2013 Cinema Audio Society Sound Mixing Nominees

2013 Cinema Audio Society Sound Mixing NomineesI'll be posting my final 2013 Oscar nomination predictions tomorrow, while today I'm going through and attempting to fine tune a few things. Helping the process along slightly are the just announced 2013 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) nominations for Best Sound Mixing. I hadn't updated the Sound Mixing or Sound Editing categories since first posting predictions on November 27, despite having one glaring omission from both categories.

Among the nominees for Best Sound Mixing in a Live Action motion picture is Lincoln and it wasn't until watching the film again recently did the sound begin to truly stand out and I hadn't even included it as one of the contenders in either Mixing or Editing. Consider that oversight corrected as I'll discuss more in just a second.

As for the CAS nominees, the only one I have a question about is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as I'm truly surprised more hasn't been said about the sound in Flight. After Denzel Washington, the sound and editing of that crash sequence are the only highlights left to mention and yet it seems to be a film people are only looking at for Best Actor and a potential Best Original Screenplay nomination. Go figure.

Otherwise, nominations for Les Misérables, Lincoln, Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty seem about right as three of those I had in my first round of shot-in-the-dark predictions in the Sound Mixing category.

Here's a look at the CAS nominees in both Live Action and Animation, the awards will be handed out on February 16. You can see all the nominees by clicking here for the official announcement.

Motion Pictures (Live Action)

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Motion Pictures (Animated)

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  • Rise Of The Guardians
  • Wreck-It Ralph

On the prediction side of things, I've made a few changes to both Best Sound Mixing and Editing and offer them below, followed by a Soundworks featurette with Lincoln Sound Designer Ben Burtt that's worth a watch.

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Skyfall
  4. Les Miserables
  5. Flight

Get the full field of Best Sound Mixing contenders and where they rank by clicking here.

Best Sound Editing

  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Skyfall
  4. Les Miserables
  5. Life of Pi

Get the full field of Best Sound Editing contenders and where they rank by clicking here.

  • bill

    you think lincoln gets in for both sound categories? If that happens I could see it getting up to 14 nominations, would be very earned and exciting but unlikely

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    django unchained??? amazing sound, the guns and whips sounded incredible and the mixture of the music infused throughout the movie was awesome. it should get in for both categories. idk why lincoln is getting this much attention for sound, wasnt anything special.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

      They used Lincoln's pocket watch from over 100 years ago... The sound of the ticking is the same ticking that Lincoln himself heard. Simple explanation for the nomination.

  • JN Films

    So could this mean that TDKR gets zero noms? I'm starting to freak out

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I'm not sure what to think prediction-wise here...Les Mis and ZDT are likely in in both categories but I don't know about the rest...this is an area where effects driven films generally do well so I have a feeling The Hobbit gets at least one. TDKR also probably has a bit of a chance. If Lincoln gets both sound nominations as well as makeup, it will tie the record of fourteen nominations.

  • Chris138

    That would be really weird if TDKR got absolutely no recognition from the Oscars. I can't see it happening, even if it is something as miniscule as one of these sound categories.