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Oscar 2014 Winner Predictions Production Design

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Oscar 2014 Winner Predictions: Production Design
Oscar 2014 Winner Predictions: Production Design

In 2010, we asked, “How do you solve a problem like Avatar? How do you hold a fluorescent, floating anemone in your hand? Well, you can’t. Because it exists in hexadecimal code on a hard drive somewhere in Silicon (or is it Uncanny?) Valley.” So we threw our vote to Sherlock Holmes and shook our heads on Oscar night when James Cameron’s Epcot Center diorama was awarded. The lesson? That Gravity, even though it’s the Mission: SPACE to Avatar’s more elaborately designed Universe of Energy: Ellen’s Energy Adventure, shouldn’t be too quickly discounted. Two years earlier, we thought the category would break toward Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood’s Wild West City attraction only to see it (rightfully) lose to Tim Burton’s Broadway-ed Dickens funhouse Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Meaning that the benefits of being a Best Picture frontrunner in this category are negligible. And so we put our money on Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina last year only to see it toppled by the Lincoln Logs of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Meaning that being a politely revered or disliked Best Picture nominee is also negligible.

Slant‘s Live Coverage of the Academy Awards

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<em>Slant</em>‘s Live Coverage of the Academy Awards
<em>Slant</em>‘s Live Coverage of the Academy Awards

Tonight, Slant offers live coverage of the 85th Academy Awards. Check out our comprehensive predictions and then follow Slant’s Tumblr beginning at 8 p.m. EST for our real-time commentary. Hit us on the Twitter and we’ll loop you into the conversation.

In addition to House managing editor R. Kurt Osenlund, contributors Ted Scheinman, Eric Henderson, Ted Pigeon, and John Semley, Slant’s special Oscar commentariat comprises:

Amanda Hess, a freelance writer and Slate contributor focusing on sex, technology, and the youths. (She lives in Los Angeles.)

Chris Klimek, prolific arts contributor to Washington City Paper, the Washington Post, and NPR. (“Semipro aesthete; rather-less-pro athlete,” Klimek says of himself. “I teach a little boxing on the side.”)

Kate Conger, contributing writer and photographer at SF Weekly, Village Voice, and San Francisco Magazine.