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Glenn Whipp’s 2014 Oscar picks

DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron. Well-liked and respected, Cuaron took Directors Guild of America honors for his landmark effort. He should repeat with the academy. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Cinephiles rejoice! Emmanuel Lubezki finally prevails...for the kind of computer-generated spectacle that angers purists in this category. ORIGINAL SCORE: The score's prominence -- and excellence -- gives Price an Oscar in his first try. SOUND EDITING: Sandra Bullock's breathing, the NASA chatter, the good (and bad) vibrations. Brilliant work. SOUND MIXING: For the way it uses silence, among many other reasons. VISUAL EFFECTS: Seamless work established a new standard for the medium.
DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron. Well-liked and respected, Cuaron took Directors Guild of America honors for his landmark effort. He should repeat with the academy.

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Cinephiles rejoice! Emmanuel Lubezki finally prevails...for the kind of computer-generated spectacle that angers purists in this category.

ORIGINAL SCORE: The score’s prominence -- and excellence -- gives Price an Oscar in his first try.

SOUND EDITING: Sandra Bullock’s breathing, the NASA chatter, the good (and bad) vibrations. Brilliant work.

SOUND MIXING: For the way it uses silence, among many other reasons.

VISUAL EFFECTS: Seamless work established a new standard for the medium.
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Read the story: Our Oscar predictions in all 24 categories

And the Oscar goes to ... ? Here are our early predictions for every category for the 86th Academy Awards show. Use them for your own Oscar pool ballot at your own risk -- there’s no money-back guarantee. By Glenn Whipp


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