Skip to main content

Oscars 2017: Sound Mixing


As part of The Lamb Devours the Oscars I'm looking at the Sound Mixing category. The sound mixers go to work after the all of the movie's sounds have been edited together. It's their job to decide the levels of all the sounds, so whether you hear the score over the top of everything else or quietly in the background. Understandably, it's common for war movies and musicals to get nominated. The award is usually given to the Sound Mixers themselves. 

Erik Aadahl - Sound Editing nominee for Argo in 2013 - described the roles of Sound Editor and Sound Mixer in an interview with Deadline: "One way of thinking about it is kind of like an orchestra, where you'll have the composer composing the symphony and then a conductor saying, 'More flutes here,' and that's very much like what mixing is - it's like conducting."  

Previous winners include:

  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudolph and Ben Osmo
  • Les Miserables (2012) - Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
  • The Hurt Locker (2009) - Paul N. J. Ottosson and Ray Becket
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek
  • Chicago (2002) - Michael Minkler, Dominick Tavella and David Lee
  • Gladiator (2000) - Scott Millan, Bob Beemer and Ken Weston 
This year's nominations are:

Arrival
Sound Mixers:
Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye












Hacksaw Ridge
Sound Mixers:
Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace












La La Land
Sound Mixers:
Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow












Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Sound Mixers:
David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson












13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Sound Mixers:
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffery J. Haboush and Mac Ruth












La La Land is the obvious favourite, currently leading the race with 14 nominations. Sound Mixing is likely a sure thing for a musical with this kind of following; in fact my money is on La La Land to win. But I would like to see one of the other nominees win this one. All of them are equally deserving of the award making it a difficult pick. If it were up to me, it would be between Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One and 13 Hours. But that's just me.

Who would you like to win the Oscar for Sound Mixing? And whom do you think will win the award? Contact us at The Large Association of Movie Bloggers (The Lamb) to let us know or find me on Twitter: Moustache Movie News

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Paratrooper

These days it seems that most movies and TV Shows about World War 2 focus on the Americans. We have even seen a British operation depicted as carried out by the Americans - U-571 - yes Hollywood, we're still bitter. That's not to say there haven't been some good ones; Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Hacksaw Ridge, these are all brilliant depictions of World War 2. But are we in danger of younger generations thinking the Americans single-handedly won the war? What happened to the good old days when movies were made about British actions? Or better yet, movies like The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far, which told the story from the point of view of all involved, including the local civilians. That said, could movies like Dunkirk and Darkest Hour be a sign that things are changing?



Recently we spoke with Lance Nielsen, the Director/Writer/Producer is currently working on a TV series that depicts the actions of British Airborne forces during the war. "P…

Breathe Easy: Average Guy Movie Review

Breathe Easy is an independent film, shot in multiple locations throughout ten countries. This global accomplishment took more than 20 directors roughly a year to make. Strange clouds have appeared in the sky across the globe and people are starting to behave in very strange ways. Governments are scrambling to deal with the crisis, but without knowing the cause, what can they do except...Breathe Easy? 



In a time when Hollywood studios can afford to film all over the world, it's easy for us to become indifferent. But an independent film shooting in ten countries including the UK, US, Australia and Hong Kong is an incredible achievement. And the results speak for themselves. Instead of focusing on one region or group during a global disaster - with small updates of events occurring elsewhere - the action is shared pretty much equally across all locations. It's an interesting look at how different people react to the same situation. Some will run, some will hide. Some will just ge…

Anticipated Movies of 2018

2018 is nearly here and with it comes a years worth of highly anticipated movies, here are a few to look forward to:

Molly's Game - 1st January
In his directorial debut, Aaron Sorkin tells the story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain). Bloom - a former Olympic Skier - ran underground poker games for the Hollywood elite, eventually becoming the target of an FBI investigation.



All the Money in the World - 5th January
In 1973 John Paul Getty III - grandson of the wealthiest man on the planet - was kidnapped by the Mafia and held for ransom. But Grandad refused to pay leaving JP III to suffer 5 months of brutal captivity and his mother Gail Harris (Michelle Williams) fighting to bring him home. Her only help, Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), an ex-CIA Agent working as a Fixer for John Paul Getty I.



Darkest Hour - 12th January
Winston Churchill is brought to life by an almost unrecognisable Gary Oldman. Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour tells the story of Churchill's first 4 weeks in off…