MPSE Golden Reel Awards winners: Oscar frontrunner ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land’

All five Oscar nominees for Best Sound Editing numbered among the nominees for the Golden Reel Awards that were bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Sunday (Feb. 19). Oscar frontrunnerHacksaw Ridge” reaped three bids across the seven film categories as did one of its Oscar rivals, “Arrival,” and won the main prize of Sound Editing (Effects and Foley) as well as Dialogue & ADR. It surprisingly lost the award for Music to “Warcraft: The Beginning.”

The other three Oscar nominees — “Deepwater Horizon,” “La La Land” and “Sully” — each received one nomination with “La La Land” prevailing in the Feature Musical race.

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Last year, eventual Best Sound Editing Oscar winner “Mad Max: Fury Road” tied with “The Revenant,” for the top prize with the MPSE. The pair prevailed over the other three Oscar nominees — “Sicario,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Martian” — as well as “Bridge of Spies,” “Room” and “Straight Outta Compton.” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” did win the music award while “Bridge of Spies” claimed dialogue and ADR.

In 2014, “American Sniper” won here before going to to take Best Sound Editing at the Oscars. Two of the other Oscar nominees — ” “Birdman” and “Unbroken” — won music and dialogue & ADR respectively. Oscar contender “Interstellar” was shut out. And despite their being eight contenders in the guild equivalent of this Oscars race — — the fifth Oscar nominee, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” was snubbed in favor of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Fury” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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In 2013, “Gravity” won this precursor prize before repeating 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.

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In 2011, “War Horse” won here 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.

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.”

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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 64th annual edition of these awards will take place on Feb. 19 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Sound mixer Harry Cohen will be feted for his lifetime of achievement and Guillermo del Toro is to receive the Filmmaker Award.

SOUND EFFECTS & FOLEY
“Arrival”
“Captain America: Civil War”
“Deadpool”
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Doctor Strange”
X – “Hacksaw Ridge”
“The Jungle Book”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

DIALOGUE & ADR
“Arrival”
“Deadpool”
X – “Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hidden Figures”
“Hell or High Water”
“Lion”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“Sully”

MUSIC
“Arrival”
“Doctor Strange”
“Don’t Breathe”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“13 Hours”
X – “Warcraft: The Beginning”

FEATURE MUSICAL
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
X – “La La Land”
“Moana”
“Sing Street”
“Trolls”

ANIMATION
“Finding Dory”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
X – “Moana”
“The Little Prince”
“The Red Turtle”
“Sing”
“Zootopia”

DOCUMENTARY
“Amanda Knox”
“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years”
“Before the Flood”
“The Eagle Huntress”
“The Ivory Game”
X – “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”
“Passage to Mars”
“13th”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE EFFECTS/ FOLEY/ DIALOGUE/ ADR
“Elle”
“The Handmaiden”
X – “The King’s Choice”
“Neruda”
“Toni Erdmann”
“Under the Shadow”

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