Sound f/x Oscar taps 7 finalists

Seven films have been selected as finalists for the sound effects editing Oscar by sound editor members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The selections are “Daylight,” “Eraser,” “The Ghost and the Darkness,” “Independence Day,” “The Rock,” “Star Trek: First Contact” and “Twister.”

On Feb. 4, a sound effects editing award committee, comprised of Academy sound editor members and the sound branch executive committee, will hold a private screening, or “bake-off,” of excerpts from the seven films.

Based on voting following the screening, the committee will decide on one of three options:

* awarding a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing to a single production;

* nominating two or three productions to be voted upon by all Academy voting members; or

* recommending that no award be given this year.

Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 11, with winners named at the ceremony on March 24.

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