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The Top 25 Best Sound Winners So Far

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As you all know, I’m ranking the newest crop of Academy Award winners, with the column almost complete. For nearly all of the Oscar categories (including a new one today), you’ll see me list the top 25 recipients of that prize. Sometimes, our newest winner will appear. Other times, they’ll be relegated to the Honorable Mention category. Who knows, maybe one or two won’t even make the cut? It’s a list series that I’ll do each and every single year, in the weeks after the ceremony concludes. So, while this is a fun way to think about the Oscars in the aftermath of the latest telecast, it’s also a beginning for another column here on the site. Of course, definitely show us your own lists as well, in the comments section below. We’re definitely keen to know what you think!

This time around, I’m taking a first crack at a Best Sound ranking. In years past, I used to avoid doing Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing just because there was so much in the way of crossover. More recently, the move to Best Sound gave me a new excuse. Today, however, in an effort to stretch out the end of this series, I’m giving it a shot! Where does our most recent winner in Dune fall amongst my picks? Find out below…

Here now are what I consider to be the 25 best winners of the Oscar for Best Actress, to date:

“Jurassic Park” (1993) Cinematography by Dean Cundey

25. Lawrence of Arabia
24. U-571
23. Arrival
22. Back to the Future
21. Aliens
20. Chicago
19. Inception
18. The Hurt Locker
17. Gravity
16. Black Hawk Down
15. The Matrix
14. 1917
13. West Side Story
12. The Dark Knight
11. Saving Private Ryan
10. Dunkirk
9. Jaws
8. Sound of Metal
7. Mad Max: Fury Road
6. Star Wars
5. Whiplash
4. Dune
3. The Empire Strikes Back
2. Ford v Ferrari
1. Jurassic Park

Honorable Mentions: Apollo 13, The Hunt for Red October, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Ford V Ferrari (2019) Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael

Stay tuned for the next category early on next week!


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Robert Hamer
1 month ago

I’ve always been partial to Star Wars as the greatest winner of this award(s) because of just how hard it is for me to imagine that, once upon a time, if you said the word “lightsaber,” a sound didn’t immediately pop into everyone’s heads. Or saying the words “TIE Fighter.” Or “R2-D2.” All of those had to be invented and mixed into what was seen as a weird little artsy Flash Gordon tribute with limited appeal to general audiences.

So many characters, locations, and objects in that one movie have an immediate iconic sound queue associated with them to a degree that’s nearly incomparable.

1 month ago
Reply to  Joey Magidson

I wasn’t sure you would do this one but I am glad I had a few ideas. This category is like apples and oranges! War and battles vs music some action and adventure and some more subtle winners.

1. Jurassic Park
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3 . Sound of Metal
4. The Empire Strikes Back
5. Star Wars
6. Chicago
7. Jaws
8. Master and Commander the Far Side of the World
9. Hugo
10. Gravity
11. The Sound of Music
12. King Kong ( 2005 )
13 . The English Patient
14. Whiplash
15. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
16, Amadeus
17. Slumdog Millionaire
18. Ray
19. The Bourne Ultimatum
20. Cabaret
21. The Last of the Mohicans
22. Inception
23. Gladiator
24. Dreamgirls
25 . Apollo 13

HM The Exorcist, Fiddler on the Roof , Oliver! , Les Miserable, The Deer Hunter

1 month ago
Reply to  Kellie

I meant to add Skyfall to HM .



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