Sam Mendes | Pippa Harris | Jayne-Ann Tenggren | Callum McDougall
During World War I, two British soldiers are sent on a dangerous mission to stop an attack by the British 7th Division that will result in a massacre by the Germans. Their assignment takes on extra urgency as one of the young soldiers’ brothers is fighting in that Division.
Experts place “1917” as the current odds-on favorite to win Best Picture. Apart of the “Big Three,” including “Parasite” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” “1917” leads them as the current front-runner. Right now, it seems the only way it won’t win is if “Parasite” ends up taking it all. However, “1917” has been winning in all the right places, including the Producers Guild Awards.
|1999 (72nd)||Best Directing||“American Beauty”|
Pippa Harris | Jayne-Ann Tenggren | Callum McDougall
He’s been winning across the board, including the Golden Globe Awards and the Directors Guild Award, so Sam Mendes is definitely the front-runner to win directing this year. Even if “1917” misses out on the Best Picture win, Mendes still has a fairly good shot of taking director.
Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Needless to say, the script for “1917” is not its strong suit. “Parasite” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” are staking their claim here, battling it out for the win. Even Rian Johnson and “Knives Out” will likely end up ranking about “1917.” If “Parasite” wins here, you can start to wonder whether it will edge out “1917” in Best Picture as well.
Roger Deakins went from being nominated thirteen times with no wins to winning his first Academy Award for his work on “Blade Runner 2049” in 2017. Now, he’s about to win back to back Oscars in cinematography, as he’s the definitive front-runner for his work on the continuous one take of “1917.” No one else even begins to compare to Deakins work so please just give him the Oscar now.
|1994 (67th)||Best Cinematography||“The Shawshank Redemption”||NOMINEE|
|1996 (69th)||Best Cinematography||“Fargo”||NOMINEE|
|1997 (70th)||Best Cinematography||“Kundun”||NOMINEE|
|2000 (73rd)||Best Cinematography||“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”||NOMINEE|
|2001 (74th)||Best Cinematography||“The Man Who Wasn’t There”||NOMINEE|
|2007 (80th)||Best Cinematography||“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”||NOMINEE|
|2007 (80th)||Best Cinematography||“No Country For Old Men”||NOMINEE|
|2008 (81st)||Best Cinematography||“The Reader”||NOMINEE|
|2010 (83rd)||Best Cinematography||“True Grit”||NOMINEE|
|2012 (85th)||Best Cinematography||“Skyfall”||NOMINEE|
|2013 (86th)||Best Cinematography||“Prisoners”||NOMINEE|
|2014 (87th)||Best Cinematography||“Unbroken”||NOMINEE|
|2015 (88th)||Best Cinematography||“Sicario”||NOMINEE|
|2017 (90th)||Best Cinematography||“Blade Runner 2049”|
Naomi Donne | Tristan Versluis | Rebecca Cole
The makeup and hairstyling in sheer volume is something to be impressed by in “1917,” but it seems that most voting bodies have been focusing on “Bombshell” and “Judy,” and even to “Joker” to some extent. That means that “1917” will likely be shut out of this category.
Naomi Donne | Tristan Versluis | Rebecca Cole
I personally would pick Thomas Newman for the win on this one. His score under “1917” is so immersive, especially in a theatrical setting, it drives the entire film. And for a film that’s portraying one continuous shot, the music does the heavy lifting when setting a tone and conveying emotion. That being said, the “Joker” score is the current front-runner, as Hildur Guðnadóttir has been winning across the board. Plus, it seems like the Academy will take any chance it gets in voting for a woman to win.
|1994 (67th)||Best Original Score||“Little Women”||NOMINEE|
|1994 (67th)||Best Original Score||“The Shawshank Redemption”||NOMINEE|
|1995 (68th)||Best Original Musical or Comedy Score||“Unstrung Heroes”||NOMINEE|
|1999 (72nd)||Best Original Score||“American Beauty”||NOMINEE|
|2002 (75th)||Best Original Score||“Road to Perdition”||NOMINEE|
|2003 (76th)||Best Original Score||“Finding Nemo”||NOMINEE|
|2004 (77th)||Best Original Score||“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”||NOMINEE|
|2006 (79th)||Best Original Score||“The Good German”||NOMINEE|
|2008 (81st)||Best Original Musical or Comedy Score||“WALL-E”||NOMINEE|
|2008 (81st)||Best Original Song||“WALL-E”||NOMINEE|
|2012 (85th)||Best Original Musical or Comedy Score||“Skyfall”||NOMINEE|
|2013 (86th)||Best Original Score||“Saving Mr. Banks”||NOMINEE|
|2015 (88th)||Best Original Score||“Bridge of Spies”||NOMINEE|
|2016 (89th)||Best Original Score||“Passengers”||NOMINEE|
Production Design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
When you watch any of the behind the scenes featurettes for “1917,” you’ll realize just how much work when into the production design of the film. With these long takes to try and capture the one shot feel, the set had to be designed for as long as the shot would be and obviously they weren’t shooting anything until everything was in place. That being said, it will come down to whether the Academy voters thought that was more impressive than recreating parts of Hollywood for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”
|1991 (64th)||Best Art Direction||“Barton Fink”||NOMINEE|
|1991 (64th)||Best Art Direction||“Bugsy”|
|2002 (75th)||Best Art Direction||“Road To Perdition”||NOMINEE|
|2007 (80th)||Best Art Direction||“The Golden Compass”||NOMINEE|
|2014 (87th)||Best Production Design||“Into The Woods”||NOMINEE|
|2017 (90th)||Best Production Design||“Blade Runner 2049”||NOMINEE|
|2011 (84th)||Best Art Direction||“War Horse”||NOMINEE|
Oliver Tarney | Rachael Tate
War films tend to be a favorite in the Sound categories, just because there tends to be a lot going on and it becomes a more impressive feat to rein all that in. Sci-fi films are the other favorite, but there does not seem to be a lot of love for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” this year. “Ford v Ferrari,” on the other hand, hinges around its sound with its intense race scenes. It’s the biggest challenger for “1917,” but the love for the Best Picture favorite could be ever reaching.
|2013 (86th)||Best Sound Editing||“Captain Philips”||NOMINEE|
|2015 (88th)||Best Sound Editing||“The Martian”||NOMINEE|
Mark Taylor | Stuart Wilson
Again, it’s down to “1917” and “Ford v Ferrari” in my opinion and when you think sound mixing, especially in relation to a film winning an award for it, it should be something that almost defines the movie. Think Bohemian Rhapsody last year. What film was more defined by its sound? As impressive of a film that “1917” is, “Ford v Ferrari” relies more on the mixing of its sound to feel the intensity of the races.
|2013 (86th)||Best Sound Mixing||“Captain Philips”||NOMINEE|
|2015 (88th)||Best Sound Mixing||“The Martian”||NOMINEE|
|2011 (84th)||Best Sound Mixing||“War Horse”||NOMINEE|
|2012 (85th)||Best Sound Mixing||“Skyfall”||NOMINEE|
|2015 (88th)||Best Sound Mixing||“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”||NOMINEE|
|2016 (89th)||Best Sound Mixing||“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”||NOMINEE|
|2017 (90th)||Best Sound Mixing||“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”||NOMINEE|
Guillaume Rocheron | Greg Butler | Dominic Tuohy
When you think Visual Effects this year, chances are you’re not thinking of “1917” and it’s that fact that might work against it. “Avengers: Endgame” and “The Lion King” were visual effect heavy feats. They were technical achievements firing on all cylinders. However, “1917” had to rely on visual effects to not only present it’s one shot presentation, but to create some of the more impressive scenes of the film, like the huge fire in the town and the flares being lit through the sky. With the love that I anticipate “1917” having this year, I believe the Academy will lean toward this one. The experts agree.
|2012 (85th)||Best Visual Effects||“Life Of Pi”|
|2011 (84th)||Best Visual Effects||“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”||NOMINEE|
|2018 (91st)||Best Visual Effects||“Solo: A Star Wars Story”||NOMINEE|
December 25, 2019
(for violence, some disturbing images, and language)
Viewed on January 31, 2020
Screened at AMC Universal Citywalk in IMAX