Sunday, February 10, 2013

Awards-Nazi Award nominations: Sound Editing

Great work out there from the sound designers this year. I tell ya, some decisions were tough to make in narrowing it down to five for my Best Sound Editing nominees.

Brave (Gary Rydstrom, E.J. Holowicki, Gwen Whittle):

As always, Rydstrom delivers terrific sound effects, including a whole library of bear vocalizations and the single best arrow-splitting I've ever heard.

The Dark Knight Rises (Richard King):

King's thunderous soundscape here equals his career best, especially the extensive adr work on Bane's dialogue dubbing (which was done a disservice by the mixers, but sounded really threatening anyway).

Django Unchained (Wylie Stateman):

Stateman brilliantly accentuates sounds that highlight the significance of gestures and actions, like when Django first casts off his slave clothes, or all those slo-mo gunshots.

The Impossible (Oriol Tarrago):

Tarrago's sound effects are especially terrifying during the tsunami sequence, but sound design throughout is richly incorporated and effectively supports the film's real-life-as-horror approach.

Zero Dark Thirty (Paul N.J. Ottosson)

Ottosson's precise sound palette gets showcased nicely in the heart-stopping climatic raid, but his work in the busy CIA hubs or dank torture rooms is no less important to keeping us on edge.

Just missed: The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Life of Pi, Snow White and the Huntsman, Wreck-It Ralph


  1. How come Gary Rydstrom worked on every Pixar film from Toy Story to Finding Nemo and then he didn't and now he's back on Brave? What happened to him?

  2. Wow... I thought Prometheus should at least be in the 'just missed' list.