'The Great Gatsby'

"The Great Gatsby" is expected receive Oscar nominations in the production design, costume design and song categories. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

A handful of movies — "The Great Gatsby," "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" — are poised to dominate the craft categories, while Disney's "Frozen" seems like the front-runner set to win animated feature and original song. Here's how the races currently stand:



"The Wind Rises"

"The Croods"

"Despicable Me 2"

"Monsters University"

Bubbling under: "Ernest & Celestine," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," "Epic," "A Letter to Momo"

Analysis: Before "Frozen" opened last month, conventional wisdom had this Oscar going to the great Hayao Miyazaki for "The Wind Rises," the movie he says will be his last. But "Wind," a fictionalized bio of Zero airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi, isn't one of Miyazaki's more accessible movies, nor is it one of his best. And because Miyazaki had already won this category in 2003 for "Spirited Away," sentiment won't be a deciding factor. "Wind" will still make it in, though, perhaps pushing aside the lovely friendship story "Ernest & Celestine," the French movie distributed by GKIDS. The question: In a year dominated by decent commercial hits like "Despicable Me 2," can there be room for two animated art-house movies?

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"12 Years a Slave"

"The Great Gatsby"

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

"Oz the Great and Powerful"


Bubbling under: "Saving Mr. Banks," "American Hustle," "Her," "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Analysis: "Gatsby" might not be a factor for best picture or in acting, but it figures to clean up in several craft categories, particularly for the lavish work done here by Oscar winner Catherine Martin. "12 Years' " period plantation sets are an obvious choice, and branch voters will likely follow precedent, nominating spectacles like "The Hobbit" and "Oz." "Gravity" is a less conspicuous choice (and may well be bumped by the '70s swagger of "Hustle"), but its finely detailed spaceship interiors contributed much to the film's sense of authenticity.


"The Great Gatsby"