The book takes us through scene by scene as Chaw meticulously unpacks the various elements of the film, from the late-‘80s costume design to the Tangerine Dream soundtrack.
A lot of pundits think Hugo’s love train through the tech categories will stall out before reaching the sound duo toward the bottom of the ballot, and that War Horse will gallop past it to win by a nose.
For the record, sound mixing is the sort of umbrella sound category, whereas sound editing represents the “special effects” angle of movie sonics.
As long as there’s a Transformers film franchise, there’s a good chance Oscar nominations for special effects are going to be thrown at it like alien shrapnel.
The biggest hurdle for Malick’s answer to 2001 may be the demonstrable fact that this category favors movies with titles longer than your average James Joyce sentence.