Leading up to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, we’re diving into as many of the nominated films as possible to look at what their chances are for taking home the Oscar. Today we’re looking at Blade Runner 2049, which is nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects.
Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to the original Sci-Fi cult classic. The original Blade Runner takes place in a futuristic version of the US where human-like androids, replicants, have been enslaved by man to work on off-world colonies. A group of replicants goes returns to earth and are hunted down by a Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a “blade runner” whose job is to track and “retire” (kill) replicants. 2049 takes place 30 years after the original film and follows K (Ryan Gosling) a blade runner that uncovers a secret that could tear the world apart.
Blade Runner 2049 is amazing. It’s a perfect sequel to the original film. But it’s also a perfect stand-alone film. In some ways it’s not as much of a sequel as it is just another story told within this universe. You can watch the original and get more out of it. Or you can go into it blind. Either way it’s a phenomenal piece of cinema, and one that as time goes on will become known as one of the greatest Science Fiction films ever made. Just like the original.
It’s a shame that the film wasn’t nominated in more categories, and that may be due to the fact that it didn’t do very well at the box office. The film deserves every single nomination. That being said as of now I think it’s best bet may be Cinematography and Production design.
The world created within this film is visually stunning. And so much of that rests on that aspect. It helps having Roger Deakins as the cinematographer. As one of the best cinematographers in the business, Deakins ranks as one of the few people know by name. This is his 14th nomination and he has yet to win an Oscar and faces some stiff competition this year.
As for Production Design, there’s a large part of me that thinks this is Blade Runner’s to claim. There’s so many beautiful set pieces in this film. And nearly every scene is distinctly different, offering a new view into this world with each scene. Unless the Academy decides to go with a period piece, Blade Runner should win this.
Visual Effects at this point are probably going to War for the Planet of the Apes. No other film has enough weight to it like that film does. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may be its a fierce competitor. But the question is does the Academy give it to the superhero film or the motion capture film? Neither grouping is an Academy favorite.
Sound Editing and Sound Mixing will most likely go to Dunkirk or Baby Driver. In some ways Baby Driver is the dark horse and may be more deserving. Dunkirk is the front runner though. Most war films tend to win these awards, as the sounds tend to be an important aspect in creating the world of the film. Gun shots, explosions, etc.
Blade Runner 2049 is currently available on DVD, Digital and Blu-Ray. Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Oscar coverage. The Oscars air on ABC Tomorrow at 8pm ET.