Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Motion Picture Sound Editors nominate

The final guild to drop its list of year-end nominees -- on the eve of Oscar nominations no less -- is the MPSE.

The most important category, Best Sound Effects and Foley, includes Oscar hopefuls Gravity, Captain Phillips, Lone Survivor, and All Is Lost, among others.

The only conspicuous omission is Rush, and I gotta say, I don't understand the industry's resistance to this movie. Sure, I didn't love it, but there's a lot of craftsmanship to appreciate. The fact that it's also been shut out by the CAS, the Makeup and Hairstylists Guild, and the ASC in a field of seven nominees...
Way. Harsh.

Anyway, check out all the categories and my thoughts after the cut.

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in an English Language Feature
"All Is Lost"
"Captain Phillips"
"Fast & Furious 6"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Iron Man 3"
"Lone Survivor"
"12 Years a Slave"

I don't think anything could deserve it more than Gravity, but I gotta admit, All Is Lost would be a handsome winner. Glad to see it turn up after its CAS snub.

Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in an English Language Feature
"American Hustle"
"August: Osage County"
"Captain Phillips"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Lone Survivor"
"12 Years a Slave"

Gravity's manipulations of the dialogue tracks is integral to the storytelling and certainly merits this award.

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature (English or Foreign Language)
"American Hustle"
"47 Ronin"
"The Great Gatsby"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"12 Years a Slave"
"World War Z"

Oddly enough, I find myself thinking that Gatsby should be the winner here. The way its eclectic, jazz-rap soundtrack is integrated into the film certainly compliments Baz's wild imagery.

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Musical Feature (English or Foreign Language)
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Justin Bieber’s Believe"
"Metallica Through the Never"

Llewyn Davis. Llewyn Davis. Llewyn Davis.

Best Sound Editing in an Animated Feature (English or Foreign Language)
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"Monsters University"

I'm sure Frozen is the default winner here, but might actually prefer the work done in Monsters University. Pixar films always sound great, and this one was no exception. Oh, those scream canisters!

Best Sound Editing in a Foreign Language Feature
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
"The Grandmaster"
"The Past"

Gotta hand it to The Grandmaster: those fight scenes often sounded as cool as they looked.

Best Sound Editing in a Feature Documentary Feature
"Dirty Wars"
"Good Ol’ Freda"
"Muscle Shoals"
"Rising from Ashes"
"Sound City"
"20 Feet from Stardom"

Only one I've seen is 20 Feet from Stardom, which probably wins on account of being so musical.

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