Sound Editing is another of the more confusing and difficult categories to predict at the Oscars. I think of it as, basically, sound added back into the film during post production.
Motion Picture Sound Editing (MPSE)
52% - MPSE and Oscar winners match
4 times out of the last 10 years, a non-MPSE nominated film has won the Oscar (40%), including last year’s Hugo. Not only should we NOT count out Zero Dark Thirty, but it actually has a decent shot at winning.
Skyfall won the MPSE this year.
With Sound Editing, Action films rule the roost, making it difficult for Argo to win.
I’m not going to rule this one out completely, because the Sound is great in this film, but I don’t see it beating the others.
Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty doesn’t really see any real action until the last 30 minutes and even then, there are few guns being fired. Nevertheless, it’s hard to rule out a film when you don’t really even fully understand what the category’s about. Kathryn Bigelow’s last film, The Hurt Locker won both Sound categories, but there were many more explosions in that film.
Life of Pi
The Shipwreck is the bulk of the sound, but we shouldn’t overlook a roaring of Richard Parker, the Tiger. What’s so wonderful about Life of Pi is the visual construction serving as the backdrop for the film. The Sound, too, is complete fabricated.
Lots of gunfightin’!
One of the better James Bond films ever with a lot of action. It won the MPSE and it has the most action of any film in the group.