THE CONTENDERS: Best Sound Mixing

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9/19 Thoughts: There is one particular scene in “The Artist” that plays with sound to such a creative and thematically potent extent that it could land here (or, more appropriately, in Best Sound Editing) for that alone. The Weinstein Company managed to get “The King’s Speech” here last year, another film in which sound was thematically key.

Good bets:
1. “War Horse”
2. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
3. “Super 8”

Other possibilities:
4. “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”
5. “Rango”
6. “The Artist”
7. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
8. “Cars 2”
9. “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
10. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

Dark horses:
11. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
12. “Captain America: The First Avenger”
13. “Real Steel”
14. “The Tree of Life”
15. “Hugo”

The rest of the field:
“Anonymous”
“Battle: Los Angeles”
“Contagion”
“Coriolanus”
“Cowboys & Aliens”
“Fast Five”
“The Flowers of War”
“Green Lantern”
“Happy Feet 2”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
“Immortals”
“J. Edgar”
“Jane Eyre”
“Melancholia”
“Moneyball”
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”
“Source Code”
“Sucker Punch”
“Thor”
“The Three Musketeers”
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
“Warrior”
“X-Men: First Class”