There aren't numerous people today who have received much more Oscar nominations than Kevin O'Connell.
The "Hacksaw Ridge" sound mixer had received 21 nominations prior to taking house his initial Academy Award on Sunday.
When asked about the distinction earlier in January, O'Connell said basically that he believes "every little thing takes place for a purpose."
"I've had the opportunity to perform on some terrific films with some terrific people, with some excellent crews, but unfortunately, we have not gotten a verify in the win column however," he mentioned. "But I do not hold any animosity toward anyone. I am not upset about it. I nonetheless really feel honored just to be privileged enough to be nominated so quite a few instances and to be sincere with you, this morning when I got nominated, I was just as excited as I was the 1st time!"
O'Connell, 59, began functioning in the entertainment sector about 40 years ago, earning his very first Oscar nomination in 1983 for "Terms of Endearment." A lot more nominations followed, including one particular in 2000 for his operate on "The Patriot," the 1st of quite a few collaborations he's had "Hacksaw Ridge" director Mel Gibson. In addition to the nomination for sound mixing, the Globe War II drama, which is primarily based on a accurate story, earned five other Oscar nods, including one for finest director for Gibson.
Generating "Hacksaw Ridge" was a specific practical experience, O'Connell mentioned. He noted that Andrew Garfield, who's also nominated for an Oscar, and the rest of the cast "gave that movie 100 percent," which he mentioned inspired these who worked behind the scenes to "step up to the plate to make the audience really feel that they are in the middle of the battlefield with Andrew, Luke [Bracey], and Vince Vaughn."
"The Battle of Okinawa was the bloodiest battle of the Pacific, and it looks 100 % genuine. It was up to us on the sound team to translate that realism to the screen via the use of sound because what several people today don't know is a lot of these battle scenes are shot with out any sound, and just about every single sound in the film demands to be replaced," he stated.
He continued: "Every single explosion, every single gunshot every single ricochet, each and every footstep have all been recreated to give the film that sense of realism."
O'Connell mentioned his group utilized weaponry sounds from the time period, but amplified them to make them extra dynamic. They also took advantage of the fact that new sound systems, which have 56 speakers about the theater rather than 10, have grow to be ubiquitous. The elevated quantity of speakers permitted O'Connell and his colleagues to "pinpoint the sound of the artillery, the incoming explosions, the incoming missiles, the incoming bullets -- and location them all about the theater."
The result, he mentioned, is that the movie should really make viewers feel like they are in the middle of a battlefield.
Provided the perform he and his team put into mixing the sound for "Hacksaw Ridge" (in total, it took about eight to ten weeks in Australia and California), O'Connell said ahead of the awards that he thought that he had "a wonderful shot" to take property a trophy. When he finally won on Sunday, he stated he was thankful for the recognition.
"It was the greatest feeling in my complete life and I'm so grateful for the opportunity," he mentioned. "I am so grateful. It is awesome.
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