PW breaks down the odds-on favorites and the hypothetical darlings of this year's best (and "best") films.
Finally, here’s what may and should win, respectively, in the rest of the categories:
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour/No
Best Animated Feature: Brave/The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Best Doc (Short): I’ve no idea, sorry. Redemption sounds like a good bet.
Best Live Action Short: Buzkashi Boys/Death of a Shadow
Best Animated Short: Adam and Dog/Adam and Dog
Best Score: Life of Pi/Skyfall
Best Song: Skyfall/Skyfall
Best Sound Editing: Life of Pi/Zero Dark Thirty
Best Sound Mixing: Les Miserables/Life of Pi
Best Production Design: Les Miserables/The Hobbit
Best Cinematography: Lincoln/Skyfall
Best Makeup: Les Miserables/The Hobbit
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina/Mirror Mirror
Best Film Editing: Zero Dark Thirty/Zero Dark Thirty
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi/Life of Pi
The 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony airs Sun., Feb. 24, at 7pm, on ABC.
This year, there are pretty much zero LGBT nominations for the big ones, both in terms of content and the people responsible for the film. Last year was a different story: Out filmmaker Tate Taylor’s The Help got a nod for Best Picture.
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