Motion Picture Sound Editors: ‘Birdman,’ ‘American Sniper,’ Interstellar,’ …

The Motion Picture Sound Editors were the final group to weigh in with their picks for the best of the year. “Birdman” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” each reaped a leading three bids for for these prizes, affectionaley dubbed the Golden Reels. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Interstellar,” “Unbroken” and “Whiplash” got two each while two dozen more films earned one apiece. 

In the guild equivalent of Best Sound Editing at the Oscars — sound effects and foley in an English language feature — the eight nominees include our frontrunner at the Academy Awards, “Interstellar” as well as three more predicted contenders (“Fury,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Unbroken”). The rest of the slate is “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

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Last year, “Gravity” won the precursor prize before going to to take Best Sound Editing at the Oscars. However, it didn’t sweep the MPSE as expected. It lost its other two bids: Best Dialogue and ADR went to “Captain Phillips” while Best Music Editing went to “The Great Gatsby.” The other three Oscar nominees for Sound Editing were shut out: “All is Lost,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and “Lone Survivor.”

In 2012, 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.

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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.

The 62nd annual edition of these awards are on Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Skip Lievsay will be feted for his lifetime of achievement while Darren Aronofsky will receive the Filmmaker Award. 

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This year’s film nominees across seven categories are:

SOUND EFFECTS & FOLEY
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Fury”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”
“Unbroken”

DIALOGUE & ADR 
“Birdman”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Still Alice”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Unbroken”
Whiplash

MUSIC
“Birdman”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“The Fault in Our Stars”
“Gone Girl”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”
“Selma”

MUSICAL
“Annie”
“Get On Up”
“Into the Woods”
“Jersey Boys”
“Whiplash”

ANIMATION
“Big Hero 6”
“Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The Lego Movie”

DOCUMENTARY
“America – Imagine the World Without Her”
“Citizenfour”
“Deepsea Challenge 3D”
“Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me”
“Jodorowsky’s Dune”
“Under The Electric Sky”
“Warsaw Uprising”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE EFFECTS/ FOLEY/ DIALOGUE/ ADR
“Human Capital”
“The Liberator”
“The Raid 2”
“Roar”
“Uzumasa Limelight”

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