Few things would be please me more than the “Transformers” franchise finally getting the praise it deserves (but perhaps all the money it makes is reward enough). As one of my favorite film series, the original Michael Bay “Transformers” garnered the same three awards at the 2007 Academy Awards.(Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, & Sound Editing), though it failed to take any of them home. Knowing the general consensus on these films and toward director Michael Bay, there is little hope for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” taking the award this year, especially against the buzzed about “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.

The sound categories are a tough egg to crack every year, and predicting them is usually on the difficult level next to predicting the winning shorts. But with such a heavy live-action-to-CGI ratio, the case has to be made that creating a successful sound design like the one for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is much more impressive than that of completely live action films like “War Horse”, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, and “Moneyball”.

A strong case could be made for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” taking one of these awards. Its sound design is superb, finding a way to mesh the real world with the world of fighting robots, yet still remaining audible and enjoyable without overbearing or annoying. The “transforming” noises will always be a favorite of mine. So far in the challenge, I only have “Moneyball” to compare it with, and against the baseball film, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” would definitely win. However, looking ahead, “Hugo” could be a strong contender, as could the minimally nominated “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. My deepest hopes lie in “Drive” winning Best Sound Editing as it is the only category it was nominated for and was my favorite film of the year. But seeing “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” win anything this year would be good enough for me.

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