John and Kelly React! Academy Awards Predictions, Part III: Post Production

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards are happening LiVe FrOm UniON sTaTiOn on April 25th! Let’s see how many of our predictions are wrong!

Best Original Song

Fight for You (Judas and the Black Messiah), Hear My Voice (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Húsavík (Eurovision Song Contest), Io Si (Seen) (The Life Ahead), Speak Now (One Night in Miami)

John: Gonna go biased on this one, I want Fight for You to win. 

Kelly: I’m just curious as to how they will perform these without a stage they’d otherwise have at the Dolby Theater. I think we’re all on the same page here and want to see the really odd choice of Husavik win, just to see what would happen.Selfishly, it would be super sweet if Leslie Odom, Jr. took this for One Night in Miami and he was on his way to becoming an EGOT!

Best Original Score

Da 5 Bloods, Mank, Minari, News of the World, Soul

John: Soul is the sure winner here. I acknowledge that on my first viewing I didn’t appreciate Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ contributions to the score but upon further viewing it really does add to the tone of the film. It’s vibrant and evocative in a way that really immerses you into the film. 

Kelly: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are nominated twice here for two very different scores in Mank and Soul. I’d love to see Soul take this- so many genres and sounds very intricately entwined. That would most likely have both of them graciously step aside so jazz musician Jon Batiste could accept and make a speech. 

Best Film Editing

The Father, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Kelly: You know, a couple of weeks ago, I was all about The Trial of the Chicago 7, but having gotten around to seeing more of the emerging movies, OOF. Sound of Metal is so high on my list.  I think it really deserves to take most of the post production awards. It so carefully details Ruben’s loss of hearing, not just with audio cues, but with its visuals as well.

Best Sound

Greyhound, Mank, News of the World, Soul, Sound of Metal

John: Sound of Metal is all about sound and the lack thereof. The design of it is specifically interwoven into the narrative proper and heightens the characters journey. You better give this one to Sound of Metal

Kelly: I can’t see this going to any thing else but Sound of Metal. I mean, sound is its topic. It’s like if The Phantom Thread lost Costume Design.

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters, The Midnight Sky, Mulan, The One and Only Ivan, Tenet

John: Gotta throw Chris a bone somewhere. The poor lad didn’t get to show his picture on the big screen because of a virus so he deserves some sort of consolation prize. That being said, I really do hope Mulan beats Tenet. Not because it deserves it, but because it’d be really funny. 

Kelly: Wow. I can’t actually think of any other movie that should have been nominated here. Not too many blockbusters this year, or at least not too many studios willing to risk their tentpole movies for streaming services. I guess Tenet? But really all I care about is “Anything but Mulan.”

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