I am no expert in Sound Design, but I see an upset brewing in this category. “Gravity” is expected to sweep 6-7 awards, possibly up to 8 if it wins Best Picture. However, I think that “Captain Phillips” has a good chance to upset.
Often we say the biggest set wins Best Production Design, the most elaborate costumes win Best Costume Design, and the loudest movie wins Best Sound Editing. In this case, wouldn’t “Captain Phillips” be the winner? It has the sounds of the oceans, creaks of the boats, sounds of gunshots. The entire movie is almost tailor made for this category.
I still think “Gravity” is the frontrunner, but it’s not the lock that it is in Best Sound Mixing.
Check out the rest of my Oscar predictions here!
Will Win: “Gravity”
Could Win: “Captain Phillips”
Should Win: I’m no expert, but “Captain Phillips” sounded great to me
Should have been nominated: “Pacific Rim” (The roar of the monsters scared the sh!t out of me.)