2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Mixing
Whereas sound editing is the creation of sounds, sound mixing is the combination of all of those sounds to create an atmosphere. Sound editing creates the sound of a gunshot bursting through the side of a ship. Sound mixing mixes together the tens of gunshots going off at once while voices scream and water rushes in.
That makes Dunkirk an easy lock. Star Wars: The Last Jedi should also have no problem getting in with it being heavy in battles filled with noise. Blade Runner 2049, like most Denis Villeneuve films, is heavy on the atmosphere factor, and it should certainly find its way in.
The Shape of Water is another strong contender. The combination of an alien creature, an underground facility and a lot of water makes for an eerie mix.
Baby Driver was mixed brilliantly; sound mixing would be one of the few categories the film could make a run at and it would be wholly deserved as the mixing of the music is totally unique.
War for the Planet of the Apes will be interesting to see. It certainly has the merit, and a good push from Fox could make it a contender as technicals are less biased against genre films.
Like Baby Driver, music centric movies like Coco and The Greatest Showman will certainly be in the mix.
Then, a lot of gun heavy films are still in play: Detroit, Hostiles and Wonder Woman.
Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo, Mark Weingarten — Dunkirk
David Parker, Michael Semanchick — Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth — Blade Runner 2049
Tim Cavagin, Julian Slater — Baby Driver
Christian T. Cooke, Filip Hosek, Brad Zoern — The Shape of Water
Brian Bair, Will Files, Tom Lalley, Douglas Murray, Andy Nelson — War for the Planet of the Apes
Paul N.J. Ottosson, Tom Burns — Detroit
Tod A. Maitland, Jason Stasium, Don White — The Greatest Showman
Paul Urmson — Hostiles
Ronnie Mukwaya — Wonder Woman
Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanchick — Coco
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