Oscars 2011 Update: Motion Picture Sound Editors Nominations

They announced the Motion Picture Sound Editors nominations today.

There’s been an update in terms of my understanding of the categories. Apparently my looking it up wasn’t quite as good a job as I’d expected. The actual way it works, according to what I’ve now looked up, is: Sound Editing is the creation of the sound mix — dialogue, sound effects, ADR and music (as evidenced by all these categories). Sound Mixing is the physical process of mixing all of these together onto the soundtrack. Which makes much more sense. So I’ve pretty much been wrong all this time. I prefer to think of it as “misinformed.” No one’s called me out on it and corrected me, so I like to think about it as — we’re all misinformed. Kind of like in high school when none of us were actually properly taught grammar.

Anyway, here are all the nominees — there are a lot of them. Be prepared.

BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS AND FOLEY IN A FEATURE FILM

Drive

Fast Five

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Super 8

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

And:

BEST SOUND EDITING: MUSIC IN A FEATURE FILM

Drive

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hop

Hugo

Priest

Super 8

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Tree of Life

And:

BEST SOUND EDITING: DIALOGUE AND ADR IN A FEATURE FILM

Abduction

The Help

Moneyball

Quarantine II: Terminal

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Super 8

War Horse

And:

BEST SOUND EDITING: MUSIC IN A MUSICAL FEATURE FILM

Footloose

The Muppets

Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Pina

And:

BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS, FOLEY, DIALOGUE AND ADR IN AN ANIMATION FEATURE FILM

The Adventures of Tintin

Cars 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Rango

Rio

The Smurfs

There are lots, lots more. These were the pertinent ones. I just wanted to overwhelm you. They mean nothing to me, either.

The things to take from this (I guess), is — nothing, really. I honestly only saw that they like Drive. They like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They like Super 8. I’d put them as the favorites for this (and maybe even mixing. Or maybe that’s and/or) for the Oscars. Apes and Ghost Protocol have a shot. War Horse is a contender. Maybe Hugo. The Best Picture films always make a showing. The Artist probably won’t make a big showing here, just because — there’s no dialogue. It’s more of a Sound Mixing film. If it gets both — watch out. I think it only gets one, though.

My guess is that the most likely candidates for an Oscar nomination (on a personal longlist) are:

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Drive
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Hugo
  • Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Super 8
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • War Horse

I’d also say that Moneyball is definitely a contender for Sound Mixing, and so is The Artist. Hanna got a Sound Mixing nomination. Maybe that can get in. I doubt it, though. Hugo is another contender. And The Descendants. I think the rule of thumb here was to use what they nominate as a basis, then sprinkle in the major Oscar contenders, because they tend to nominate them regardless.

Last year, the Sound Editing category was Inception, Toy Story 3, Tron: Legacy, True Grit and Unstoppable. Pixar doesn’t get in when the film isn’t strong (i.e., the first Cars didn’t get on, so I’d guess this one won’t. I may be wrong,  though).

So based on last year alone (since I have until Tuesday to think about this), I’d say…

Drive

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Super 8

And… War Horse? Maybe something random. Revenge of the Fallen didn’t get on, so I don’t know if they put on Dark of the Moon. That year was Hurt Locker and Avatar, then Up, Star Trek and Inglourious Basterds. Basterds got on over (presumably) Dark of the Moon. So I say we lean toward potential Best Picture nominees over films like Transformers, just because they tend to go with the smaller films they like better. Which, this year, would be Super 8 and Drive. I feel like Drive is gonna get one of the two. Not sure which. Probably this one.

Dark of the Moon did have a great sound mix, though. I think. I can’t remember. I was too busy paying attention to the 3D. Dragon Tattoo seems like an absolute lock here. That is going on my list no matter what. Both categories. Hugo, I assume, will get one of the two, at least. The Descendants seems like it’ll slip on one of these, just because it’s considered a Best Picture favorite (one of the three, anyway). War Horse is a perfect film for this category, so that has to be considered a contender as well.

It’s practically impossible to guess, though. So let’s just leave it at — we’ll figure it out by Tuesday.

Also, really important day tomorrow, as we basically find out what the favorite is to win Best Picture when the PGA Awards are announced.

As a teaser (since I’ll tell you specifically which ones they were tomorrow. Or you can look it up if you’re impatient or give a shit), I’ll tell you: they’ve only missed 7 times in 22 years. Which isn’t the the lock I was hoping it to be, but, actually, all I said is that it shows you what the favorite is. So that’s accurate. Either way, big day tomorrow.

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