You have probably asked yourself what is the difference between these categories. I have. But then I still think a component stereo system is pretty high tech.
I recently received a pair of Dr. Dre Beats headphones but I am still a little week in the technical department.
1942Yankee Doodle Dandy - Lots of tap dancing by James Cagney,
1961: West Side Story - Dancing and fighting. Also very tuneful.
1970: Patton - Very little dancing. Just the Russians towards the end of the movie. One landed on the table in front of Georce C. Scott. Patton distrusted the Russians.
1974: Earthquake -This beat out Chinatown and The Conversation which seems borderline crazy. But it is an arcane award. Earthquake resonates for sentimental reasons. It was the first time I invited Peggy Shearn to go out with the gang. Ah romance. Going to see Earthquake in Northern California.
1979: Apocalypse Now- Another sentimental choice.We saw this movie at the old Varsity Theater in Evanston. It was our first night out after our daughter, novelist Amy Shearn was born. A bloody, complicated disturbing movie about Viet-Nam. That's a good time.
1995: Apollo 13- Those were sounds from space. That is good mixing.
2010: Inception- Those were sounds from dreams. They weren't even real. Lots of imagination.
I don't understand why but some years like between 1968 and 1974 they did not even give out this aware. What was going on with sound during that time. I think it was political and had to do with unions, the studio system and Nixon.
My favorite sound editing...
1967 The Dirty Dozen: Two words. Trini Lopez.
This picture of Trini Lopez is from the Internet Movie Firearms Data Base which is a web site that indentified weapons from movies, TV and video games. Trini is holding a grease gun.
This year's nominees for Sound Mixing are:
Life of Pi
I saw them all except Les Miserables. So the question, who made it the best slurry of sound. Tough field. I go with Argo. I love a good Persian bazaar scene.
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
I am all over ZDT for this one. Love the opening. The sounds of 9/11. Black screen. Cell phone. The void. Brilliant invocation of the "chase."