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Oscars 2018: CAS Nominations

Okay, the shortlist you’ve all been waiting for has been announced. BEST SOUND MIXING!

Oh, what, you thought you were getting the DGA list first? Nah. You gotta eat your salad and then you’ll get the main course.

The Cinema Audio Society also announced their nominations today, so we’re gonna talk Best Sound Mixing as well.

Sound Mixing, to remind you if you’re not all up on your categories, is the entire sound design in the film. Musicals do great here, as do war movies. Basically, if you assume Dunkirk and Baby Driver and probably Star Wars, then you’re most of the way there already. (And this is before I’ve even seen the list.)

Here are your CAS nominees for this year:

Best Sound Mixing

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Quiet Place

A Star Is Born

And then, for Animation — Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Into the Spider-Verse and The Grinch. Nothing overly surprising there.

In terms of the category, I would be shocked if Star Is Born or First Man didn’t make it on. And Bohemian Rhapsody makes a lot of sense too. Musicals always do well in this category. The question is whether or not they can take down First Man, but that’s a discussion for another day. So assuming we figure those three are on, now we have two spots left.

Does Black Panther make it on? I’m leaning toward assuming it does and seeing if and where they leave it off. It’s tough to think it makes both Sound categories, but you never know. A Quiet Place doesn’t sound like something that will end up being nominated. Especially since… no dialogue.

Personally, I’d look to one of the Best Picture nominees to slip on here, because they love nominating the movies they loved the most in the Sound categories. Maybe they already have, who knows. But I remember Birdman making both Sound categories for seemingly no reason. They will always go Best Picture nominees and then loud movies with sound designers they like. 13 Hours got on out of nowhere because it was Bay’s team. Those are the two things to really look at for what the final spot will be.

Mary Poppins could always sneak on, but that doesn’t feel like the kind of movie that gets nominations like this unless it was coming from the top down. Something like The Favourite feels more likely in Editing. Ready Player One is Spielberg, and he’s no stranger to the Sound categories. I’d keep him in contention, or at least in the discussion for that last spot. Bridge of Spies got on, though admittedly that was a top down scenario. Still, worth noting.

Also of note: no Mission: Impossible movie has ever been nominated in the Sound categories.

Roma doesn’t feel like it’ll miraculously get Sound nominations. It’s not that kind of movie. If it does, watch out in the big categories. I’m trying to think if there’s anything else that might fit this bill… and I’m not really coming up with much. Outlaw King because of the battle sequences? Unlikely. I’m thinking whatever it is will either show up on the MPSE list, or it’ll be an action movie we left for dead months ago (Solo or something). Or both, I guess.

This is definitely not last year, where you had an amazing set of Sound categories. This is one where you’ll probably have most of them the same, and it’ll feel pretty ho hum.

Right now, I can probably tell you that First Man wins Editing and it either also wins Mixing or A Star Is Born/Bohemian Rhapsody wins Mixing instead. But let’s wait for MPSE/BAFTA before we start setting things in stone.

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One response

  1. MasonEvansSr

    I think you forgot to update the start of the post since last year, since you’re talking about Dunkirk, Star Wars, and Baby Driver.

    Also, it’s important to note that CAS almost never goes 5/5 with the Oscars, and that they’ve nominated several Superhero movies like Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Iron Man 3 that missed in the end.

    January 8, 2019 at 1:58 pm

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