MPSE nominations: Best Sound Oscar frontrunner ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ reaps 2 bids

All five of our predicted Oscar nominees for Best Sound number among the contenders for the Golden Reel Awards bestowed by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) announced on Jan. 9. Oscar frontrunner “Top Gun: Maverick” reaped two bids across the six film categories as did two of its closest Oscar rivals, “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Elvis.” One of the other two expected Oscar nominees  — “”Everything Everywhere All at Once” — outdid them all with three MPSE nominations while the other, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” had to make do with one.

The upcoming Oscars mark the third year for the new Best Sound category, which combines Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. There can be up to six nominees from a film: one production sound mixer, two supervising sound editors and three re-recording mixers. Last year, “Dune” picked up the prize for sound effects and foley here before prevailing at the Oscars. In 2021, “Sound of Metal” still won at the Oscars despite losing all five of its races at the MPSE awards.

In 2020 the war film “1917” won Best Sound Mixing while the auto racing drama “Ford v Ferrari” claimed the Best Sound Editing honor. Over the past decade, the two categories matched a half dozen times: “Inception” (2010), “Hugo” (2011), “Gravity” (2013), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015), “Dunkirk” (2017) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018) claimed both honors.

The Golden Reel Awards winners will be revealed during a ceremony on Feb. 26.

Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Jurassic World: Dominion
Top Gun: Maverick

The Banshees of Inisherin
The Batman
Empire of Light
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Top Gun: Maverick

Everything Everywhere All at Once
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody

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DC League of Super-Pets
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Good Night Oppy
Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blues
Moonage Daydream
The Territory

Argentina, 1985
Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
The Quiet Girl
Triangle of Sadness

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