In the Oscar races for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, a fierce battle is brewing between Edgar Wright‘s action thriller “Baby Driver” and Christopher Nolan‘s war movie “Dunkirk.” In each of these three categories “Dunkirk” leads Gold Derby’s racetrack odds while “Baby Driver” is a car length’s behind in second place. How many of its three Oscar nominations do YOU think “Baby Driver” will take home on March 4? Vote now in our poll below.
Both films were bonafide summer blockbusters at the U.S. box office, with “Baby Driver” zooming off with $107 million and “Dunkirk” soaring to $188 million. However, when it comes to overall appreciation from academy members, “Dunkirk” has the upper hand as it was nominated for a whopping eight Oscars including in the coveted category of Best Picture.
Below-the-line technical Oscars like editing and sound are often awarded to films that are also up for Best Picture, but there are exceptions. The last times these three races went to non-Best Picture nominees were: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” for Best Film Editing in 2011, “Skyfall” for Best Sound Editing (tying with Best Picture nominee “Zero Dark Thirty”) in 2012, and “The Bourne Ultimatum” for Best Sound Mixing in 2007.
After winning Best Drama Editing at the ACE Eddies Awards, “Dunkirk” got a major Oscar boost. “Baby Driver” contended for Best Comedy Editing with that group, where it subsequently lost to “I, Tonya.” We’ll find out who prevails at the two sound guilds soon, as the Motion Picture Sound Editors announces winners on Feb. 18 and the Cinema Audio Society is set for Feb. 24. See the complete 2018 Oscar calendar.
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