Sound of Metal: Wins New Sound Oscar, Combining Former Sound Editing and Mixing Categories

Sound of Metal Wins New Sound Oscar, Combining Former Sound Editing and Mixing Categories

Riz Ahmed learned to play the drums for music scenes, recorded live in Sound of Metal.

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Riz Ahmed learned to play the drums for music scenes, recorded live in Sound of Metal.

Sound of Metal won the Oscar in sound, a new category introduced by the Motion Picture Academy this year that combines the former sound editing and sound mixing categories.
Starring Oscar-nominated Riz Ahmed as a drummer who is losing his hearing, the film uses sound–and the absence of sound–to give the audience his aural point of view.This is the first Academy Award for supervising sound editor/designer Nicolas Becker, production sound mixer Phillip Bladh, and rerecording mixers Jaime Baksht, Carlos Cortés, and Michelle Couttolenc, who was one of just two women nominated in the category this year.

Speaking backstage about the combined category, Becker described the “deep collaboration” of the sound editing and mixing team, saying the combined award is “amazing because we are a team. I believe you have to work in close collaboration. … I really like it. This makes sense to be all together.”

Becker, who was also the sound designer, is based in France, while the film was mixed in Mexico.

At the Oscars, Sound of Metal topped a field of sound nominees that also included Greyhound, Mank, News of the World and Soul.