Tech Support: Final predictions in Oscar’s crafts categories

Over the past three and a half months, we have previewed the races in all Oscar categories and spoken with many of the leading contenders. For the ninth year here at Tech Support, it's now time to put all of that aside and put forward final predictions. Which craftsmen and craftswomen will be cited by their peers on Thursday?

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki looks in fantastic position to earn his second straight statuette for his very, very long takes on “Bidman.” Robert Yeoman and Dick Pope have earned guild, BFCA and BAFTA nods for their gorgeous period work that blurred the line between camera work and the painted and crafted arts on “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Mr. Turner” respectively. The former will likely rack up a host of nods while this is a perfect chance to recognize Pope”s collaborations with Leigh. They”re in good shape.

Roger Deakins missed a BAFTA nod, where “Unbroken,” was shut out, but I”d still be shocked if AMPAS didn”t give the living legend another citation for the sort of work that usually finds a home in this category. The guild and BFCA saw fit to include him.

This branch has affinity for foreign films and black-and-white. So in the last spot, I”m banking on Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal for “Ida.”

I realize this means betting against leading Best Picture contender “The Imitation Game,” for which Óscar Faura earned an ASC nod. My gut tells me he will make it but someone cannot make it in this group so I have to leave him to the side.

I”d have “Interstellar” in seventh. Hoyte Van Hoytema has been on the cusp of a nomination for years, Christopher Nolan”s films have a great track record here, and he has BFCA and BAFTA nominations. But I think the competition will ultimately prove too stiff for him to get in for a film that many found disappointing.

PREDICTIONS: “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Ida,” “Mr. Turner,” “Unbroken”
ALTERNATE: “The Imitation Game”

Best Costume Design

Milena Canonero (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Colleen Atwood (“Into the Woods”) are locks for nominations for threads that were inspired, have been nominated by BFCA/SAG/ADG, and, well, they”re Colleen Atwood and Milena Canonero!