Oscars: Best Sound Predictions 2021

How fortuitous that we have some of the most innovative and imaginative use of sound in the very first season that the Academy merged sound editing and sound mixing into a single category.

From now on, it’s about the total sound craft, and “Sound of Metal,” “Mank,” “Tenet,” and “Soul” are the standouts, with “The Midnight Sky,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “News of the World,” “Greyhound,” “Nomadland,” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” also contending.But Darius Marder’s “Sound of Metal,” in which Riz Ahmed portrays Ruben, a heavy-metal drummer slowly losing his hearing, is the favorite to win the Oscar for its complexity and detail.

This is a film about sound because of the the way it explores deafness as a way of experiencing sound and vibration.

Getting inside Ruben’s head creates the dichotomy between “omniscient sound and perspective sound,” according to the director, who

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