2014 Academy Awards Predictions

85th Annual Academy Awards Live BlogCan you believe the Academy Awards are finally happening on Sunday? We're almost a quarter of the way into the new year and we get to find out what Hollywood thinks the best films of the 2013 are. We're keeping it simple at Sketchy Details this year. Who will win? Who should win? And who did they miss? I will, for fairness sake, remove films from consideration that did not qualify for the Academy Awards. Just assume American Mary would be on more "Missed" lists than nots had it been eligible.

Full predictions after the jump.

Original Screenplay

Will Win: Spike Jonze, Her Should Win: Spike Jonze, Her Missed: Wentworth Miller, Stoker

Adapted Screenplay

Will Win: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave Should Win: Steve Coogan and Bill Pope, Philomena Missed: Jonathan Levine, Warm Bodies

Visual Effects

Will Win: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould, Gravity Should Win: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould, Gravity Missed: Nominees to be determined, Pacific Rim

Sound Mixing (how the sounds are layered in the film)

Will Win: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro, Gravity Should Win: Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. Kurland, Inside Llewyn Davis Missed: Nominees to be determined, Stoker

Sound Editing (creating the sounds in film)

Will Win: Glenn Freemantle, Gravity Should Win: Glenn Freemantle, Gravity Missed: Nominees to be determined, The World's End

Best Live Action Short

??? (seen none of the nominees) Will Win: Esteban Crespo, "Aquel no era yo (That Wasn’t Me)" Esteban Crespo (child soldiers short, always bet on the child soldiers)

Best Animated Short

??? (seen one of the nominees) Will Win: Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim, "Get A Horse" (Disney short aired in front of Disney feature is a safe bet)

Production Design

Will Win: Production Design: Catherine Martin, Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn, The Great Gatsby Should Win: Production Design: K.K. Barrett, Set Decoration: Gene Serdena, Her Missed: Nominees to be determined, Trance

Original Song

Will Win: Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, "Let It Go," Frozen Should Win: Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, "Let It Go," Frozen Missed: Keith Stanfield, "Do You Know What It's Like," Short Term 12 (Seriously!) NSFW

Original Score

Will Win: Alexandre Desplat, Philomena Should Win: Alexandre Desplat, Philomena Missed: For some unknown reason, Cliff Martinez was not submitted for Original Score for Only God Forgives. The score was eligible, but the music branch requires submissions. So, screw it. If the best score couldn't be voted for, I ain't offering alternatives.

Makeup and Hairstyling

Will Win: Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club Should Win: Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (you can't clock that old age makeup, better than The Iron Lady, that's for sure) Missed: Tie: American Hustle and Warm Bodies got passed over, with Warm Bodies not even making the bake off.

Foreign Language Film

Will Win: Denmark, The Hunt Should Win: Cambodia, The Missing Picture Missed: The Grandmaster snuck in for Costume Design and Cinematography, but not Foreign Language Film.

Film Editing

Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity Should Win: Christopher Rouse, Captain Phillips Missed: Bless her heart, Thelma Schoonmaker cut out hours from The Wolf of Wall Street so people wouldn't die while watching the film.

Documentary Short

??? (seen none of the nominees) Will Win: Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed, "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" (Holocaust documentaries tend to do well)

Documentary Feature

Will Win: Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, The Square Should Win: Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, The Square Missed: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Blackfish

Directing

Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity Missed: Chan-wook Park, Stoker

Costume Design

Will Win: Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby Should Win: William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster Missed: Nominees to be determined, Pacific Rim

Cinematography

Will Win: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity Should Win: Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis Missed: Nominees to be determined, Short Term 12, Only God Forgives, Frozen (screw it, if Gravity is eligible for digital animation, than so is the stunning creation of the ice castle in Frozen)

Animated Feature

Will Win: Frozen Should Win: Ernest & Celestine

Supporting Actress

Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle Should Win: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave Missed: Emma Watson, The Bling Ring

Leading Actress

Will Win: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Should Win: Either Judi Dench, Philomena or Amy Adams, American Hustle Missed: Brie Larson, Short Term 12

Supporting Actor

Will Win: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips Should Win: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave Missed: John Goodman, Inside Llewyn Davis

Leading Actor

Will Win: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Missed: Simon Pegg, The World's End

Best Picture

Will Win: Gravity Should Win: Gravity Missed: Short Term 12

Those are some predictions you can take to the bank on Oscar Sunday. Thoughts? Share them below. And print out your ballot from whatever site to play along at home.

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