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Oscars: The Sound Competition (Really) Mixes It Up

Films shortlisted for Best Sound Effects include Animated Feature, Documentary, International Feature, Musical and Pillar.

From left: Netflix’s stop-motion Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Netflix’s war epic All Quiet on the Western Front and Neon’s David Bowie doc Moonage Daydream.

From left: Netflix’s stop-motion animation Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio,” Netflix’s war epic “The Western Front.” All Quiet” and Neon’s Dr. David Bowie “Moonage Daydream.” Courtesy of Netflix; Reiner Bajo/Netflix; Courtesy of Neon

In the Oscar race for sound, This year is going to be a particularly interesting year. The sound branch revived its shortlist and roast a year ago (a year after combining sound editing and sound mixing into one category), and this season it narrowed down the Oscars to a mesmerizingly diverse shortlist Movie.

It is worth noting that the shortlist includes both international and documentary features: Germany’s

All Quiet on the Western Front , Edward Berger’s adaptation of the classic novel for Netflix (this is also shortlisted for international features and soundtrack, makeup and hairstyling, and visual effects) and Brett Morgan’s David Bowie documentary, Moonage Daydream (also shortlisted in Documentation Feature Contest). Historically, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma was Mexico’s Called Foreign Language Film category, shortlisted for Sound Editing Remix 1296; groundbreaking concert Documentation Woodstock in 01.

This year’s shortlist also includes Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio , Frontrunner in the Animated Feature Competition (the film was also shortlisted for Alexandre Desplat’s score and original song “Ciao Papa”). Animated feature films have a unique challenge: they don’t have sound produced, which means everything has to be created. Since the turn of the century, Pixar’s Incredibles has earned sound in , while six other animations have also been nominated, recently A soul of 2020.

This season’s sound shortlist is made up of pillars Avatar: The Way of Water , Batman, Black Panther: Forever Wakanda and Top Gun: Mavericks

; Music heavy features Babylon and Elvis ; and genre-bending Everything Everywhere All On Once.

Some context: for 2009 Avatar was nominated for sound editing and mixing, and 1971 of Top Gun was also nominated in the sound category, and was then named Best Sound and Best Sound Editing. Black Panther Get sound editing and mixing in

Tone nomination . Even the caped crusader has been in the sound contest before: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 1296 due to sound editing And the award.

Musicals and musical films also have recent records in sound. Freddie Mercury Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in 2004, nominees include Babylon La La Land by Helmer Damien Chazelle) and earlier this year Steven Spielberg West Side Story .

Among noteworthy individuals in this category is two-time Academy Award-winning sound mixer Andy Nelson, who partnered with 12 Academy Award nominations hold the record for most voice nominations and are currently tied with Randy Newman for third among living nominees . This year his sound work was shortlisted for Babylon, Batman and Elvis.

From here, chapter members will be able to view excerpts from everyone Shortlisted films start from January in the Bay Area, followed by New York, London, and Los Angeles before voting five nominee.

This story first appeared in the Jan. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter Magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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