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Emmy Winner Predictions 2013: Best Sound Mixing

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 Mixing – Drama or Comedy Series (One Hour):
Boardwalk Empire – “The Milkmaid’s Lot”
Breaking Bad – “Dead Freight”
Game of Thrones – “And Now His Watch Is Ended”
Homeland – “Beirut Is Back”
Mad Men – “The Flood”

*This category is all over the place in terms of winners. Last year Game of Thrones won the award and I suspect it will do it again. I think the only other competitor on the docket is Breaking Bad, basically for the same reasons I gave in the Sound Editing category. It has a lot of technical work with the train sequence and the music was impressive also. It will be a race between those two shows and I think Game of Thrones will come out on top for this one.*

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Best Sound Mixing – Drama or Comedy Series (Half-Hour) or Animation:
Modern Family – “My Hero”

Nurse Jackie – “Teachable Moments”
The Office – “Finale”
Parks and Recreation – “Leslie and Ben”
30 Rock – “Mazel Tov, Dummies!”

*Modern Family has taken this category two out of the past three years. I expect it will happen again because all of the other shows nominated are past their Emmy favorite statuses. If anything else wins, I suspect that The Office will win for the series finale. But I would be surprised if Modern Family didn’t win.*

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Best Sound Mixing – TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Asylum – “Welcome to Briarcliff”
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
– “Beginnings”
Phil Spector

*The past three winners of this award have gone to more noticeable productions with action sequences. But that will probably end this year because none of the nominees particularly fit that category (except for The Bible). While I think that one is a pretty sure thing for Sound Editing, this category will likely go to Behind the Candelabra. It’s the Emmy favorite and all of the musical sequences should impress the Emmy voters.*

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Best Sound Mixing – Variety Program:
American Idol – “Finale”
The Colbert Report – “#8137B”
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – “#17153”
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards
The Oscars

*This category saw a little bit of a shift this year with the addition of The Colbert Report and The Daily Show. Those shows have never been nominated before, so it’ll be interesting to see if breaking the nomination barrier will get them noticed more and lead to an Emmy win. I doubt it will because the category winners tend to lead towards live productions. The Emmy like to give this award to musical productions also, so I think the Grammys should have a pretty easy victory. But The Oscars could possibly take home the trophy also.*

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Best Sound Mixing – Non-Fiction Programming:
The Amazing Race – “Be Safe and Don’t Hit a Cow”
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – “Myanmar”
Crossfire Hurricane
Deadliest Catch – “Mutiny on the Bering Sea”
History of the Eagles
– “Create a Little Chaos”

*Deadliest Catch is always a reliable prediction for the technical categories. It should easily win this award again. Last year it was surprising when it lost to a Paul Simon special, but this year I think the two musical programs will cancel each other, leaving a clear path for another victory for Deadliest Catch.*