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    Lil Tony
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    No no to combining sound categories. Keeping them separate created that uniqueness for the Academy as they were honouring sound creators which opened our eyes to the differences between both categories. It even provided the opportunity to honour two different films in some cases. I love the idea of casting though.

    Finally, I can’t wait for theaters to Reopen. Tired of streaming

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    I know most people here wanted that merge, but it’s kinda sad to me to say goodbye to a category that made Arrival an Oscar winning movie.

    don’t forget the amazing Zero Dark Thirty. The category even made A Quiet Place an Oscar nominated film. The merge is a mess truly

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    Although I understand the reasoning behind it, personally I’m disappointed by the merger of the sound categories. The Oscars is about awarding the craft of movie making. The general public doesn’t understand the difference between the two categories (and frankly, some Academy members), but it is quite a big one – and both require different skillsets. It’s going to be a much tougher fight with a lone sound category now….

    But the academy doesn’t understand the difference between both categories either. This year they gave FvF Editing when it should have won Mixing, and 1917 Mixing when it should have won Editing. Half of the time they just gave the same film both awards, like Bohemian Rhapsody winning both when it only deserved Mixing. And the nominees are almost always the same across both categories with maybe one change, sometimes even the exact same like 2017.

    If there was more of a unique distinction between these categories then I would have a problem with the merger. But as it stands they were practically two of the same category anyway. There was no reason to keep them seperate anymore.

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    I Never get the sound catagories correct but I think its a bad choice combing them.

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    They should add a Best Choreography category in lieu of the sound categories combining, especially with the release of the WSS remake this year.

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    so if the “sound change” was instated much earlier, movies like Space Cowboys, Minority Report, Tron:Legacy, Unstoppable, Drive, All Is Lost, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Sully, A Quiet Place would not have the privilege to call themselves “Oscar nominated”?
    I can live with that ’cause there were way greater movies not nominated for a single Oscar category.

    the only worry I have regarding this “sound change” is how the branch will balance the nominees that deserved the nom for its sound mixing & sound editing, only its sound mixing & only its sound editing…

    in 2010 nominees for best sound mixing were: Inception, The King’s Speech, Salt, The Social Network & True Grit. from those movies only Inception & True Grit were also nominated for best sound editing. the other ones nominated for best sound editing, without corresponding sound mixing nom, were: Toy Story 3, Tron: Legacy & Unstoppable.

    under the new rule, the nominees would have been most certainly Inception & True Grit. I wonder what the next three would have been… but the movies recognized just for its sound mixing (The King’s Speech, The Social Network) would probably take the spots with only one spot left for a movie recognized just for its sound editing (Toy Story 3). in this case, from the nominated movies for best sound, 4 nominated ones would represent its great sound mixing work, but only 3 would represent its great sound editing work, so the balance would be off.

    EDIT: I know my worry is ridiculous. it’s like worrying about how animated feature nominees represent stop-motion, traditional & computer animation 😉

    also, I say “no” to any new category like “stunt coordination”, “casting” or “animated performance”. those are not crucial in my opinion. then the net category could be “best housekeeper of the nominated directors” or something…

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