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January 23, 2014 6:13 PM
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2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Sound Mixing

"Gravity"

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 86th Academy Awards through March 2nd, when the winners are announced.

"Gravity" is winning this. End of discussion.

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
“Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Will win: “Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
Could win: “Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow
Should win: “Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

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8 Comments

  • Dylan | January 13, 2014 9:16 PMReply

    My Nominations (Best Sound Mixing):
    ALL IS LOST (I haven't seen the film yet, but from the trailers and clips I've seen, the sound mix does a great job of making you feel like you're lost in the middle of nowhere with the exception of water everywhere.)
    CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
    GRAVITY
    PACIFIC RIM
    THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

  • Bard | December 19, 2013 7:30 AMReply

    All Is Lost, Rush, Stark Trek and World War Z are going to battle this one out but Gravity is a sure bet to win.

  • Brett | November 7, 2013 12:38 PMReply

    Okay so you're putting Lone Survivor in the technical awards, but not the big ones? Hello?! It's a movie based on a failed mission in Afghanistan!!!

  • Tyler | November 6, 2013 10:06 PMReply

    Also left out: Upstream Color

  • Greg Mitchell | October 30, 2013 2:28 AMReply

    Hello out there? Did everyone forget THE CONJURING? for Mixing and for S Editing?

  • Brett | October 24, 2013 5:33 PMReply

    Aren't Sound Mixing and Sound Editing the same thing?

  • Michael | January 3, 2014 9:37 PM

    Actually, Jeff has that mixed around. Sound Mixing is the equivalent to Film Editing, Sound Editing is the equivalent to Cinematography.

    Sound Mixing refers to the process in which the sound mixer (re-recording mixers) edits the sound stems to go where they need to be, how loud it should be, etc. They essentially finalize the sound mix, like how a film editor excises and splices scenes for the final film. This also includes (though not as recognized by the Academy as the re-recording mixers) the on-set sound engineers who record incidental sounds and dialgoue. Mixers are important in connecting the sounds of the film with audience.

    The Sound Editor is the one who chooses/creates the sound stems and produce the sound aesthetics the film will follow, very much like how the cinematographer chooses which film stock or digital camera to dictate the look of the film. (Of course, when I say choose, the director has final say, but you catch my drift). They are important in connecting the sounds of the film to the story. Ben Burtt is who I think of when Sound Editing is talked about. He created iconic sounds for a lot of sci-fi and action films, like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Wall-E.

    Here's a modern example on how to distinguish the two: think of that Transformers mechanical sound during the opening title. That sound was chosen by the Editor. How potent it sounds within the mix is the work of the Mixer.

  • Jeff | December 9, 2013 5:22 PM

    Sound Mixing is like the audio equivalent of Cinematography, and Sound Editing is the audio equivalent of Film Editing.