John Gilbert, Kevin O’Connell and Sylvain Bellemare Take Oscars for Editing, Mixing

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Carolyn Giardina and The Guardian by Andrew Pulver on February 26, 2017.

John Gilbert Wins Oscar for Editing ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Editor John Gilbert won his first Academy Award on Sunday for Hacksaw Ridge.

He had been nominated once previously, for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

“Working with Mel, I didn’t really know what to expect. The public persona of someone is almost never true. He’s a very warm guy,” Gilbert said backstage of Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson. “I felt pressure to make sure it was good. He’s a practical joker. I loved working with him.”

He also reported, “We had various servicemen come by and they said it was like being in battle. They gave us some feedback and said what we were doing was very real, and immersive. We took that as positive feedback.”

Hacksaw Ridge topped an editing field that included Arrival‘s Joe Walker, La La Land’s Tom Cross, Moonlight’s Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders and Hell or High Water’s Jake Roberts.

Gilbert is currently editing The Professor and the Madman.

Hollywood Reporter 2/26


Kevin O’Connell Wins Oscar for Sound Mixing for ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Kevin O’Connell is not the best-known name at the 89th Academy Awards, but going into the 2017 ceremony, he held a unique – and presumably unwanted – record: the most nominations without a win, 20 in all.

Now, however, the losing streak is over, as O’Connell won the Oscar for best sound mixing for Hacksaw Ridge, at his 21st attempt.

O’Connell’s first Oscar nomination, for best sound, came in 1984 for Terms of Endearment. Since then he’s received nods for such varied films as Top Gun, A Few Good Men, Con Air and Pearl Harbor. His most recent nomination, before Hacksaw Ridge, was in 2008 for Transformers.

Ahead of the ceremony, O’Connell said: “I think we have a better shot than in years past … It’s a difficult category because there are so many really good movies. But we’ve also been nominated for best picture, best actor, best director and that means the Academy folks in general like the movie.”

An emotional O’Connell thanked his mother at the podium.

Guardian 2/26


Sylvain Bellemare Wins Oscar for Sound Editing for ‘Arrival’

Sylvain Bellemare won his first Academy Award on Sunday, for sound editing on Denis Villeneuve’s scifi drama Arrival.

“This [represents the work of] a lot of people from different countries, and I represent them,” he said backstage. “And if the sound is good in this film, it’s because of Denis Villeneuve.”

Bellemare gave a shout-out to Arrival’s nominated sound mixing team, Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye, and also said he was happy for the Hacksaw Ridge sound mixing team, which won in that category.

Arrival topped a sound editing field that included Hacksaw Ridge, whose nominees Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright won Oscars as part of that film’s sound mixing team’ La La Land, whose nominees Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Latrou Morgan were the first all-women team to be nominated in this category, Deepwater Horizon, and Sully.

Hollywood Reporter 2/26 

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