Hollywood, CA (January 31, 2006)–Following the pattern of last year’s Academy Award nominations, the three films up for the Sound Editing honors, King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha and War of the Worlds, are also in consideration for the Sound Mixing Oscar. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Walk the Line join the trio in the Sound Mixing category.
Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn, both nominated for 2002’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, are recognized for a second time with King Kong. With Memoirs of a Geisha, Wylie Stateman picks up his third nomination. War of the Worlds marks the second nomination for Richard King, who won in 2000 for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
In the Sound Mixing category, Terry Porter, Dean A. Zupancic and Tony Johnson are nominated for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This is the fourth nod for Porter and the first for Zupancic and Johnson.
The Oscar-winning sound mixing crew from 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek, who were all nominated for the second installment of the Middle-earth trilogy, are nominated for King Kong. Semanick and Peek also received nominations for part one, The Fellowship Of The Ring, in 2001. This is the eighth nomination for Boyes, who won in 2001 (Pearl Harbor) and 1997 (Titanic).
Always the bridesmaid, Kevin O’Connell returns for his eighteenth nomination with Memoirs of a Geisha. He is joined by Greg P. Russell, nominated for the tenth time, Rick Kline, picking up his eleventh nomination, and John Pritchett, who was previously nominated for Road to Perdition.
Four-time nominee Paul Massey, seven-time nominee D.M. Hemphill and first-timer Peter F. Kurland are recognized for Walk the Line. For War of the Worlds, the nomination goes to Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Ronald Judkins. Nelson has been nominated 11 times previously. This is Behlmer’s eighth nomination and the third for Judkins.
The 78th Annual Academy Awards presentation will be broadcast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 5, on ABC.
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