and Martin Hill for Prometheus

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Best Original Score

Mychael Danna sits as the front-runner for his Life of Pi soundtrack, but I suppose anyone here could win.

1. Mychael Danna for Life of Pi

2. Alexandre Desplat for Argo

3. Dario Marianelli for Anna Karenina

4. John Williams for Lincoln

5. Thomas Newman for Skyfall

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Best Original Song

It’s either “Skyfall” or “Suddenly” for the win. I’m going with the former because, well, can Oscar voters pass up the chance to name Adele an Oscar winner?

1. “Skyfall” from Skyfall

2. “Suddenly” from Les Misérables

3. “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi

4. “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted

5. “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice

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Donovan Warren

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Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.