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Oscars 2020 | Predictions for Best Sound Editing

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The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on February 9, 2020, in the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, and will air live on ABC. The announcement of the list of nominations in different categories was made on January 14, 2020. We’ll discuss the Oscar 2020 Sound Editing nominations.

Sound Editing

Often confused with Sound Mixing, this part of production involves gathering sounds for a film. Many people are involved in this phase. The lead sound editor decides what will be heard in a film. She is in charge of assigning roles such as finding, recording, and picking particular sounds (music, dialogues, sound effects) for a movie. Let’s look at Hildur Guðnadóttir, who is the composer of the Grammy awarded Chernobyl soundtrack. For this score, she recorded the sounds of a real nuclear power plant (pumps, reactors, and turbines). Finally, the Sound Mixing takes place, which is mixing and tweaking of the collected sounds. If you want to know more, check this video by Oscar-nominated sound editor Julian Slater.

The Oscar 2020 Nominees are:

Ford v Ferrari – Don Sylvester
Joker – Alan Robert Murray
1917 – Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Wylie Stateman
Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker – Matthew Wood, David Acord

Our Predictions:

Over the past decade, six of the nine Oscar ceremonies have seen the best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing award go to one movie. This year the movies running neck and neck in the Oscar race for sound editing are “1917″ and “Ford v Ferrari”. It is very difficult to ascertain which movie could take the award home. But what we have seen in many reviews out there, is that the scales may be in the favor of 1917. Other than that, there is also a pattern of war movies taking the award away. Well, we will find it out soon enough.

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