As 14 of our Oscar Experts predicted, “Whiplash” won Best Sound Mixing on Sunday night. It was one of the most hotly contested races of the evening, as four of the five contenders had support among our predictors.
Music-based films such as “Whiplash” have done well in this category recently, with “Chicago” (2002), “Ray” (2004), “Dreamgirls” (2006), and “Les Miserables” (2012) all prevailing this century.
For sound mixing champs Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley, they were the 8/13 favorites with 14 Experts backing them: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyC), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Thom Geier, Pete Hammond (Deadline), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere).
“American Sniper” was in second place with 7/2 odds and the support of nine Experts: Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times), and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
“Interstellar” had the third best odds at 12/1 with two Experts predicting it to prevail: Mike Cidoni (Associated Press) and Michael Musto (Out.com).
“Birdman,” which won top honors from the Cinema Audio Society, had 12/1 odds with the votes of four Experts: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Dave Karger (Fandango), Keith Simanton (IMDB) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood).