2018 Precursor Predictions: Motion Picture Sound Editors

The Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards have bountiful nominations and before the expansion to five nominees at the Oscars, weren’t particularly instructive. Now, they have a bit more influence and a bit more cross-over.

MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS AWARDS

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film

Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
The Favourite
First Man (Peter, Thomas, RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
A Quiet Place (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Peter, RU:Thomas)
Ready Player One
Roma

Wesley Lovell: If there’s any group that’s going to truly appreciate what went into making A Quiet Place what it was, this is the group that will recognize it. Of course, the more traditional efforts in films like First Man, Avengers: Infinity War, and Black Panther could also triumph.
Peter J. Patrick: The effects in First Man and A Quiet Place are the most realistic of the bunch, if that counts for anything.
Tripp Burton: I have no idea, but A Quiet Place seems like the favorite for these awards.
Thomas LaTourette: First Man would win, though it has not done well in the precursors. A Quiet Place was astounding for the silence and noise, so it could sneak in.

Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film

Bohemian Rhapsody (RU:Thomas)
The Favourite (RU:Peter)
First Man (Wesley, Thomas, RU:Tripp)
Green Book (Peter)
Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
A Quiet Place (Tripp, RU:Wesley)
Roma
A Star Is Born

Wesley Lovell: Since there’s very little dialogue to be replaced, it would be rather unusual if A Quiet Place managed to win here. On the other hand, stranger things have happened. That said, First Man is the most likely victor here with a surprise win being possible.
Peter J. Patrick: I’m going by hunches on this one.
Tripp Burton: I have no idea, but A Quiet Place seems like the favorite for these awards.
Thomas LaTourette: First Man should win, though I am not sure it will.

Best Sound Editing & Music in an Animation Feature Film

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Incredibles 2 (RU:Wesley)
Isle of Dogs
Peter Rabbit
Ralph Breaks the Internet (RU:Peter, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)
Smallfoot
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Wesley Lovell: Once again, it seems like Spider-Man will win easily. However, don’t count out Incredibles 2. The original was one of the few animated films ever nominated in Sound Editing at the Oscars. There’s a reason for that.
Peter J. Patrick: Spider-Man seems impossible to beat.
Tripp Burton: Keep voting for Spider-Man and you won’t be disappointed.
Thomas LaTourette: Spider-Man could win, unless Ralph breaks through.

Best Sound Editing & Music in a Feature Documentary

Free Solo (Peter, Tripp, RU:Wesley, RU:Thomas)
Generation Wealth
McQueen
Shirkers
Three Identical Strangers
They Shall Not Grow Old (Wesley, Thomas, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp)
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Wesley Lovell: I’ve heard nothing but good things regarding the soundscape for They Shall Not Grow Old, so I’m going to give it the edge over Free Solo. Any other winner is also possible.
Peter J. Patrick: Both Free Solo and They Shall Not Grow Old have impressive sound.
Tripp Burton: (no commentary required or provided)
Thomas LaTourette: The remarkable work in They Shall Not Grow Old should win.

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Foreign Language Film

2.0
Capernaum
Cold War (Thomas, RU:Wesley, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp)
The Guilty
The Happy Prince
Never Look Away (RU:Thomas)
Redbad
Roma (Wesley, Peter, Tripp)
Winter Brothers

Wesley Lovell: Roma is the only Oscar nominee of this bunch, giving it the edge. Then again, no one is quite sure why it was nominated in the first place, so maybe not.
Peter J. Patrick: It’s a close one, but I expect Roma will prevail as it has with most everything else it has been nominated for.
Tripp Burton: (no commentary required or provided)
Thomas LaTourette: (no commentary required or provided)

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature Film

Aquaman
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther (Thomas, RU:Tripp)
First Man (Peter, Tripp)
Isle of Dogs (RU:Peter)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
A Quiet Place (RU:Wesley, RU:Thomas)
Roma
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Wesley)

Wesley Lovell: I’m going out on a limb and predicting Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know why the sound work in the film is so impressive and while there are a lot of strong contenders here, any of which could win, I’m going to predict Spider-Man anyway with A Quiet Place also having a strong claim to the win here since it’s the one most reliant on solid music editing.
Peter J. Patrick: I have no idea what they’ll do here, so I’m going with the two I’d vote for.
Tripp Burton: (no commentary required or provided)
Thomas LaTourette: (no commentary required or provided)

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Musical Feature Film

Bohemian Rhapsody (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)
Mary Poppins Returns
A Star Is Born (RU:Wesley, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Wesley Lovell: The Oscar nominee with the best shot of winning is the selection here.
Peter J. Patrick: Bohemian Rhapsody seems to be hotter now than A Star Is Born and therefore the likelier of the two to take this one.
Tripp Burton: (no commentary required or provided)
Thomas LaTourette: (no commentary required or provided)

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