It’s the beginning of another year, which means another Academy Awards ceremony. I’m honestly surprised I was able to watch all ten nominees for Best Picture this year, which I usually am not able to. I can definitely thank streaming services for the opportunity, though I did watch two in theaters. To celebrate this achievement, it would be best to lay out my thoughts on each of this year’s Best Picture nominees.
What’s it About?: Dune is the second film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 novel about the struggles of a young Duke heir named Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) on the titular desert planet in the far future.
Best Picture Chances: Dune is definitely my favorite out of the ten films. I’m partially biased as I read the book before watching the movie. Besides my feelings, its chances are probably similar to Mad Max: Fury Road in that it will win nearly every technical award but Best Picture. It’s disappointing considering how much I enjoyed the film, but that’s the most likely outcome unless an upset occurs during the ceremony.
Thoughts on Winning its Other Nominations: When it comes to the specific technical awards its nominated for, its biggest chances lie in Costume Design, Sound, Original Score and Visual Effects. A Best Costume Design win feels obvious due to the futuristic style of the world with designs meshing a royal elegance with a rougher, unusual sci-fi aesthetic. A similar reasoning could be applied to how it could win Best Sound, the unique setting gave more room to experiment with sound design. Like for Best Original Score, Hans Zimmer captured the vibe of the setting in such spectacular fashion.
The film’s production design translated the look of Herbert’s world in a way that was faithful to the novel’s descriptions, it’s the prime choice for Best Production Design. It’s hard to judge the film on its cinematography because of how it’s heavily reliant on CGI, but it could still win Best Cinematography. The design and makeup approach for Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgard) alone secures a win for Best Makeup…