When the 2017 Oscar nominations are announced January 24, how many will “Sully” fly away with? Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Sully” stars two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks as heroic pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who infamously landed a plane on the Hudson River. As we know, Oscar voters love honoring stars who take on real-life characters, so Hanks is a major contender for a Best Actor nomination. But let’s take a look at the racetrack odds derived from our Oscar experts’ predictions to see where “Sully” might contend in the below-the-line categories.
Best Film Editing – With 33/1 odds, “Sully” has strong hopes of earning a nomination for Best Film Editing, although “La La Land” (9/5 odds) is predicted to win the trophy. “People wanted to see this movie, especially for New York,” film editor Blu Murray tells Gold Derby. “It was a moment in their history where there could have been a tragedy, but there wasn’t.”
Best Sound Mixing – “Sully” has 40/1 odds to be nominated here, with “La La Land” being our experts’ predicted winner at 7/4 odds. Sound mixer Tom Ozanich explains to Gold Derby, “We had to make you feel like you’re on the plane. We talked to Sully himself about it, asked him questions about what kinds of sounds he was hearing at the time and what his experience was. A lot of it was based on what he told us.”
Best Sound Editing – The film’s sound effects editing team has 50/1 odds of earning an Oscar nom, although “Hacksaw Ridge” is forecasted to win with 21/10 odds. Sound mixing and sound editing often sync up (like last year when “Mad Max: Fury Road” won both), but sometimes Oscar voters do spread the wealth in the two sound categories.
Best Score – “Sully” has 100/1 odds to earn a nomination for its music score composed by Christian Jacob and Tierney Sutton Band. This would be their first Oscar nominations. However, it seems a foregone conclusion that “La La Land” maestro Justin Hurwitz (8/5 odds) will eventually take home the trophy.
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