The process of sound mixing is taking all the different sounds needed in a scene and putting them together so they are at the right time and volume. The elements needed to meld together for most scenes are dialogue, background noise, and score, however some films will have a focus on music or special effects.
This year we have two war movies (American Sniper and Unbroken) with gun shots, torture, and sand storms all mixed in. Sniper seems to have a better shot at winning out of the two, but action films frequently pick up at the sound categories. Whiplash is a drum-heavy jazz musical. It has a better chance of picking up on sound mixing than editing, similar to how other musicals have fared in previous years. Interstellar is the science fiction addition of the year. This movie mixed the silence of space with sound within their suits and ships.
- American Sniper