Friday, April 16, 2010

One Category at a Time: Best Sound Editing

We usually see a strong correlation between the two sound categories, and as such, three of my predicted Mixing contenders make repeat appearances here.

The first of which is Iron Man 2. Sound designer Frank E. Eulner earned his first career nomination in 2009 for the first Iron Man installment, and could get another one if his work on the sequel is anywhere near as inventive. Critical approval and a big box office would certainly help.

Looking to follow suit is Paramount's other summer release, The Last Airbender, whose sounds are being crafted by previous winners Richard Hymns (Saving Private Ryan) and Randy Thom (The Incredibles). The action/fantasy elements will likely draw attention to the sound design.

Disney, meanwhile, will try to upstage Paramount with their own fantasy saga Prince of Persia. Tim Nielsen has worked as an assistant sound effects editor/designer on a number of nominated films, including Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, There Will Be Blood, and Avatar. As supervising sound editor/designer of Prince of Persia, he could be up for his first Oscar nomination this year, if the film delivers.

Even if it doesn't, Disney has a holiday season release to keep the cash flowing; a reboot of the 80's cult classic Tron. If any of this summer's product disappoints, Tron: Legacy could benefit from its later release date, making it fresher in the minds of voters. Another late release that could impress with its aural design is The Way Back, being handled by Oscar winner Richard King (The Dark Knight). The Peter Weir epic may not sound like a typical Sound Editing nominee on paper, but neither did movies like Inglourious Basterds or Slumdog Millionaire or There Will Be Blood. They got in by virtue of being strong Best Picture contenders, and King's last collaboration with Peter Weir, Master and Commander, also brought him Oscar glory.

Predicted 5:
Iron Man 2
The Last Airbender
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Tron: Legacy
The Way Back

Also consider: ??? for The A-Team, James Boyle & Nigel Stone for Voyage of the Dawn Treader, James Boyle & Oliver Tarney Green Zone, ??? for Inception, Ann Scibelli for Robin Hood, Warren Shaw for Salt, ??? for The Sorcerer's Apprentice, ??? for True Grit.


Tom said...

Will you be predicting the short films - animated, live action, and documentary?

Most of the time I never see/hear about any of these until the Oscar nominations are announced.

The Oscar Nazi said...

Certainly not. I won't even be predicting documentary or foreign language features. I do my best to keep track of possible nominees throughout the year, but won't make any guesses until the Academy releases a shortlist of eligible contenders.

Tom said...

I just got that spam notice. Sorry that you hit with that.

Is the spammer a reason that you're moving to a new blog address?

I've been thinking of shutting down myself and moving to a new address...


The Awards Nazi said...

No, but avoiding the spam would be a nice perk (although I'm sure it won't take long for it to catch up with me again)!

The move has more to do with changing the name of the blog, which I just haven't gotten around to doing until now.