Production design is what captures the setting of a film. Undoubtedly necessary and often overlooked, set dressing and set design are pivotal yet hard to compare.
Sound Design can be an overlooked aspect of filmmaking, just as the Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing Oscar categories can be overlooked awards. Nevertheless, sound design is important, and nabbing the right films in the sound categories can be a key part of winning an Oscar pool.
Before putting that cart before the horse, though, let’s focus on the films that could get nominated.
Sound Editing – The Nominees:
The Academy Award for Best Editing. Are you bored yet? Well, you shouldn’t be! Best Editing is the most exciting category at the Oscars!
Don’t believe me. Well, let’s talk about it.
The biggest movie award for the year of 2017: The Oscar for Best Picture. There is a fine crop of movies from which the Academy can select its nominees this year. But there’s only room for 10.
Which 10? Well…
Guillermo del Toro, with his latest The Shape of Water, weaves, in effect, a fairy tale monster movie. Imbued with the shadowy lighting and terse patriotism of the Cold War 1950s, in which nationalistic patsies are led by men in trench coats who speak in passwords, the film sets itself in an industrial government building that hides away U.S. military secrets.
Working in this industrial warehouse, underneath the shadowy government officials and their shills and patsies, is the mute Elisa (Sally Hawkins). With the camaraderie of Zelda (Octavia Spencer), who fills the space where Elisa’s words cannot reach, they clean the facility. This includes cleaning up the blood after a new arrival to the facility causes Continue reading The Shape of Water (2017) Movie Review
It is obligatory to acknowledge the continual absurdity of the Golden Globe taxonomy vis a vis what constitutes a “Drama” and what constitutes a “Musical or Comedy,” but I don’t want to dwell on the point. It is getting exhausting.
If Get Out and Lady Bird are comedies, so is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Why bother separating the two categories at all? Yeah, it gives comedies a chance to compete, because the dramas often nudge out the comedies. But most other awards outlets have expanded beyond five nominees. Why wouldn’t the Golden Globes just go to one category of 10 films? Who knows!
Whatever. Let’s talk about movies, I guess…
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Anyway, let’s talk predictions.