In addition to being one of the, allegedly, more difficult categories to explain sound work on a film often leads to interesting arguments about who can really tell what’s good sound and what’s not. I’m generally pleased with the entire slate of nominees we have here, three are in contention for my own year-end awards and the remaining two don’t seem to be coasters. Interestingly, we have a slate of four Best Picture nominees and what possibly was the tenth Best Picture hopeful.
The Nominees: Argo; Les Misérables; Life of Pi; Lincoln; Skyfall
Now who wins for sound mixing – the mixing of available sounds into a film?
Argo: John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Jose Antonio Garcia
Life of Pi: Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill, and Drew Kunin
Lincoln: Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Ronald Judkins
Les Misérables: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, and Simon Hayes
Skyfall: Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, and Stuart Wilson
It’s difficult to cry foul here, even if my own ballot is different. The only nominee one could realistically have expected here is , perhaps, Zero Dark Thirty which only shows up in Sound Editing.
Predicted Winner: Les Misérables, I suspect that this could become a significant winner of below-the-line awards. Just a hunch.
Alternate: Life of Pi, which is probably just as likely as Les Mis. Maybe I’ll change my mind before the big night.
Are you satisfied with the sound mixing ballot from the Academy? The musical or the tiger? The CIA or the secret agent? Who wins?