Hollywood, CA (March 6, 2006)–King Kong, directed by Peter Jackson, swept four technical awards at the Oscar presentation on Sunday night, including best sound editing and best sound mixing. The film’s audio post production was completed at Jackson’s own Park Road Post facility in Wellington, New Zealand.
Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn, who were both winners for 2002’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, also directed by Jackson, were recognized again for King Kong, and beat out Memoirs of a Geisha and War of the Worlds to take home their second statuettes. In his acceptance speech, Hopkins acknowledged “the guy that paved the way for us, Murray Spivack, the original sound designer for the 1933 version of King Kong.”
The Oscar-winning sound mixing crew from 2003’s Jackson-directed The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek, triumphed over fellow nominees The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Walk the Line. Boyes, Semanick and Hammond Peek were also nominated for Jackson’s first installment of Tolkein’s Middle-earth trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, in 2001. This was the eighth nomination for Boyes, who won in 1997 for his sound editing work on Titanic) and again in 2001 for Pearl Harbor).
The 78th Annual Academy Awards presentation was broadcast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 5, on ABC.
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