Hollywood, CA (March 5, 2018)—Director Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk stormed the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday night, winning Oscars for both sound mixing and sound editing and beating back competition from Baby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, The Shape of Water and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Rerecording mixers Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo and production sound mixer Mark Weingarten won for best sound mixing. Richard King and Alex Gibson won in the best sound editing category.
Landaker previously won sound Oscars for The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Speed. In his acceptance speech, he dedicated the award “to two gentlemen that bookend my career: Don Rogers [former director of technical operations at the Samuel Goldwyn Studios], giving me flight, and to Kim Waugh [senior vice president, Post Production Services at Warner Bros.] for giving me a safe landing.”
Landaker announced last month that he planned to retire after 47 years in the business. Backstage, according to published reports, he said, “This film didn’t end my career, but I decided to put a period on it. This was my 207th feature film, ninth nomination and fourth win. Chris [Nolan] has always encouraged me to reach further into our craft of mixing a film, to bring something new and different to the soundtrack that the audience would step up and notice.”
Rizzo, who works at Skywalker Sound, has four previous nominations and one win, for Inception. In his speech he gave a shout out “to everybody at Full Sail University.” Rizzo is a 1993 Recording Arts graduate and valedictorian and was inducted into the Full Sail Hall of Fame in 2009.
This was the first win for Weingarten. He was previously nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network and Interstellar.
It was the fourth Oscar for supervising sound editor and designer Richard King, who has been nominated six times. He previously won for The Dark Knight, Inception and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. He thanked Nolan and his wife, Emma Thomas, who has produced all the director’s films, saying, “Thank you for including me in this amazing trip. It was an amazing film about an amazing event.”
This was the first Oscar and nomination for Gibson. Accepting the award, he said, “I’d like to thank the Academy for including me in this nomination. It’s historic, and I think music editors and I are very grateful.” Backstage, he explained to The Hollywood Reporter, “a music editor, they don’t get awards. I think one person was nominated years ago but I’m now the first one to win. It’s because of the intensity of the work I did and how it wove with what Richard King did. And a lot of love.”
All five Oscar winners were also recently honored for Dunkirk at the BAFTA Awards in the U.K. in the best sound category, which combines the crafts of mixing and editing.
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