BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

WILL WIN: Hugo
oscar.go.com/nominees/sound-editing/hugo

UPSET POTENTIAL: Weak. These awards go to either respected summer blockbusters or the big budget prestige pic with a lot of nominations. It’s the latter this year, and that’s Hugo. War Horse could surprise, though, as it’s a prestige pic with war sequences.


BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

WILL WIN: Hugo
oscar.go.com/nominees/sound-mixing/hugo

UPSET POTENTIAL: Weak. Ditto above.


BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

WILL WIN: Hugo
oscar.go.com/nominees/visual-effects/hugo

UPSET POTENTIAL: Possible, as all the contenders are strong. But Hugo is still probably the most respected film of the bunch, and its 3D has been praised as the best ever.

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If my predictions hold true, the night's big winners will be:

The Artist – 7
Hugo – 5


Jeffrey Huston is Lead Creative at Steelehouse Productions, a film and video production company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also regularly reviews films for the Movies channel at Crosswalk.com.