Oscars 2020 | Predictions for Best Sound Mixing
The 92nd Academy Awards is almost here. They announced the list of nominations in different categories on January 14, 2020. The ceremony is taking place on February 9, 2020, in the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, and will air live on ABC. Here, we’ll discuss Sound Mixing and all the Oscar 2020 nominations in this category.
Mostly it is confused with Sound Editing. Let me clear it up for you. Sound Editing involves collecting different sounds for use in a film. Whereas, Sound Mixing is taking the sounds collected and altering them. Mixers are used in the post-production phase to give life to the various sounds by tweaking the audio files. This will result in some sounds softer and some louder than their original level. This has a massive effect on the overall presentation of a film. For this purpose, there is a strong collaboration between the sound department, director and cinematographer.
Oscar-winning Supervising Sound Editor Mark A. Mangini (Mad Max, Bridge of Spies) discussed in an interview the various aspects of sound mixing. Here is a summary:
There are times I really believe it is the sound that’s helping give you focus. The sound kind of tells you where to look and tells a bit of the story.
The Oscars 2020 Nominees are:
Ad Astra – Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, and Mark Ulano
Ford v Ferrari – Paul Massey, David Giammarco, and Steven Morrow
Joker -Tom Ozanich, Dean A. Zupancic, and Tod A. Maitland
1917 – Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler, and Mark Ulano
After reviewing different predictions that have been made over the past month. Our conclusion is an agreement with the others, that there is a strong tie between “1917” and “Ford v Ferrari.” Historically speaking the Sound Mixing and Sound Editing awards go to the same movie. Hence it’s a close call and could go in either direction.