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Best Sound Mixing: "Berberian Sound Studio"
If there’s one thing you can reasonably expect from a film about a sound mixer, it’s a decent sound mix, and Steve Haywood’s team delivers more than that in this brooding British semi-horror film. A loving tribute to the craft that pulls back the curtain on traditional sound technique – its protagonist is working on a gaudily loud Italian giallo picture, hacking into vegetables to simulate the requisite blood-curdling effects – while employing more sophisticatedly brooding sonic atmospherics outside the film-within-a-film. Not since De Palma’s ‘Blow Out’ has the art of sound been so generously showcased on screen; it was a deserved winner of the Technical Achievement Award at last year’s British Independent Film Awards.
- Guy Lodge