New York (February 25, 2013)—Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast was relatively by the books, until the presentation by Mark Wahlberg of the award for Best Sound Editing. The award’s voting ended in a tie, resulting in two winning movies—and only the sixth tie in Oscar history.
The Oscars for Sound Editing went to the films, Skyfall, and Zero Dark Thirty. Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers won for Skyfall; this was the fourth Academy Award nomination for Hallberg, who previously won for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and Braveheart (1995). Meanwhile, it was the second Academy Award nomination for Baker Landers, who previously won for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
Meanwhile, Paul N.J. Ottosson won for Zero Dark Thirty. This was the fourth Academy Award nomination for Ottosson, who previously won both sound categories for his work on The Hurt Locker (2009)
The award for Sound Mixing went to the film, Les Misérables, tackled by the team of Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes. Including his nomination this year for Sound Mixing for Lincoln, this was the eighteenth Academy Award nomination for Nelson, who won in 1998 for Saving Private Ryan. This was the first nomination for both Paterson and Hayes.
Previous ties in Oscar history include twice for the Best Documentary (1949, 1986); Best Live Action Short (1994); Best Actress (Barbra Streisand, Katherine Hepburn—1969); and Best Actor (1932).