Oscar Predictions: Sound Mixing and Editing

23 Feb

In my second Oscar Prediction post I will tackle both Sound categories, the Mixing and Editing ones, both of which, I believe, are all but sewn up by a certain mind-bending summer blockbuster.

BEST SOUND MIXING

Nominees

  • Inception (Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick)
  • The King’s Speech (Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley)
  • Salt (Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin)
  • The Social Network (Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten)
  • True Grit (Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland)

I honestly cannot see how Inception could lose this one, the work done here, done by the same trio that was nominated for working on The Dark Knight, is just mesmerizing, mixing the sound of three very intricate dream levels and music and a huge amount of elements, it’s all seriously great stuff.

However, if an upset were to somehow occur, I could only comprehend it being at the hands of the team that worked on The Social Network, that film was extremely dialogue-driven and the mixing of it, with many times the dialogue overlapping and with the background noises blending in, was superbly done. The group of four who worked on this one was the same which was nominated before for David Fincher’s previous movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and two of them already have two Oscars (David Parker won for The Bourne Ultimatum and The English Patient, while Michael Semanick won for King Kong and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).

Should Win: Inception
Will Win: Inception

BEST SOUND EDITING

Nominees

  • Inception (Richard King)
  • Toy Story 3 (Tom Myers and Michael Silvers)
  • TRON: Legacy (Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague)
  • True Grit (Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey)
  • Unstoppable (Mark P. Stoeckinger)

Don’t expect this award to go to anyone else other than to Inception‘s Richard King, who already won twice before, in 2008 for The Dark Knight and in 2003 for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The work he does here is sublime, coming up with a really neat sound difference between the dream and waking worlds.

Should Win: Inception
Will Win: Inception

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