OSCAR PREDICTION CHARTS — November 17, 2008

NUTSHELL: For the second straight update, the tech charts remain largely untouched this week. The craft elements of “Revolutionary Road” and “Milk” have proven themselves quite deserving of consideration this year, while we’re still waiting to see if the same can be said of “The Curious case of Benjamin Button” and “The Reader.” That song category is beginning to take shape, while I’m expecting any number of blindsiding surprises in the sound fields. We really need the guidance of the guilds here before we can begin making educated guesses.

Column: “Getting to know you”

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ART DIRECTION
1 “Australia”
Catherine Martin
up
2 “Revolutionary Road”
Kristi Zea; Debra Schutt
down
3 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Donald Graham Burt; Victor J. Zolfo
down
4 “The Duchess”
Michael Carlin
5 “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
Guy Dyas; Larry Dias, Alyssa Winter
6 “Defiance”
Dan Weil; Véronique Melery
7 “Changeling”
James J. Murakami; Gary Fettis
8 “The Reader”
Brigitte Broch; Eva Stiebler
9 “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
Stephen Scott; Elli Griff
10 “The Fall”
Ged Clarke; Riccardo Pugliese, Cynthia Sleiter

CINEMATOGRAPHY
1 “The Dark Knight”
Wally Pfister
2 “Australia”
Mandy Walker
3 “Revolutionary Road”
Roger Deakins
4 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Claudio Miranda
5 “Defiance”
Eduardo Serra
6 “Milk”
Harris Savides
up
7 “Blindness”
César Charlone
down
8 “Changeling”
Tom Stern
down
9 “The Reader”
Chris Menges
10 “Valkyrie”
Newton Thomas Siegel

COSTUME DESIGN
1 “Revolutionary Road”
Albert Wolsky
2 “The Duchess”
Michael O’Connor
3 “The Other Boleyn Girl”
Sandy Powell
4 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Jacqueline West
5 “The Fall”
Eiko Ishioka
up
6 “Changeling”
Deborah Hopper
down
7 “Australia”
Catherine Martin
down
8 “Defiance”
Jenny Beaven
down
9 “The Reader”
Ann Roth
down
10 “Brideshead Revisited”
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh

FILM EDITING
1 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
2 “Slumdog Millionaire”
Chris Dickens
3 “Defiance”
Steven Rosenblum
4 “Milk”
Elliot Graham, Gus Van Sant
5 “Frost/Nixon”
Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
6 “The Dark Knight”
Lee Smith
7 “Australia”
Dody Dorn, Michael McCusker
8 “Revolutionary Road”
Tariq Anwar
up
9 “Quantum of Solace”
Matt Chesse, Richard Pearson
down
10 “Iron Man”
Dan Lebental

MAKEUP
1 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
2 “Synecdoche, New York”
3 “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”
4 “The Reader”
5 “Tropic Thunder”
6 “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
7 “W.”
8 “The Dark Knight”
9 “Frost/Nixon”
10 “Australia”

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
1 “WALL-E”
Thomas Newman
2 “Revolutionary Road”
Thomas Newman
3 “Defiance”
James Newton Howard
4 “Australia”
David Hirschfelder
5 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Alexandre Desplat
6 “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
John Williams
7 “Milk”
Danny Eflman
8 “The Reader”
Alberto Iglesias
9 “Doubt”
Howard Shore
10 “The Happening”
James Newton Howard

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
1 “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E”
Peter Gabriel
2 “The Wrestler” from “The Wrestler”
Bruce Springsteen
3 “All Dressed Up in Love” from “Sex and the City”
Jennifer Hudson
4 “Rock Me Sexy Jesus” from “Hamlet 2”
Phoebe Strole
5 “A Night to Remember” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”
Cast of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”
6 “Another Way to Die” from “Quantum of Solace”
Alicia Keys, Jack White
7 “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”
AR Rahmen
8 “Little Person” from “Synecdoche, New York”
Jon Brion
9 “I Thought I Lost You” from “Bolt”
Miley Cyrus
NEW
10 “I Want it All” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”
Cast of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”
NEW

SOUND EDITING
1 “Wall-E”
2 “The Dark Knight”
3 “Iron Man”
4 “Defiance”
5 “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
6 “Body of Lies”
7 “Quantum of Solace”
8 “Hancock”
9 “The Day the Earth Stood Still”
10 “Valkyrie”

SOUND MIXING
1 “Wall-E”
2 “Defiance”
3 “Australia”
4 “The Dark Knight”
5 “Iron Man”
6 “Body of Lies”
7 “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
8 “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”
9 “Cloverfield”
10 “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

VISUAL EFFECTS
1 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
2 “Iron Man”
3 “The Day the Earth Stood Still”
4 “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”
5 “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
6 “Hancock”
7 “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
8 “The Incredible Hulk”
9 “Speed Racer”
10 “The Spiderwick Chronicles”