'A Quiet Place' Sound Designers on a Trend That Defines This Year's Oscars

When we think of Academy Award-winning sound design, 2017’s bombastic Dunkirk score by Hanz Zimmer or 2016’s haunting Arrival soundtrack (Jóhann Jóhannsson) come to mind, but the 2019 Oscars may surprise us by rewarding a compelling new trend in cinematic sound: the absence of sound itself.

Leading this trend is A Quiet Place, a movie so silent you could hear every piece of popcorn eaten in the theater during screenings, and in an interview, the movies sound designers Erik Aadahl and...

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