Baby Driver rolls up to the Oscar party as a serious threat in both sound categories, though perhaps less so in this category that tends to favor films that are also best picture nominees.
Sam Rockwell did more on the campaign trail to legitimize unlikely redemption than anything Martin McDonagh gave him to work with.
Mute's narrative is a self-consciously odd and stillborn mix of missing-person mystery and rehabilitation parable.
The surprising snub of Fatih Akin's Golden Globe-winning In the Fade was supposed to make calling the foreign language Oscar much easier.
Gary Oldman's assured win over the two main critics' favorites, Timothée Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya, represents an unabashed retrenchment that's entirely off brand in this Oscar year.