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3. Best Sound Mixing: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
I, perhaps somewhat naively, still find myself surprised that “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is not the frontrunner for Best Sound Mixing. As most who know me can attest, I carry no overwhelming affection for the “Transformers” franchise, but credit where credit is due. The aural elements in this film are outstanding. For me, they eclipse even the visuals. Complex, rich, clean and yes, as unremittingly booming as the material calls for, there is a precision to the “Transformers” mix that speaks to professionals at the absolute peak of their craft. If “Hugo” does not win in this category then there is a good chance that “War Horse” will, neither of which really shines in this arena the way some of the other nominees do. There is a strong case to be made for the subtle and evocative tones of “Moneyball,” but a “Transformers” win would be a well-earned upset. --Roth Cornet