In a busy guild evening that also included the WGA and the MHG, The Cinema Audio Society announced their picks for the best mixed soundtracks of the year last night. While the former two guilds decided on winners that basically align with the current pundit logic of who will win the respective Oscar categories for writing and makeup (The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and possibly Guardians of the Galaxy), the CAS has thrown the Best Sound Mixing contest for a bit of a loop.
I think I'll stick with my gut for now on American Sniper winning both sound prizes, but it's worth noting that Clint Eastwood's war drama, though it made a strong showing with guild nominations, has yet to win a single industry prize this season. That may change with tonight's MPSE Golden Reel Awards, but if it gets blanked there....
.... I just don't know, man. Who is the next most likely sound winner in lieu of American Sniper? Does the superficial bombast of Interstellar earn default votes? Does the scintillating, BAFTA-winning jazz soundtrack of Whiplash win on merit despite lacking a sound editing nomination? Or does general love for Birdman make it the most unusual (though not undeserving) winner this category has seen in decades?
I guess we'll see.