Thursday, February 6, 2020

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Sound

The competition: Ad Astra (Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano), Ford v Ferrari (Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow), Joker (Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland), 1917 (Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano)

Previous winners: Bohemian Rhapsody, Dunkirk, Hacksaw Ridge, Mad Max: Fury Road, Whiplash, Gravity, Les Miserables
My winner: Avengers: Endgame
The facts: This is the tenth nomination for Rydstrom, who won in 1991 for “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” in 1993 for “Jurassic Park,” in 1997 for “Titanic,” in 1998 for “Saving Private Ryan,” winning in the sound editing race for most of those as well. Johnson, on his ninth nomination, shared in victories for “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Titanic.” Double nominee Ulano was part of the winning team for “Titanic” and was also nominated for “Inglourious Basterds.” Massey won on his eighth try last year for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Giammarco was previously nominated in 2007 for “3:10 to Yuma.” Morrow was nominated in 2016 for “La La Land” and in 2018 for “A Star is Born,” along with Ozanich and Zupancic. Taylor was previously nominated for “Captain Phillips” in 2013 and “The Martian” in 2015. Wilson was nominated for “War Horse” in 2011, “Skyfall” in 2012, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in 2016, and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 2017. This is the twelfth nomination for Michael Minkler, who won in 2001 for “Black Hawk Down,” in 2002 for “Chicago,” and in 2006 for “Dreamgirls.” At the Cinema Audio Society Awards, “Ford v Ferrari” eclipsed “Joker” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Only “Ad Astra” is not also nominated for Best Sound Editing.

Who should win: I’d choose “1917” or “Ford v Ferrari.”
Who will win: This seems like a place that Ford v Ferrari can prevail unless “1917” sweeps.

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