“Gravity” continued its winning streak at industry guild awards, winning the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Effects and Foley, following victories from the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Art Directors Guild, Visual Effects Society, and the American Society of Cinematographers.
But it didn’t sweep the MPSE as expected. It lost its other two bids: Best Dialogue and ADR went to “Captain Phillips,” its Oscar rival for Best Sound Editing. Best Music Editing went to “The Great Gatsby.”
The prize for documentaries went to “Dirty Wars,” upsetting frontrunner “20 Feet from Stardom.” The feature animation category yielded another surprise, with “Epic” taking down Disney’s “Frozen,” though “Frozen” did win Best Sound Editing for a Musical Film.
TV winners included a pair of guild favorites: “Game of Thrones,” which won a pair of awards (Music, Dialogue and ADR), and “Breaking Bad,” which won Sound Effects and Foley for its series finale “Felina.”
Last year, MPSE sound effects & foley champ “Skyfall” tied “Zero Dark Thirty,” which had been snubbed by the MPSE, for the Sound Editing Oscar. The other Oscar nominees were “Argo,” “Django Unchained” and “Life of Pi” which had won both the dialogue & ADR and music awards from the guild.
In 2011, “War Horse” won this precursor prize” but lost the Oscar to “Hugo.” The other Oscar nominees were “Drive,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” “Super 8,” which led with three MPSE bids, won dialogue & ADR. It was snubbed by the Oscars in both sound categories.
In 2010, “Inception” won two of its three bids — sound effects & foley and music — while “The Social Network” won dialogue & ADR. “True Grit,” which won over the Cinema Audio Society for its sound mixing, was shut out. At the Oscars, “Inception” prevailed over “Toy Story 3,” “TRON: Legacy,” “True Grit” and “Unstoppable.”
In 2009, “Avatar” won the same two MPSE races as “Inception” but lost the Oscar race to “The Hurt Locker.” Among the other also-rans was “Inglorious Basterds” which had won the dialogue & ADR award at the MPSE.
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