Thursday, February 6, 2020

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Sound Editing

The competition: Ford v Ferrari (Donald Sylvester), Joker (Alan Robert Murray), 1917 (Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Wylie Stateman), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Matthew Wood and David Acord)

Previous winners: Bohemian Rhapsody, Dunkirk, Arrival, Mad Max: Fury Road, American Sniper, Gravity, Skyfall/Zero Dark Thirty
My winner: 1917
The facts: Murray is the most-nominated person in this category, with nine previous bids and two wins, for “Letters from Iwo Jima” in 2006 and “American Sniper” in 2014. Tarney was nominated in 2013 for “Captain Phillips” and 2015 for “The Martian.” This is the eighth nomination for Stateman, who has yet to win. His most recent bid was for “Deepwater Horizon” in 2016. Wood was nominated for “There Will Be Blood” in 2007, “Wall-E” in 2008, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015, and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 2017. Acord was nominated previously in 2015 for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” At the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards, “1917” and “Ford v Ferrari” took home awards. Only “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” isn’t also nominated for Best Sound.

Who should win: I’d give this to “1917,” “Ford v Ferrari,” or “Joker.”
Who will win: I’m going to pick Ford v Ferrari even though I suspect it may be “1917.”

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