2019 Oscar exclusive interviews: 7 chats with the sound nominees behind ‘First Man,’ ‘A Quiet Place’ and more [WATCH]

We’ve conducted exclusive video chats with 11 of this year’s Oscar contenders for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Will the winners be among them when prizes are handed out on Sunday, February 24? Follow the links below to be taken to their full interviews.

Sergio Diaz (Best Sound Editing, “Roma”): Sound editor Diaz received his first Oscar nomination for Alfonso Cuaron‘s slice of life about a maid (Yalitza Aparicio) working for an upper-class family in Mexico City. He won the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Award in their Foreign Film category, a prize he previously received for “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006). (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

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Jose Antonio Garcia, Craig Henighan (Best Sound Mixing, “Roma”): Sound mixers Garcia and Henighan compete for Cuaron’s intimate drama. Garcia is a former Oscar nominee for “Argo” (2012), while Henighan is a two-time Emmy winner for “Stranger Things.” (Click here to be taken to their full interview)

Mildred Iatrou, Ai-Ling Lee (Best Sound Editing, “First Man”): Iatrou and Lee are back in the Oscar race for Best Sound Editing for Damien Chazelle‘s historical epic about Neil Armstrong‘s voyage to the moon. They last competed in this category for Chazelle’s “La La Land” (2016), and in both cases Lee contended for Sound Mixing as well. The pair also earned Best Sound BAFTA nominations for both films, and Lee contended at the Cinema Audio Society Awards for both, winning for “La La Land.” (Click here to be taken to her full interview)

Skip Lievsay (Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, “Roma”): Lievsay earned not one but two Oscar nominations for Cuaron’s film, which recently won him an award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors. He previously won an Oscar for mixing Cuaron’s “Gravity” (2013), which was the same year he contended in that same race for the Coen Brothers’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013). Two other Coen collaborations — “No Country for Old Men” (2007) and “True Grit” (2010) — brought him double bids for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing just like “Roma” has. (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

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Frank A. Montano, Jon Taylor (Best Sound Mixing, “First Man”): Sound mixers Montano and Taylor returned to the Oscar race with this biopic. The two were previously nominated together for “Birdman” (2014), “Unbroken” (2014) and “The Revenant” (2015). Montano also competed for “Under Siege” (1992), “The Fugitive” (1993), “Clear and Present Danger” (1994), “Batman Forever” (1995) and “Wanted” (2008). They earned BAFTA and Cinema Audio Society bids for “First Man” as well. (Click here to be taken to their full interview)

Steven Morrow (Best Sound Mixing, “A Star is Born”): Sound mixer Morrow contends for this musical drama about a doomed romance between a fading rocker (Bradley Cooper) and a rising pop star (Lady Gaga). He previously competed at the Oscars for his work on “La La Land.” Both films also brought him BAFTA and Cinema Audio Society bids; he won the latter award for “La La Land.” (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl (Best Sound Editing, “A Quiet Place”): Sound editors Van der Ryn and Aadahl are in the Oscar race for this horror film about a family besieged by monsters with super-sensitive hearing. The duo previously competed together for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011) and “Argo” (2012). Before that Van der Ryn won for “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002) and “King Kong” (2005), and was nominated once more for “Transformers” (2007). “A Quiet Place” won them a Motion Picture Sound Editors Award and earned them a BAFTA bid. (Click here to be taken to their full interview)

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Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on February 24.

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