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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Editing

Sound is key to Caesar tracking in snow, Amazon warriors in battle, Spitfire dogfights above Dunkirk, Baby Driver in traffic, and K zooming over L.A.

Jack Lowden, “Dunkirk”

Sound is a crucial engine in any movie, but it’s the big-scale, layered soundscapes that tend to get the most awards attention. This year, the sound in war drama “Dunkirk” is crucial for this almost-silent, radically-structured action movie. And “War for the Planet of the Apes” is also relatively dialogue-light–except when Woody Harrelson’s Kurtz-like Colonel and Andy Serkis as Caesar explode in a dramatic face-off. And each time Ryan Gosling’s K in “Blade Runner,” Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman or Ansel Elgort’s Baby Driver enters a new landscape, the sound design clues us into what’s going on.

Here are our current predictions in alphabetical order. No movie will be deemed a frontrunner until I see it. Craft editor Bill Desowitz helped with these picks.

“Blade Runner 2049”

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Frontrunners:
Will Files (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)
Richard King (“Dunkirk”)
Mark Mangini and Theo Green (“Blade Runner 2049”)
James Mather (“Wonder Woman”)
Julian Slater (“Baby Driver”)

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“War for Planet of the Apes”

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Contenders:
Craig Berkey (“Darkest Hour”)
Richard Hymns (“The Post”)
Eric A. Norris, Steven Ticknor (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”)
Warren Shaw (“Beauty and the Beast”)
Donald Sylvester (“Logan”)
Matthew Wood (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)

Long Shots:
John Flores, Eliza Paley, Daniel Ward (“Wonderstuck”)
Mildred Iatrou, Ai-Ling Lee (“Battle of the Sexes”)
Shannon Mills (“Thor: Ragnarok”)
Damian Volpe (“Mudbound”)

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