MPSE Awards predictions: ‘Gravity’ will sweep

Gravity” is expected to win all three of its bids at the 61st annual edition of the Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards on Sunday.

Among those it is expected to edge out for Sound Effects & Foley are all of its Oscar rivals for Best Sound Editing: “All is Lost,” “Captain Phillips,” “Lone Survivor” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” 

Gravity” is just as strongly favored to win the Dialogue & ADR award and the Music prize. 

Not surprisingly, “Frozen” is expected to continue its romp through these precursor awards and claim the Animation trophy.

Likewise, the high octane action film “The Grandmaster” is the clear frontrunner in the Foreign Film race. 

And music-filled “20 Feet from Stardom” is tipped to take the Documentary award. 

Last year, 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. 

In 2011, “War Horse” won this precursor prize” 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.”

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.

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