The Oscars for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing tend to favor films that feature a lot of loud action, like past winners “Skyfall,” “Inception,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The Dark Knight,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” The categories also tend to award the same films: in the past 10 years, Mixing and Editing matched six times, including last year’s pair of wins for “Gravity.”
When the two categories split, it’s usually because there’s a musical in the running. Musicals tend to win the Sound Mixing award, but not Sound Editing, as has been the case for “Les Miserables,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Ray” in the past decade.
Strong support from the academy overall also helps; these categories often go to the most action-packed Best Picture contenders, like “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Hugo,” “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” and aforementioned champs “Hurt Locker” and “Gravity.”
Big-budget blockbusters with a chance to compete here include “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Godzilla,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Maleficent,” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
And of course we can’t rule out this year’s musicals. “Into the Woods” and “Jersey Boys” are both based on Broadway productions. “Begin Again” is an original musical set in New York. “Get On Up” is a musical biopic about James Brown. And “Whiplash” is a music-filled drama featuring a jazz orchestra.
Will the loudest film win? Or will another musical prevail? Predict Best Sound Mixing below, then click here to predict Best Sound Editing.