‘Avatar,’ ‘Star Trek’ lead the way with MPSE

Posted by · 10:13 am · January 22nd, 2010

Star TrekFor the first time I can ever remember, the Motion Picture Sound Editors have announced their list of nominees BEFORE the Academy has announced the Oscar nominees.  Because these always came a few days after the big announcement, I have to say, I have never bothered to see how often they match up with the Best Sound Editing category.

These are the two specific fields to keep an eye on:

Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film
“(500) Days of Summer”
“A Serious Man”
“Avatar”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglorious Basterds”
“Star Trek”
“The Stoning of Soraya M.”

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film
“2012”
“Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglorious Basterds”
“Push”
“Star Trek”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“Watchmen”

(More, including the full list of nominees, after the jump.)

“2012,” “Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds” and “Star Trek” are the only films to show up in each category.  Absent from both is “District 9,” but it’s no great mystery because there is a separate foreign category for foley, dialogue and ADR with MPSE, and it was chalked up there.  Those six plus “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” will ultimately yield our five in the category.

It’s worth noting the “2012” shout-outs.  Just yesterday you heard Greg P. Russell handicap the sound mixing race and he mentioned the work of Rick Kline, Paul Ottosson and company on that film.  It is still a lurker for both sound categories with AMPAS, as is “Inglourious Basterds.”

“Avatar” and “Star Trek” also landed nominations for edited music in a feature, bringing their tally to a field-leading three in each instance.  Check out the full list at The Circuit.




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  • 1 1-22-2010 at 10:52 am

    aspect ratio said...

    I’m pretty sure Up will be one of the final five at the Oscars, possibly in Sound Mixing as well. Cars was the only Pixar film of the 00s that didn’t get a Sound Editing (or Mixing) Oscar nomination, so it’s a pretty good bet to expect Up to get in based on their track record. Plus it’d represent a different aural experience from all the sci-fi action films of last year.

    Avatar, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Star Trek and Up would be my prediction for the Oscars, with Transformers 2 as the spoiler.

  • 2 1-22-2010 at 10:55 am

    Bill Melidoneas said...

    Avatar, Star Trek, Dist. 9, The Hurt Locker and Transformers.

  • 3 1-22-2010 at 11:02 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Up isn’t as heavy on sound as the other Pixar films were. I don’t think it’s safe. In fact, I think other animated films have a better shot (namely 9) than Up does.

  • 4 1-22-2010 at 12:04 pm

    Bill Melidoneas said...

    I see Up as a non-factor in the Sound categories with the chance of throwing the Sound glutton production of 2012 most likely in S. Ef Editing.

    @Kristopher Tapley: Do we know for sure whether this is a 3 or 5 Oscar nomination year for Sound Effects Editing for years it was only 3?

  • 5 1-22-2010 at 12:18 pm

    Maxim said...

    Cool. Steven Spielberg and Larry Singer will be getting awards there too.

  • 6 1-22-2010 at 1:42 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    I’m not saying Up is a done deal, it’s certainly no Wall-E or The Incredibles, but on the other hand they do have a pretty remarkable track record so it certainly shouldn’t be discounted.

  • 7 1-22-2010 at 1:57 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Bill: Sound effects willa lways be five nominees since a few years back when they eliminated the bake-off phase.

  • 8 1-22-2010 at 1:57 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    aspect: By that logic, if, say, Michael Bay did a period romance, it should be considered for Best Sound Mixing. ;)

  • 9 1-22-2010 at 2:18 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    it be cool to see inglourious basterds show up in both sound categories, though i think star trek should take both these categories

  • 10 1-22-2010 at 6:51 pm

    Bill Melidoneas said...

    I’m glad that Sound Effects Editing went to Five nominations with the surplus of big budget summer extravaganza’s and a boat load of other films that are very effects heavy it’s short changing the category for only five nominations.

    This year for example if it was three it would be Avatar, Star Trek and probably Transformers 2. With Dist.9, The Hurt Locker, 2012, Ingl. Basterds, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, GI Joe, etc all getting shafted. Either the academy goes predictable sticking with B.P contenders for the last two slots or go with more S. Effects heavy flicks like 2012 over Ingl. Basterds or Hurt Locker or maybe even UP.