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Oscars 2012 Category Breakdown: Best Sound Mixing & Best Sound Editing

I continue my breakdown of all the 2012 Oscar categories today with Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing (which is technically called Best Sound).

Most people don’t really know the difference between these categories. Here they are:

Sound Editing is the creation and compiling of sounds for the sound mix. That is to say — getting the dialogue, fixing it up, synching it to the image, adding music to the images, adding sound effects, creating sound effects — all of that. That’s Sound Editing. The physical creation of the sound mix.

Now, Sound Mixing is the actual mix itself. Everything you hear in the film. The final film and what it sounds like. The difference is that Sound Editing is all the pieces, and Sound Mixing is the whole. The Sound Mixing category is the one that has musicals in it, since those are about the entire sound mix and not the creation of sounds. Sound Editing is usually more for films that are action-heavy, or feature lots of sound effects. The Dark Knight is a good example of Sound Editing. They had to create and layer in the sound effects along with the score (not to mention Bane’s voice and all that). And then the sound mix is the final product you hear in the film. That’s the difference.

So we’re gonna start with Sound Mixing (Best Sound) and then move to Sound Editing. I’ll list all the previous winners of the categories, discuss this year’s category, then rank what I feel the likelihood is of each of the nominees winning: (more…)


Oscars 2012 Update: Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced their awards last night. Two of the nominees won.

Anna Karenina won for Period Film.

Mirror Mirror won for Fantasy Film.

Skyfall won for Contemporary Film.

None of these wins are surprising at all. And I think we all agree Anna Karenina is a huge favorite to win the Oscar category. So, no surprises at all.

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