Oscars 2019: MPSE Nominations

Okay, so the Academy just dumped nine shortlists on us today. But before we get into those, you’re all gonna have to listen to the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild nominees for Sound Editing.

This might be the last time they get their own category, since the Academy is thinking of folding the Sound categories into a single entity. Which won’t diminish how important the guild is for guessing nominees and winners, but it will just take away half the category we’ve become used to.

Anyway, MPSE nominates a bunch of categories. FX+Foley is the big one, Dialogue + ADR is the second big one, and then there’s Music as a third, and then Musical and Animated are also kinda there. But it’s those big three in that order that matter.

As a reminder, the Sound Mixers guild, in their one category, nominated Ford V. Ferrari, The Irishman, Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Rocketman.

Anyway, here are your nominees for Sound Editing from MPSE:

Best FX + Foley

1917
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
A Hidden Life
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

There’s 1917, like I was expecting. There’s Ford v Ferrari, Once Upon a Time. That all makes sense. John Wick would of course get on here. As would Avengers. Hidden Life is a new one. Guessing there are war sequences in that? Or maybe they just love Terrence Malick. I forget with them. Joker makes sense too. And Star Wars also makes sense.

Let’s see what else they did before I start talking about what the category might be.

Best Dialogue + ADR

1917
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Rocketman

Rocketman, Irishman. Okay, there’s the others. Of course Jojo got on here. That’s right up this category’s alley. So yeah, same stuff, same others. We’ve hit all the same five as CAS so far.

Best Music

Ad Astra
Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Queen & Slim
Waves

WAVES! Oh shit! That makes me happy. Loved the music design in that film. Queen and Slim was nice, but not the way Waves was. Dolemite was also awesome with the music, so that makes total sense as well. Little Women had to be all about Desplat doing the score. Ad Astra getting on only here tells me that film has no shot at any real nominations. A film like that could usually sneak an Editing nomination, but without BAFTA, I doubt it’s gonna happen. Especially since it seems like they’re gonna either match totally or go 4/5 the same this year.

Best Sound Editing in a Musical

Cats
Echo in the Canyon
Frozen II
Judy
Rocketman
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story
Western Stars

As you can see, this category is kind of a hodgepodge. Normally I’d use it to bolster a particular film, but really all this does is remind me that Cats technically could get on for Mixing. Otherwise I’m basically ignoring it other than to note that Rocketman has a shot at both categories.

Best Sound Editing in a Non-Theatrical Feature

Deadwood
Escape Plan: The Extractors
Guava Island
Io
Lady and the Tramp
Mary
O.G.
Togo

I noted this one just to show that they’re getting progressive. They’re including VOD stuff. Netflix apparently warrants the big category. But this is all either HBO, VOD, Disney+, Amazon Prime… oh wait, Io is Netflix. Okay, so it’s not perfect. But I guess they mean stuff that never got into a theater at all. But hey, it’s a start.

Also, the third Escape Plan movie made it on. How hilarious is that?

Best Sound Editing – Animation

Abominable
Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lion King
Missing Link
Spies in Disguise
Toy Story 4
White Snake

And Animation, just because we can. Animated films don’t really make it on anymore unless they’re monster hits, and even then, the last one to make it on was Toy Story 3 nine years ago. So I’m not sure this means anything other than to note yet another guild that considered Lion King animated.

Also, the Documentary had Apollo 11, The Cave, Echo in the Canyon, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (no shit), Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story and Sea of Shadows.

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So yeah, just blindly, you know that your category is gonna consist of some version of 1917, Ford v Ferrari, Irishman, Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Rocketman, Star Wars. Because both new trilogy Star Wars movies have been nominated in both Sound categories, FYI. That’s 7 for five spots. Maybe there’s a variation in one. Rocketman only gets on Mixing, Joker only gets on Editing. I’m not totally certain Joker gets on either, but if BAFTA nominates it, then you can’t ignore that. I also wanna see if Cats has a play in Mixing or if it’s just gonna whiff entirely in favor of Rocketman. That seems most likely, but one never knows.

I wanna see what BAFTA does. I suspect BAFTA will put Once Upon a Time, 1917, Ford v Ferrari, Rocketman and one other film off the board in their Sound category. But let’s wait the month and see where they go. But otherwise, I think we’ve got a pretty good handle on these categories so far.

Okay, nine shortlists coming at you as fast as I can write them up. Start placing your bets on what order they come in, because even I don’t know which one I’m gonna feel like starting with.

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One response

  1. It looks like Joker, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, and Rocketman (with the help of MPSE’s musical category) are the only three films to make the CAS category and the hat trick of FX/Foley, Dialogue/ADR, and a Music category at MPSE.

    December 20, 2019 at 12:14 am

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