The Rundown 2021: Sound

For our eighteenth Rundown article, we hear from our contributors on Sound. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Sound as well as general commentary about the race. Tuesday, we’ll cover Cinematography.

Best Sound

Winner Predictions

  • Belfast
  • Dune (WL O) (PP O) (TB O) (TL O)
  • No Time to Die
  • The Power of the Dog
  • West Side Story

Runner-Up Predictions

  • West Side Story (WL O) (PP O) (TB O) (TL O)

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Wesley Lovell: The Cinema Audio Society has spoken and their choice for the best sound design is Dune and I can’t really say I’m surprised about that. All season long, the other nominees in this category have felt like contenders, but so far, Dune has largely dominated and at this point, I doubt it can lose, but stranger things have certainly happened.
Peter J. Patrick: The unique sounds of Dune probably have this, but there is a strong possibility that the remake of West Side Story could overtake it.
Tripp Burton: It is still a little early to tell how the Academy will lean with only one sound award, but the fantastical sound world of Dune should beat out the skill of making a musical here.
Thomas La Tourrette: Dune has won awards from both sound guilds and looks to be the easy winner here. Its only main competition is West Side Story, and while musicals can often dominate, that just does not seem likely this year unless Dune completely underperforms. The other three films (Belfast, No Time to Die, and The Power of the Dog) have never been strong competitors and stand little chance of winning. West Side Story could pull an upset, but look for Dune to win.


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Wesley Lovell Peter Patrick Tripp Burton Thomas LaTourrette
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[Return] = Prior Prediction Returning
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