2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards predictions: We’re betting on ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ …

The Cinema Audio Society Awards will be handed out on Saturday, February 24, honoring the best in sound mixing on the big and small screens. So who will take home prizes? And how will they affect the Oscar race as we near the home stretch of the film awards season? We’re predicting five categories — two for film and three for television — based on the combined forecasts of hundreds of Gold Derby users who have made their picks in our predictions center in anticipation of the awards. Scroll down to see who we’re betting on in order of their racetrack odds, with the projected winners highlighted in gold.

The World War II drama “Dunkirk” is out front to win Live Action Sound Mixing for the work of Mark Weingarten (production mixer), Gregg Landaker (re-recording mixer), Gary Rizzo (re-recording mixer), Alan Meyerson (scoring mixer), Thomas J. O’Connell (ADR mixer) and Scott Curtis (foley mixer). It’s also the front-runner to win the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing, but while the CAS Awards are decided by sound experts in the guild, the corresponding Oscar category is decided by a vote of the entire academy, which comprises everyone from actors to writers to producers who may not be as well versed in the intricacies of sound design.

This is the 25th year of the CAS Awards, and of the past 24 winners only 12 have agreed with the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing (50%). In fact, the last three in a row have disagreed. In 2014 “Birdman” won CAS and “Whiplash” won Oscar. In 2015 “The Revenant” won CAS and “Mad Max: Fury Road” won Oscar. And in 2016 “La La Land” won CAS while “Hacksaw Ridge” won Oscar. There are four nominees in this year’s CAS race that correspond to Oscar: “Baby Driver,” “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in addition to “Dunkirk.” The CAS list is rounded out by “Wonder Woman,” while the last Oscar slot was taken by “Blade Runner 2049.”

Elsewhere, we’re predicting that “Coco” will win Animation Sound Mixing, while HBO is favored to sweep the TV races thanks to “Big Little Lies” (Movie/Miniseries), “Game of Thrones” (One-Hour) and “Veep” (Half-Hour). Do you agree with our picks? Check out our predictions below, and there’s still time to make or update your own forecasts before Saturday’s event.


“Dunkirk” — 1/5
“Baby Driver” — 9/1
“The Shape of Water” — 33/1
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — 50/1
“Wonder Woman” — 80/1

“Coco” — 1/10
“Cars 3” — 18/1
“The Lego Batman Movie” — 40/1
“Despicable Me 3” — 66/1
“Ferdinand” — 80/1


“Big Little Lies” — 8/11
“Black Mirror” — 11/5
“Twin Peaks” — 11/1
“Fargo” — 40/1
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective” — 66/1

“Game of Thrones” — 2/11
“The Handmaid’s Tale” — 10/1
“Stranger Things” — 40/1
“Better Call Saul” — 50/1
“The Crown” — 66/1

“Veep” — 4/5
“Ballers” — 5/2
“Silicon Valley” — 14/1
“Modern Family” — 18/1
“Black-ish” — 25/1

Be sure to make your CAS predictions so that Hollywood studio executives and top name filmmakers can see how their movies are faring in our odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on February 24. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 CAS Awards taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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