Sunday, March 07, 2010

Transformers 2 Loses Best Sound Mixing Oscar

To no surprise really, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen did not win an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing category. It lost to The Hurt Locker. I assumed Avatar was a lock. With the end of the Oscars, this officially ends the award season so Michael Bay and company will remain empty handed with a chance to give it another try with Transformers 3. The full list of winners can be found here.

Sound Mixing
* “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett] (winner)
* “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
* “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
* “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson


  1. Hurt Locker winning best picture reminds me of the Crash debacle from a few years back.

  2. Well, there are still the MTV Movie Awards...

  3. I can't believe Hurt Locker won for best sound over Transformers 2? The audio production for Transformers 2 had so much special attention and everything was dubbed with the highest quality of sound? That is crazy!

    Also to add that Star Trek was nominated over Transformers 2 is laughable.

    Sure, Avatar had great effects, but it wasn't no difference from Lord of the Rings? Transformers 2 had Devastator, which is the most complicated character ever in computer animation history.

    I hope the Acamedy can change their perspective on judging productions in the future.

  4. The Academy is very subjective and much of it is hype. It's not a surprise that many of the voting members do not like Michael Bay or comic book films that reap tons of money. The voting members cherish tradition and sticking to the values of great films hearkening back to the very first Academy Award winning films back in the 1920s and 1930s. If you ever watched those films, you'd get an idea of what they want, even you if you disagree.

    I admit that ROTF wasn't exactly Oscar-winning material due to the absurd acting and terrible script. It doesn't bother me at all. I can only thank the Gods right now for delivering me exactly what I wanted and that was a hugely entertaining movie only Michael Bay can deliver.

  5. Yeah, I agree that Traonsformers 2 is not Oscar material, but they should have been nominated for more. The VFX were absoutly amazing! The cinematophography of the Egyptian pyramids were amazing. I T2 should have been nominated

  6. In the list for the VFX jury for the Oscars there were like 5 people, 3 of those worked in a James Cameron movie (The Abyss specially)... now you know why TF2 didn't even had a chance to be nominated. In the end, I prefer the Hurt Locker winning best sound over Avatar... but I still think TF2 deserved it more (also the 1st one)

  7. ROTF deserved quite a few technical awards...

    Also, District 9 for special effects? WTF? I loved that film...but the effect were sub-par.

  8. @"Anonymous 3/08/2010 1:18 PM"---You must be kidding. Transformers2 and District9 featured the best CGI ever seen. Transformers2 for mechanical CGI obviously and District9 for organic lifeforms.
    The worst CGI is that of Avatar, it's really really poor, worse than the majority of average console games that usually have just $20-30million budget but where creatures and plants look more realistic and less puppets.
    Final Fantasy had way better more realistic CGI than that seen on Avatar. The Na'vi looked so fake as much as plants and animals, really puppets with pathetic movements and facial expressions. Textures were all wrong on Avatar, it would have been nice if it was a little kids cartoon maybe but for a live action sci-fi it simply sucks big time.
    District9 aliens are absolutely photorealistic instead.

  9. "Hurt Locker winning best picture reminds me of the Crash debacle from a few years back."

    The only difference is, the Academy made the right call in giving Hurt Locker the Best Picture trophy. ;)

    Avatar didn't even get nominated for Best Screenplay. Scripts = Blueprints for films. If the blueprint doesn't get recognized, neither should the final product.

  10. "The only difference is, the Academy made the right call in giving Hurt Locker the Best Picture trophy."

    Sure, if you think a boring, lifeless film is the best film of the year. Pretty much all the other nominees were better than the Hurt Locker. I have no desire to ever watch it again. And I am a big fan of the director -I love most of her other films.

    Avatar didn't deserve to win either, but it was far more interesting and engaging than the Bore Locker.

  11. I think that Transformers had much more impressive visuals than Avatar. To me, giving machines facial expressions and realistic body language from scratch is more impressive than just taking what an actor does, putting it into a computer and turning them blue.

  12. The problem here is what I found in a recent article on Yahoo, stating that the Academy still has a difficult time accepting that some human elements can be replaced by machines.

    When it comes to movies, people still enjoy good old fashioned human beings.

    No green screens, no goofy costumes, no robots. Just plain 'ol human beings.

    In some ways I can understand that.

    Looking past this, I do agree that TF2 deserves numerous awards for its special effects but who knows. We'll just have to look at other awards ceremonies and see what they have to say.


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