Peter Grace, an Australian supervising sound editor, has won an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing for his work on critically acclaimed war drama film “Hacksaw Ridge.” He shared the Oscar with fellow Australian sound editors Andy Wright and Robert Mackenzie.
The team had an American leader – sound re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell. Surprisingly, it’s the first win “and 21st nomination” for O’Connell, who holds the record for most Academy Award nominations without a win in last 34 years.
O’Connell set the record in 2006 with his 18th nomination without a win. With the current win at the 89th Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing, O’ Connell proved that he is no more the “unluckiest nominee in the history of the Academy Awards,” a title that he bagged because of his past losses.
Directed by Aussie Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of World War II veteran Desmond Doss, who refused to carry firearms at any time during the war but was later awarded the Medal of Honor by the US Military. The cast also has many Aussie actors including Rachel Griffiths, Teresa Palmer and Luke Bracey.
This year three Australian films are in the running including a landmark two nominations in the Best Picture category. It’s the first time Australians have been nominated twice in the Best Picture category. Nicole Kidman and Mel Gibson have hopes from “Lion” and “Hacksaw Ridge.” Aussie hopes are also high with a record 14 nominees in various categories.
Meanwhile, “Lion” is a film inspired by Indian-born Australian Saroo Brierley’s life and autobiography, “A Long Way Home.” It has two Aussie actors Kidman and David Wenham, who play Saroo’s Australian adoptive parents.
However, Ryan Gosling’s musical hit “La La Land” is the frontrunner in most categories. It equals the nomination record of 14 nominations previously set by Titanic in 1998 and All About Eve in 1951.
The year 2016 was good for Australians at the Oscars after “Mad Max: Fury Road” bagged six awards. Aussie-born actress Cate Blanchett too was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in “Carol.”
The 89th Academy Awards are going on live in Los Angeles at the moment. Australian viewers can watch the ceremony live by switching on Channel Nine’s 9NOW at 12 p.m. AEDT February 27. Those who miss the show need not worry as it will be re-broadcast at 7.40 p.m. AEDT. Check back the page for more updates later.