Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Awards-Nazi Award Nominations: Best Sound Editing

For today's entry on my ballot, we're lending an ear to the best sound jobs of 2014. Herewith are my nominees for Best Sound Editing, which will be followed later today by my sound mixing favourites. I usually try to minimize overlap between the two categories, although there are always a couple of titles that deserve recognition in both. You'll just have to guess which of these five will double dip!

The Babadook (Frank Lipson)
Things that go bump in the night are always scarier than any monster you can see. Lipson knows this, and delivers a deeply unsettling sound design you just can't get rid of! (“Babadook-doook-dooook!”)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Will Files, Douglas Murray)
Files and Murray had to create more than the usual simian screeching, but actual speaking voices that are credible enough for the apes to be taken seriously as characters.

Fury (Paul N.J. Ottosson)
Do tanks always sound the same inside and out? Not on Ottosson's soundtrack, which lends distinctive acoustic character to every rivet of these deafening war machines.

Godzilla (Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn)
Sure, that trademark ear-splitting roar is great, but the real heavy lifting is in how Aadahl & Van der Ryn use sound to build dread when the monster isn't onscreen.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Randy Thom, Michael Silvers)
Thom's dragon voice designs have grown even more varied in their surprising emotional breadth since the first Dragons movie (which aught to have received a Best Sound Editing nod itself).

Just missed:
American Sniper (Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Brent Burge, Jason Canovas)
Snowpiercer (Tae-young Choi, David Whitehead)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn)
Wild (Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou)


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  2. Do you know who the Sound Editors were for Guardians of the Galaxy?

    1. Christopher Boyes and Matthew Wood...quite a team!

    2. Agreed. Amongst some of the very best currently living.

  3. Well fancy that, I just posted my choices in Sound Editing today as well. Check out mine!


  4. Best Sound Editing

    American Sniper
    The Babadook
    How to Train your Dragon 2