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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST SOUND

UPDATED: Oct. 15, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

Big blockbusters without IMAX speakers to blow their faces off might be at a disadvantage in this race, especially in the first year that sound mixing and sound editing are combined. This could allow more inspired choices like “Sound of Metal,” which puts you in the mind of a man losing his hearing or “The Invisible Man,” which is richly inventive for the horror genre.

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


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Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "The Trial of the Chicago 7" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "Tenet" (Warner Bros.)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Sound of Metal" (Amazon Studios)
    Nominees to be determined

  5. "The Invisible Man" (Universal Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

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Quantrell D. Colbert

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Nomadland" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder

  2. "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (Paramount Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "Da 5 Bloods" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  5. "Respect" (United Artists Releasing)
    Nominees to be determined

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Millenium

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "Greyhound" (Apple TV Plus)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "The Outpost" (Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros.)†
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "One Night in Miami" (Amazon Studios)†
    Nominees to be determined

  5. "The Midnight Sky" (Netflix)†
    Nominees to be determined

  6. "The Prom" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  7. "Mank" (Netflix)†
    Nominees to be determined

  8. "Death on the Nile" (20th Century Studios)
    Nominees to be determined

  9. "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" (20th Century Studios)
    Nominees to be determined

  10. "Soul" (Pixar)
    Nominees to be determined

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Scott Everett White Courtesy of Netflix

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. "Over the Moon" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "Onward" (Pixar)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix)†
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Free Guy" (20th Century Studios)
    Nominees to be announced

  5. "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features)
    Frederic Dubois, MPSE (Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer), Robert Eber, CAS (Sound Mixer), Scott Weber (Re-Recording Mixer)

  6. "Wolfwalkers" (Apple TV Plus)
    Nominees to be determined

  7. "The Boys in the Band" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  8. "Ava" (Vertical Entertainment)
    Nominees to be determined

  9. "Ammonite" (Neon)
    Nominees to be determined

  10. "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

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Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "Antlers" (Searchlight Pictures) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Arkansas" (Lionsgate) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Bad Hair" (Hulu) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" (Warner Bros.) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Boys State" (A24/Apple TV Plus) – Jon Fuhrer, Tony Volante
  • "Cinderella" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Connected" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Emma." (Focus Features) – Glenn Freemantle, John Casali, Ian Tapp, Andrew Call
  • "First Cow" (A24) – Christian Dolan, Leslie Shatz
  • "Hamilton" (Disney Plus) – Nominees to be determined†
  • "Herself" (Amazon Studios) – Nominees to be announced†
  • "Kajillionaire" (Focus Features) – Shawn Holden, Kent Sparling, Bjørn Schroeder, Tony Villaflor
  • "Minari" (A24) – Erik Deumig, James Russell†
  • "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" (Focus Features) – Chris Foster, Laura Cunningham
  • "The New Mutants" (20th Century Studios) – Nominees to be determined
  • "On the Rocks" (A24/Apple TV Plus) – Ken Ishii
  • "Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon) – Nominees to be determined
  • "The Personal History of David Copperfield" (Searchlight Pictures) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Radioactive" (Amazon Studios) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Voyagers" (Lionsgate) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Wonder Woman 1984" (Lionsgate) – Nominees to be determined†

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The history of this category is a bit more complex to track since it’s been through many inceptions of the history of AMPAS. When it was split between sound mixing and sound editing, there are different record holders. Classic sound engineer Thomas T. Moulton and Greg P. Russell have the most nominations at 16 although the former netted five Oscars over his career. The latter has the record for most nominations and no win. Moulton has the most win record shared with Douglas Shearer and Fred Hynes, though they garnered 15 and 7 nominations respectively. Richard King and Ben Burtt have the most wins for sound editing with Alan Robert Murray having the most noms with 10.

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