Oscars Predictions: Best Sound – Is There Room for Two Musicals in the Aural Races?

Other notable contenders include "Belfast," "Dune," "The Matrix: Resurrections," "A Quiet Place Part II" and "Spider-Man: No Way Home."

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UPDATED: Jan 13, 2022

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: More commentary to be added.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.

Precursor Awards Leader: “Dune” (Warner Bros)
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final nominees not finalized
1 “Dune” Warner Bros Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett
2 “West Side Story” 20th Century Studios Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, Tod Maitland, Shawn Murphy
3 “No Time to Die” MGM/United Artists Releasing Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, Paul Massey
4 “Last Night in Soho” Focus Features Julian Slater, Dan Morgan, Colin Nicolson, Tim Cavagin
5 “The Power of the Dog” Netflix Robert Mackenzie, Richard Flynn, Leah Katz, Tara Webb, Dave Whitehead
6 “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Sony Pictures Willie Burton, Kevin O’Connell, Tony Lambert, Steven Ticknor, Vanessa Lapato
7 “Belfast” Focus Features Simon Chase, James Mather, Denise Yarde, Niv Adris
8 “Tick, Tick … Boom!” Netflix Paul Hsu, Todd A. Maitland
9 “A Quiet Place Part II” Paramount Pictures Ethan Van Der Ryn, Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor
10 “The Matrix: Resurrections” Warner Bros Barry O’Sullivan, Dana A. Davis, Stephanie Flack, Matthias Lempert, Lars Ginzel


The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The most significant Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. This category’s history is a bit more complex to track since it’s been through many inceptions of the history of AMPAS. For example, there were different record-holders when it was split between sound mixing and sound editing. Classic sound engineers 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. Richard King and Ben Burtt have the most wins for sound editing, with Alan Robert Murray having the most nods with 10.

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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners have been selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Seventeen branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

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