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It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again, when for about 6 weeks some movie lovers and enthusiasts eagerly await the Oscars, or Academy Awards, whatever you prefer to call them. Here at FilmMunch we are such enthusiasts, even though we don’t entirely agree with the voting process, and the voters themselves, plus just type in #OscarSoWhite into any social media outlet, and there’s another reason why the Oscars continually get a bad wrap. But, having said all that, the movies brought to our attention by the Oscar Nominations this year are pretty darn good movies, and that’s what we do here, we love movies, so let’s get right into it!

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Mad Max: Fury Road is making all Australians proud, after it raked in 10 Academy Award Nominations, and in some of the big categories too. If you would like to check out how much we love Mad Max: Fur Road here at FilmMunch, make sure to check out our Spoiler Free Review, back when the film came out, plus an additional celebratory post entitled, 7 Stunning Frames in Mad Max: Fury Road. We also covered all the original 3 Mad Max films, so make sure to check them out too. Let’s take a look at what categories it’s been nominated for, and it’s chances of winning.

1 Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Picture at The Academy Awards 2016

Personally, I totally agree with this nomination, and for me, it was surely one of the best films of the year gone past, I mean, if you’d ask me to watch the film with you, I would cancel all plans, and immediately start watching! Mad Max: Fury Road will not win best picture at the Oscars this year, simply because the competition it’s up against is so strong. Most likely Fury Road will score big in some of the technical categories, and has been given the Best Picture nod, simply because of how much the voters liked the film. We all love the film, is there anyone out there who doesn’t, and if so, please explain!?

FilmMunch Prediction for Best Picture – The Revenant

2 Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) for Best Achievement in Directing at The Academy Awards 2016 

George Miller has a strong chance at winning for Best Director. Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu totally deserves another Oscar win for his unbelievable work on The Revenant, but remember that film he made last year, Birdman, the virtue of ignorance, or something or rather, well, he won THREE Oscars for that, so chances he will win another this year are small, well, what I mean is, the odds are against him. Plus the Academy may chose to give it to George Miller, because of his age, his amazing career, perhaps they should have also included Ridely Scott, if that’s their reasoning, we’ll see.

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FilmMunch Prediction for Best Director – George Miller

3 Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Achievement in Cinematography at The Academy Awards 2016

John Seale, cinematographer for Mad Max: Fury Road came out of retirement to shoot Mad Max number 4, no doubt Miller pulling strings to make that happen, therefore, most likely this would have been his last film, so an Oscar seems fitting, but he already has an Oscar under his belt for The English Patient, 20 years ago. Regardless his work is amazing, just check out our post on 7 Stunning Frames in Mad Max: Fury Road. At 73, in the desert, at high speeds, this man deserves to win another Oscar. Having said that, have you seen how stunning The Revenant is? It really is like nothing you’ve ever seen, you have the ‘one-take’ scene in the opening battle sequence, with swooping shots from ground level and then up to ariel view, it’s something truly wonderful, and then there comes the breath-taking bear attack scene, Emmanuel Lubezki will most likely score an unprecedented ‘hat-trick’ for this category. Three years in a row, wow.

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FilmMunch Prediction for Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)

4 Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Achievement in Editing at The Academy Awards 2016

Editing is an interesting category, simply because it is one of the arts that seems to go unnoticed most of the time, but there are times when movie aficionados will say, something along the lines of, “the editing was spot on.” Not to brag, but I recall when I said that once, about the film, 12 Years a Slave, particularly in reference to  the scene where Chiwetel Ejiofor (much easier to write, than to say out loud) is literally hanging, by the neck, from a tree, and the camera lingers for that extra few seconds, just enough to make you seriously uncomfortable, now that’s good editing, the choice to cut or not to cut is important, no doubt that is why the Academy has seen it fit to award a single Oscar to whoever is responsible for this essential and arduous task. Margaret Sixel is up for an Oscar here, and so it turns out, that she is also married to George Miller. When asked why he chose her to edit, his reply was interesting, and went on to say, that because she’s never edited an action film, she wouldn’t edit the film like ‘one of those guys.’ Referring to a seasoned action film editor. The result is brilliant, her editing is indeed spot on! With 480 hours of footage to edit, it’s a marvel that she completed the task in time, so yes, she deserves an Oscar here, and we’re barracking for her to win!

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FilmMunch Prediction for Best Achievement in Editing – Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)

5 Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Achievement in Production Design at The Academy Awards 2016

Surely Mad Max: Fury Road will win hand down for this award, just look at those crazy and truly insane machines that they built! Really, I have no idea why Star Wars: The Force Awakens has not been nominated in this category, because they are really a massive  contender in this category. Another film that I believe deserves to be nominated in this category is Carol, in particular for achieving the 1950’s look so effortlessly. The Martian is a strong contender too.

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FilmMunch Prediction for Best Achievement in Production Design – Mad Max: Fury Road

6 Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Achievement in Costume Design at The Academy Awards 2016

This is probably the consolation prize that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would have won had it been nominated in this category, because let’s be honest, the Rey outfit and Kylo Ren outfit are stellar! Who doesn’t wish, even a little bit, that they could wear the Kylo Ren costume everyday to work!? Plus it looks comfy as. Regardless there is stiff competition, particularly from The Revenant and even The Danish Girl for that matter of fact. Plus Disney’s live adaption of Cinderella did impress. Tough call.

FilmMunch Prediction for Best Achievement in Costume Design – The Revenant 

7 Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling at The Academy Awards 2016

Only three are nominated in this category, and as much as the makeup and hairstyling was truly impressive in the George Miller action masterpiece, it will go to The Revenant. When you watch Leo in The Revenant, it does look as if he has in fact been brutally mauled by a massive bear, the makeup is phenomenal, plus did you see Tom Hardy’s hair, or lack-of?

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FilmMunch Prediction for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling – The Revenant

8 Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing at The Academy Awards 2016

Had Mad Max: Fury Road’s trailer been nominated for the Oscar in this category, and I had control over who got this award, it would have landed on George Miller’s front step. The film as a whole had great sound mixing, with the multiple layers of sound, in terms of score, sound effects and even hair-raising metal guitar strumming, but as noted here at FilmMunch, Star Wars: The Force Awaken had some truly rad sound mixing. I bet you could close your eyes and just listen to Episode VII and enjoy it as much.

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FilmMunch Prediction for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

9 Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Achievement in Sound Editing at The Academy Awards 2016

Just to clarify, in case some of you were wandering what the difference is between sound editing and sound mixing, the editing refers to the creation process of the sound layers, where as the mixing is the combining of these layers to make a complete soundtrack. That is why the new LightSaber sound is the one that will prove to be strong in it’s chances of winning here. Plus can you still hear that crying sound that emanated from those fancy TieFighters?

FilmMunch Prediction for Best Achievement in Sound Editing – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

10 Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Achievement in Visual Effects at The Academy Awards 2016

What a year it has been for visual effects, in all truth, films have not looked this great for a very long time! And, I get the sense that it’s only going to get better. CGI, when used properly along with Practical Effects can generate stunning imagery. The bear attack in The Revenant has to be the VFX moment of the year, but that worked so well because of the cinematography choices made. This is going to be another category that will be too close to call, and I sure hope Mad Max: Fury Road wins, because it’s got the best VFX for the year, but something tells me it will go to the J J Abrams project codenamed, exHanSolo.

FilmMunch Prediction for Best Achievement in Visual Effects – Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

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Final tally for Mad Max: Fury road is 3 out of 10. Point is, it’s an awesome film, worthy of everyone’s attention. Hope you are enjoying the awards season, and feel free to tell us your thoughts and even your predictions. Keep FilmMunching!