The Rundown 2020: Sound

For our nineteenth Rundown article, we rundown Sound. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Sound as well as general commentary about the race. Wednesday, we’ll cover cinematography and editing.

Best Sound

Winner Predictions

  • Greyhound
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Soul
  • Sound of Metal (WL O) (PP O) (TB O) (TL O)

Runner-Up Predictions

  • Greyhound
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Soul
  • Sound of Metal (WL O) (PP O) (TB O) (TL O)

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Wesley Lovell: With the Cinema Audio Society and Motion Picture Sound Editors finally weighing in, we can say that there may have been a reason these categories were once split. While we’ve been under the assumption that Sound of Metal was a shoo-in here, the Cinema Audio Society seemed to agree while the Motion Picture Sound Editors did not. The latter group went with Greyhound, the film that nabbed one of the final five slots for this award. While it wasn’t certain Oscar voters would have not given Sound of Metal both awards, we at least know now how the sound editors feel about the Oscar change.
Peter J. Patrick: If Sound of Metal doesn’t have this one in the bag, something’s wrong. Greyhound would seem to be its closest competition.
Tripp Burton: Sound of Metal reminds me of Whiplash a few years ago — a low-budget Best Picture nominee that uses sound in such an integral way that voters can’t look it over. Greyhound won a surprising guild prize that moves it into second here.
Thomas La Tourrette: With the Oscars going to only one sound category, it makes it a little harder to predict how the award will be given out. Having the guilds going different directions does not help clear up the muddle. I think it will be between Sound of Metal and Greyhound, the winners from the two guilds. Greyhound is a war film and those have always done well in the sound categories. But sound was such an integral part of Sound of Metal that I just feel that it will win. It would be rather sad if it doesn’t win as it simply deserves it because it did such a great job of showing the effects of deafness. Sound of Metal deserves to win.

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Appears on Four Lists
Appears on Three Lists
Appears on Two Lists

Wesley Lovell Peter Patrick Tripp Burton Thomas LaTourrette
[New] = New Prediction
[Return] = Prior Prediction Returning
(O) = Original Prediction
(R) = Rundown Series

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