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‘The Hurt Locker’ stashes more audio prizes at the Oscars

test 16 March 2010

US: Following its strong showing at the BAFTA Film Awards, Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq bomb disposal drama collected six trophies at the 2010 Oscars, writes David Davies. Weeks after The Hurt Locker collected the Best Sound award at the BAFTAs, the film scooped both Sound categories at the Academy Awards: Sound Editing went to Paul N. J. Ottosson, while Ottosson and Ray Beckett shared Sound Mixing.

In both cases, these awards marked the sound professionals’ first Oscar wins. For Beckett, this was his first nomination, although Ottosson was previously in the running for Sound Editing on Spider-Man 2.

Technology suppliers for whom this was a boost included Dolby Laboratories, although in truth any result would have been a good one for Dolby as all of the films nominated for the Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories included its audio technologies. Indeed, 2010 marked the 32nd consecutive year that films released with Dolby audio technologies such as Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Surround EXTM have received Oscar nominations.

Ahead of the March 7 ceremony – which earned the highest US TV ratings since 2005 – Dolby Laboratories’ Page Haun commented: "Dolby congratulates the talented sound mixers and editors nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. Dolby is honoured to work alongside these masters of audio as we strive to develop new audio innovations and give them the tools to excel at their trade."

Other category winners Michael Giacchino, who won the Music (Original Score) award for Up, and Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett, who collected Music (Original Song) for ‘The Weary Kind’ from Crazy Heart.

By winning this trophy, Bingham and Burnett brought more disappointment for master songwriter Randy Newman, who was nominated twice in the same category for songs contributed to The Princess & the Frog. Previous to this, Newman had been nominated 17 times for the Original Song award, but only won once for Monsters, Inc’s ‘If I Didn’t Have You’.

Mind you, Randy has more reason to celebrate than sound mixer Kevin O’Connell, who as habitual PSN-e readers will know has received 20 nominations since 1983 without a single victory.

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