Oscars Predictions: Best Sound – Did the Surprise Shortlist Inclusion of ‘Last Night in Soho’ Give Clues to Widespread Academy Love?

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UPDATED: Dec 27, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Ten films remain in the running for best achievement in sound. They are – “Belfast” (Focus Features), “Dune” (Warner Bros), “Last Night in Soho” (Focus Features), “The Matrix: Resurrections” (Warner Bros), “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing), “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix), “A Quiet Place Part II” (Paramount Pictures), “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony Pictures), “Tick, Tick … Boom!” (Netflix) and “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios).

The first year that the Oscars have presented a shortlist for sound, just two years after merging the awards for sound mixing and sound editing. It seems not to be raising any glaring issues thus far as the ten features to make the cut are all respected entries and worthy of a nomination.

Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho,” the most surprising entry, could bode well for a showing in other artisan categories like production and costumes. When looking at the revelations of a shortlist, it’s helpful to have a mindset that if something is surprising in the field, it’s probably there for a reason, and you should expect it called on nomination morning. Does that mean “Soho” gets a nom? Perhaps.

It was a massive year for musicals, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Tick, Tick … Boom!” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” will represent the genre. Both stand an excellent chance to make the lineup.

The team behind “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is quite robust, which includes Kevin O’Connell, who’s been nominated by the Academy a staggering 21 times, and then finally won (in what many considered a shocking upset) for Mel Gibson’s war drama, “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016). In addition, his work on the Tobey Maguire versions of “Spider-Man” (2002) and “Spider-Man 2” (2004) was recognized, and this could be a safe bet, especially after a $1 billion worldwide box office.

All final sound credits are not finalized and will be determined by the Academy. They will be revealed when nominations are announced on Feb. 8.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.

Precursor Awards Leader: “Dune” (Warner Bros)
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final nominees not finalized



Warner Bros

Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett


“West Side Story”

20th Century Studios

Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, Tod Maitland, Shawn Murphy


“The Power of the Dog”


Robert Mackenzie, Richard Flynn, Leah Katz, Tara Webb, Dave Whitehead


“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Sony Pictures

Willie Burton, Kevin O’Connell, Tony Lambert, Steven Ticknor, Vanessa Lapato


“No Time to Die”

MGM/United Artists Releasing

Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, Paul Massey



“Last Night in Soho”

Focus Features

Julian Slater, Dan Morgan, Colin Nicolson, Tim Cavagin


“Tick, Tick … Boom!”


Paul Hsu, Todd A. Maitland


“A Quiet Place Part II”

Paramount Pictures

Ethan Van Der Ryn, Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor



Focus Features

Simon Chase, James Mather, Denise Yarde, Niv Adris


“The Matrix: Resurrections”

Warner Bros

Barry O’Sullivan, Dana A. Davis, Stephanie Flack, Matthias Lempert, Lars Ginzel


The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The most significant Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. This category’s history is a bit more complex to track since it’s been through many inceptions of the history of AMPAS. For example, there were different record-holders when it was split between sound mixing and sound editing. Classic sound engineers Thomas T. Moulton and Greg P. Russell have the most nominations at 16, although the former netted five Oscars over his career. The latter has the record for most nominations and no win. Moulton has the most win record shared with Douglas Shearer and Fred Hynes, though they garnered 15 and 7 nominations. Richard King and Ben Burtt have the most wins for sound editing, with Alan Robert Murray having the most nods with 10.

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