As the presence of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (which was snubbed in the other sound category) would attest, Sound Mixing is the category that far more obviously favors best picture players. It’s Sound Editing that usually tips toward the Masters and Commanders, the Lords of the Rings, the Kings Kongs as though the entire category were one big tie-in with Visual Effects and Makeup. So if Slumdog Millionaire is the frontrunner (or, given the remote possibility that we’re wrong, a very, very strong contender) in Sound Editing, there’s absolutely no reason to think that it won’t take this in a walk. If that’s not enough to convince you, remember that previous winners in this category include Chicago, Ray, and Dreamgirls. Oscar loves a showtune, and Slumdog’s clodhopping but exuberant train station throwdown is the closest thing this category has to a showstopper.
Will Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Should Win: WALL-E
This blog entry was originally published on Slant Magazine on the date above.