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Best: The tie in Best Sound Editing
Okay, so for most people, Best Sound Editing isn’t exactly one of the most eagerly awaited awards of the evening. For Oscar pundits, however, it was clearly one of this year’s most closely contested races, with predictions going every which way. And the final result couldn’t have been much more satisfying or surprising – the Academy Awards offered up their first tie since 1994, as the award was shared between two vastly different but highly deserving soundscapes, “Skyfall” and “Zero Dark Thirty” – one an out-and-out action movie, the other a quieter drama with an explosive sonic climax. The tie also meant that “Zero Dark Thirty” – many critics’ choice for the year’s Best Picture – didn’t go home empty-handed, while 007 got a neat bookend to his Best Original Song Oscar in his 50th anniversary year. Everybody wins. Well, okay, just two films win. Still, an exciting and eminently fair outcome to brighten up the less glamorous end of the winners list.
- Guy Lodge