Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes have won Oscars for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for their film “Les Misérables” on Feb. 24 at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. The Academy Awards are presented by the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and honors the best in film. Tonight’s show was hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and was televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
This is the second Academy Award win and eighteenth nomination for Andy Nelson. He is also nominated in the same category this evening for his work in “Lincoln.” His previous Oscar was won in 1999 for Best Sound for “Saving Private Ryan.”
This is the first Academy Award win and nomination for Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes.
Also nominated for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing were:
- Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin for “Life of Pi”
- Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins for “Lincoln”
- Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson for “Skyfall”
- John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia for “Argo”
“Les Misérables” is set in 19th-century France and features the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) daughter, Cosette (Isabelle Allen/Amanda Seyfried). The fateful decision changes their lives forever.
“Les Misérables” was nominated for a total of eight Academy Awards including:
- Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Hugh Jackman
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role to Anne Hathaway
- Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
- Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
- Best Achievement in Costume Design
- Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
- Best Achievement in Production Design
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com