It's Oscars' Week! Here is Part 2 of 5 of our preview.
Da 5 Bloods 
Hopster: The Globes nominated Alexandre Desplat for Midnight Sky and Ludwig Göransson for Tenet; the Oscars picked Emile Mosseri for Minari and Terence Blanchard for Da 5 Bloods. Both bodies recognized James Newton Howard for News of the World while neither acknowledged William Tyler for First Cow or Bruno Coulais & Kila for Wolfwalkers. Put simply, this category is loaded. And I don't see Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross getting passed over here; my bet is on Soul.
Isaac: I loved the score of Da 5 Bloods but seeing as the Academy this year (every year?) really hates Spike Lee movies, it doesn't really stand a chance. I'm gonna go with the clear front runner, Soul; Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have been on one this year, seeing as they have 2/5 odds to take home an award in one category is pretty funny. But it also just showcases their talent.
Isaac: "Io sì (Seen)" won at the Globes and even though "Speak Now" has the betting advantage it seems like a real toss up to me... Toss in "Husavik" to be a legitimate contender and possible dark horse and we've got ourseleves a real tangle. Nevertheless I'm thinking "Io sì" pulls it out.
P.S. I love H.E.R. and really really really want her to win an Oscar at some point... and more Grammy's but really who cares about those.
Hopster: Leslie Odom Jr. can sing the shit out of anything, and it feels like this might be a good opportunity for voters to recognize One Night in Miami... if they don't do so elsewhere. Isaac seems right in suggesting that "Io sì" poses the biggest upset potential, but I'll put my theoretical money on "Speak Now."
News of the World 
Isaac: Sound of Metal and it's not even close. What that team was able to do was extraordinary, and they deserve immense praise and accolades.
Hopster: If the Sound of Metal doesn't win this award, then this category should be disbanded altogether.
Hopster: Ann Roth's exceptional work in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom helped bring the characters and the era in which they lived to life. While I'd maybe even be routing for Alexdra Byrne's work in Emma. or Trish Summerville for Mank, this one will likely and should go chalk.
Isaac: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is hard to beat, Mulan, albeit a horrible live-action remake, had impeccable costume design, and Pinnochio was just as incredible. However, in my mind Emma. takes home the prize for this one for its Regency-era exceedingly-English atmosphere.
Hopster: Much like Costume Design, this one should be going to Ma Rainey's Black Bottom as well.
Isaac: While I went with Emma. in the prior Costume Design award, I'm 10,000% behind Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Viola Davis' presentation, the horse hair wig- it all is perfectly utilized and looks amazing throughout the film. Shouts out to Hillbilly Elegy though; it's a terrible movie with great makeup and hairstyling, so good that it's hard to even recognize Glenn Close.
Hopster: I especially agree with the last part where you said that Hillbilly Elegy is a terrible movie.
Isaac: Of course Mank is the front runner here, a movie about making a movie has to have a great production design! I really don't want Fincher's film to get blanked in yet another award ceremony, so I'll throw my vote to Mank. However the design for the other films here really was amazing, News of the World is one that stands out, as well as Tenet.
Hopster: No Emma. and no Promising Young Woman recognition here seems weird. And while I think Tenet should be getting more buzz than for this category than it is, I'm hoping Mank wins this to help ensure that it doesn't go home empty-handed (which would really hurt my feelings).
Hopster: This is where the Academy really grinds my gears. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is more deserving of a nomination in this category than Da 5 Bloods, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Sound of Metal, and Tenet??? That is just laughable, though I am definitely not laughing. The other nominees are worthy enough, but if Nomadland is going to run away with the evening, a win here might be an early indicator.
Isaac: Looking at our wonderful odds its clear that Nomadland is about as close to an absolute lock in this category as possible, ringing in at a large 80%1 chance to take it home. Honestly, that might be too low. For what is a beautifully shot film, I don't think anything can catch up at this point, although I would love to have Dariusz Wolski get the recognition he deserves.
Promising Young Woman 
Isaac: Even though The Trial of the Chicago 7 is ranked pretty highly on this one, I wasn't too impressed or blown away by the editing. I thought Nomadland was the better work in that regard, however I'm still a big believer in Sound of Metal (more shouts out to Riz Ahmed) and was thoroughly impressed with the editing. Some scenes are just glued in my mind, especially the end and the scene where Lou is singing with her father. A masterful piece of work.
Hopster: After finishing Sound of Metal, I didn't think of it as a potential technical-awards darling at the Oscars. Against the rest of the field, it seems like that is a very likely possibility. While I'm more in favor of that outcome, I think Alan Baumgarten and The Trial of the Chicago 7 has a legitimate chance of upsetting,
Isaac: If Tenet is gonna win anything at the Oscars it'll probably be this. The Midnight Sky kind of sooooooooorta stands a chance, but I'd give the former the edge here.
Hopster: My brain, head, and mind all agree: it should be Tenet.