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Oscars 2018: MPSE Nominations

The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced their nominees today. Which is odd, because they previously said they would announce on Monday. Wonder if the fact that Oscar nominations are Tuesday had something to do with it. They did that shit last year too, where they announced day before Oscar nominations, which did nobody any good.

But anyway, here they are, three days early. Now I’ll be able to go into the weekend with every guild at my disposal. Which is good, since the Sound categories are always their own deep, dark woods.

Here are your MPSE nominees for 2018:

Feature Film – Effects / Foley

A Quiet Place
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
First Man
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Ready Player One
Roma
The Favourite

The Favourite for Sound Effects? Okay, then. Roma, sure. I can kinda get it. The Favourite for FX?

Also of note, Mission Impossible has never been nominated at the Oscars.

A Quiet Place got nominated at both Sound guilds, but that strikes me as a film that gets one or neither category in the end. Knowing them they’ll nominate it in one and not the other. Figuring out which is always a dicey prospect.

Black Panther and First Man seem likely for one or both categories. Ready Player One — no clue where that ends up. And then now we have to contend with the notion of The Favourite or Roma getting in the Sound categories.

Fun times.

Let’s see how the rest of the categories shook out.

Feature Film – Dialogue / ADR

A Quiet Place
A Star is Born
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Roma
The Favourite

There’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Poppins and Star Is Born, here to make shit even tougher.

FX+Foley is the big one, but this one also can help you narrow it down. The double Roma/Favourite nominations really make me reevaluate how this one is gonna go. Poppins now establishes itself as a contender, just because you know it’ll get on their music category in a second.

These all have to be taken in conjunction with CAS, but still… this is definitely giving me an idea of what they liked.

CAS, by the way, had Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, Quiet Place and Star Is Born. So far everything is represented here and some of them are about to be represented more.

Feature Film – Music Underscore

Aquaman
A Quiet Place
Black Panther
First Man
Isle of Dogs
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Roma
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Roma again. Well that says a lot now, doesn’t it?

Quiet Place, Black Panther, First Man… Black Panther didn’t make ADR, but made music. Guess that’s something to note.

Feature Film – Musical

A Star is Born
Bohemian Rhapsody
Mary Poppins Returns

And there those are again.

I think we have enough to narrow both categories down to like 8 or 9 total contenders. Which is more than you can hope for most years.

Also of note — they had a “Non Theatrical Feature” category, in which they included mostly Netflix films. But then Rom and Buster Scruggs got on the main categories. How’d they figure that out? Roma had a nominal theatrical release a week or two before dropping on Netflix. To my knowledge, Buster Scruggs was pretty much day and date. So what differentiated that for you guys from the “non theatrical” Netflix releases?

Feature Film – Animation

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Peter Rabbit
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Smallfoot
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The Grinch

Just in case anyone cares about that.

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So yeah, those are your MPSE nominees. I’ll add those to my collection and see what that all means for Oscar nominations. Predictions article is Monday, and now all the data is in. So it’s just figuring shit out from now til then.

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One response

  1. Mason Evans Sr.

    A Quiet Place feels a lot like Baby Driver to me, so I think it’s getting nominated in both Mixing and Editing.

    January 19, 2019 at 2:23 am

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