When it comes to the techs, here are two categories that have been fairly predictable over the years. Part of the reason for this is because usually only three films are nominated. This, of course, makes no sense whatsover. Why should every other category get five slots and makeup and visual effects only three? “Dreamgirls” and “The Queen” could have easily filled up two more spots this year in makeup. Anyway, let’s take a peek at this year’s makeup finalists.

“Pan’s Labyrinth”

In a way. this is probably the easiest and dumbest category of the year. What is the deal with “Click?” Are we talking about the same movie here – where Adam Sandler plays a guy with a wacky remote control? This has got to go down as one of the most idiotic nominations in Oscar history. Of course, what would you expect from the Academy. Last year, “Cinderella Man” made the cut instead of “Transamerica” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

Obviously, “Click” has zero chance, but “Apocalypto” doesn’t have much more. While “Braveheart” did win this award over a decade ago, popular opinion for Mel Gibson has shifted quite a bit since and it’s hard to imagine the Academy giving him any award this year. “Pan’s Labyrinth” has been wowing audiences everywhere recently and with six total nominations, it’s bound to capture a few. This will be one of them.

Our pick: “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Over to visual effects, what happened to the days when more artistic and ground-breaking movies got nominated, like “Forrest Gump” and “Babe?” These days, it seems like the mantra is “the bigger the better.” Here are your nominees.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
“Superman Returns”

“Poseidon” is out because the Academy hardly ever rewards a box office dud in this category. “Superman Returns” features some interesting effects, but some it seemed fake, and the movie as a whole underperformed. “Pirates of the Caribbean 2” is the biggest movie of the bunch and the only other one with nominations in sound and sound editing. Its predecessor was nominated across the board in 2004, but had the misfortune of tangling with “Return of the King.” If “Spiderman 2” can win this award two years ago, there’s no reason why “Pirates” won’t add another something to their treasure chest.

Our pick: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”