With the votes of nine Experts, “Whiplash” has a slight edge. Music-based films have done well in this category recently, with “Chicago” (2002), “Ray” (2004), “Dreamgirls” (2006), and “Les Miserables” (2012) all prevailing this century.
“American Sniper” follows with seven votes, then”Interstellar” with six and “Birdman” with four.
“Whiplash” is the 2/1 favorite with these nine Experts backing it: Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Thom Geier, Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times).
“American Sniper” is just behind at 27/10 with the support of these seven Experts: Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). It is ahead to win Best Sound Editing and if it does claim both categories, it will be the sixth such double champ in eight years, following “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007), “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Inception” (2010), “Hugo” (2011), and “Gravity” (2013).
“Interstellar” has third best odds at 10/3 with six Experts predicting it to prevail: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyC), Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Michael Musto (Out.com), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Claudia Puig (USA Today) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
And “Birdman,” which won top honors from the Cinema Audio Society, has 11/2 odds with the votes of four Experts: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Dave Karger (Fandango), Keith Simanton (IMDB) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood).
“Unbroken” is at 100/1.
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