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Emmy Winner Predictions 2013: Best Sound Editing

The Emmys are less than one month away…so it’s best to start predicting. I’m going to take a look at each category and predict who I think will be taking home the lovely Emmy statue on Sept. 15 (Creative Arts) or Sept. 22 (Primetime telecast).

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Best Sound Editing – Series:
Boardwalk Empire – “The Milkmaid’s Lot”
Breaking Bad – “Dead Freight”
Game of Thrones – “And Now His Watch Is Ended”
Nikita – “Aftermath”
Vikings – “Trial”

*I think we can narrow this down to a three show race between Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. The CW gets a random nomination here every now and again, this time it was Nikita. I don’t think it’ll win. Vikings has some impressive technical features, but I don’t think it’ll win the Emmy here. Boardwalk Empire previously won in 2010 and the end of their submitted episode has a bomb explosion that might sway some votes. Game of Thrones won last year, but for a much more technically impressive episode. It could still repeat though. But I think it’ll go to Breaking Bad. There’s a great train heist sequence in the back half of the episode that should win voters over. This is its third nomination in the category and this year should be its first win.*

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Best Sound Editing – TV Movie, Miniseries or Special:
American Horror Story: Asylum – “Welcome to Briarcliff”
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
The Bible – “Beginnings”
SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden
World Without End
– “Medieval Life and Death”

*This one is a bit harder to predict. It’s easier to go with AHS as a default prediction, but that particular episode didn’t have as noticeable sound design as some of the others. Battlestar Galactica has a lot of visual effects work, so that might take precendence over the sound. SEAL Team Six should be more of a contender, but its lack of nominations elsewhere will hurt it. Same with World Without End. It’s counterpart The Pillars of the Earth won in 2011, but the viewers were noticeably less and it got bad reviews. That leaves The Bible. The miniseries was criticized for its writing and acting, but the visuals were praised. It should pick up this award. Watch out for AHS though.*

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Best Sound Editing – Non-Fiction Programming:
The Amazing Race – “Be Safe and Don’t Hit a Cow”
Crossfire Hurricane
The Dust Bowl – “The Great Plow Up”
History of the Eagles
The Men Who Built America – “Bloody Battles”
Survivor – “Create a Little Chaos”

*It wasn’t a surprise to see two musical documentaries nominated: Crossfire Hurricane (about The Rolling Stones) and History of the Eagles (about The Eagles). But the bad news is that those never end up winning. Same with the reality show entries. The Amazing Race always gets nominated and never wins. Survivor snuck back in after a few years absence. That leaves a battle between The Dust Bowl and The Men Who Built America. I think the Emmy voters will end up going with The Men Who Built America. It did better in the nomination totals than Ken Burns’ latest series. And the History Channel previously won this award in 2010 & 2011. It should win again.*