On Saturday, “Hugo” won top award from the Cinema Audio Society. While the winner of this award has gone on to claim the Best Sound Mixing Oscar only three times in the past decade, two of those instances were in the last three years. The other Oscar champs had at least been nominated by the CAS.
“Hugo” marks the third nomination for John Midgley and the fifth for Tom Fleischman. Neither has won as of yet.
“Moneyball” was the only other Oscar nominee to contend at the CAS. This is the fourth Oscar bid by Ed Novick, who won this category last year for “Inception,” the second for David Giammarco and the first for both Deb Adair and Ron Bochar.
Prior to this, the four nominees for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” — Peter J. Devlin, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Gary Summers, and Greg P. Russell — had amassed 28 Oscar nominations between them. Russell accounts for 14 of those without any wins to date. Summers has won four of his 10 bids (“Terminator 2: Judgement Day,” “Jurassic Park,” “Titanic” and “Saving Private Ryan”)
Gary Rydstrom, who is also nominated for Sound Editing for “War Horse” this year, has won seven of his previous 15 bids in the two sound races: “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (Sound and Sound Editing), “Jurassic Park” (Sound and Sound Editing), “Titanic” (Sound) and “Saving Private Ryan” (Sound and Sound Editing). Two of the film’s other mixers — Andy Nelson and Tom Johnson — have been nominated 24 times collectively, with three wins between them. This is the first nomination for Stuart Wilson.
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” sound mixers Ren Klyce, David Parker and Michael Semanick have 21 nominations between them. Parker won for “The English Patient” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” while Semanick prevailed with “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” and”King Kong.” This is the first nomination for Bo Persson.
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