Good article. It's just sad that he has such an uphill struggle what with half the voting members of the Academy likely not having seen DotM. It should be required that all voting members watch at least some significant portion of the film they are voting on and not just the short clips that get sent in.
Rated X wrote:Im not trying to discredit the individual for his talents, but since when did "Sound Mixing" become a category for an Oscar ??? Can a movie watcher really tell the difference from one "sound technicians" work and another one ??? Does the make-up artist get a trophy too ??? How about the guy with the black and white striped sign that says "ACTION" !!!
I can't give you an exact year but Sound Editing has been a viable category for quite some time. It's been that way with most of the other behind the scenes categories but they just don't get the publicity they deserve.
As for being able to tell the difference, yeah after a while you can but it more gets credited to it being the Directors style but if you have a director who uses the same team all the time then that team will know what the director likes and keep that up throughout all of his films. If TF-4 actually comes to pass and it isn't Bay at the helm, you will definitely notice a difference in both the sound and visual style because both teams will have to adapt to the new director.
Admittedly I have an advantage when it comes to the audio aspects since I have had a few operations on my inner ear workings and, due to a minor slip up during the last procedure, have a bit more range in the high and low ends of human hearing than the average guy does (it's not always as much fun as it sounds, trust me) so I am a big stickler for sound quality when it comes to watching movies because I pick up on subtleties that most people miss.
And yes, I also use this "gift" to catch my kids in the midst of mischief that they think nobody hears them committing. Totally pisses them off.