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Oscar’s Biggest Loser Gets One More Shot

Filed under: Movies — Justin Levine @ 6:50 am

[posted by Justin Levine] 

Congrats to sound mixer Kevin O’Connell who was just nominated for an Academy Award for in the category of Best Sound Mixing for “Transformers”.

This would make it O’Connell’s 20th Oscar nomination. Not a typo folks…Twenty times…and he’s never won. There were two years where he was even nominated twice for different films (thus effectively competing against himself and splitting his vote).

He has (by far) the longest losing streak in Oscar history.  

O’Connell’s complete list of nominations over the years is as follows –

1983   SOUND — Terms of Endearment [Donald O. Mitchell, Rick Kline, Kevin O’Connell, Jim Alexander] 

1984   SOUND — Dune [Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Kevin O’Connell, Nelson Stoll] 

1985   SOUND — Silverado [Donald O. Mitchell, Rick Kline, Kevin O’Connell, David Ronne] 

1986   SOUND — Top Gun [Donald O. Mitchell, Kevin O’Connell, Rick Kline, William B. Kaplan] 

1989   SOUND — Black Rain [Donald O. Mitchell, Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Keith A. Wester] 

1990   SOUND — Days of Thunder [Donald O. Mitchell, Rick Kline, Kevin O’Connell, Charles Wilborn] 

1992   SOUND — A Few Good Men [Kevin O’Connell, Rick Kline, Bob Eber] 

1995   SOUND — Crimson Tide [Kevin O’Connell, Rick Kline, Gregory H. Watkins, William B. Kaplan] 

1996   SOUND — The Rock [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Keith A. Wester] 

  SOUND — Twister [Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Kevin O’Connell, Geoffrey Patterson] 

1997   SOUND — Con Air [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Arthur Rochester] 

1998   SOUND — Armageddon [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Keith A. Wester] 

  SOUND — The Mask of Zorro [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Pud Cusack] 

2000   SOUND — The Patriot [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Lee Orloff] 

2001   SOUND — Pearl Harbor [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Peter J. Devlin] 

2002   SOUND — Spider-Man [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Ed Novick] 

2004   SOUND MIXING — Spider-Man 2 [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Joseph Geisinger] 

2005   SOUND MIXING — Memoirs of a Geisha [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Rick Kline and John Pritchett] 

2006   SOUND MIXING — Apocalypto [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Fernando Cámara]   

2007 SOUND MIXING — Transformers [Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin]

Good luck dude!

8 Responses to “Oscar’s Biggest Loser Gets One More Shot”

  1. The audio mixing for Transformers was, frankly, awesome.

    They actually managed to make it “sound” right. Was way cool.

    Scott Jacobs (425810)

  2. Transformers was judged recently as having the best hi-def disc sound, even though the disc’s sound wasn’t in the highest resolution format, and beat several discs that were.

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  3. Transformers was an awesome movie only made more awesome by the sound. Good luck Kevin!

    kimsch (2ce939)

  4. Congratulations to Mr. O’Connell.

    With the writer’s strike going on, my daughter is having a hellacious time breaking into cinematic productions in the Art Department. I just pray I live long enough for her not only to get employed, but get just one Oscar nomination.

    PCD (f14ddd)

  5. His sound mixing was more than meets the eye.

    Kevin (4890ef)

  6. I don’t know much about sound mixing but any guy who managed to secure an acadamey award nod for his work on DUNE, of all films, is probably extremely good at his craft.

    Sean P (e57269)

  7. What about the guy getting the make-up nod for Norbit?

    Techie (ed20d9)

  8. Based on that list of credits, it appears he’s the fellow who thought it a good idea to mix a big cat’s roar into an explosion.

    I hate that. No reason, I guess — it just grates on my nerves.

    Rob Crawford (04f50f)

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