US/UK: Distinguished sound mixer Kevin O'Connell will be hoping to bring his historic losing streak to an end at next month's Oscar ceremony. Having missed out on an award for the 19th time in 2007 for his contribution to Apocalypto, O'Connell - who holds the record for the greatest number of Academy Award nominations without ever winning one of the iconic statuettes - is in the running this year for his sound mixing of Transformers with Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin. Meanwhile, the sound category nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards (logo pictured) have also been announced, writes David Davies.
The other four films nominated in the Oscars' Achievement in Sound Mixing category are The Bourne Ultimatum (Scott Millan, David Parker, Kirk Francis), No Country for Old Men (Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland), Ratatouille (Randy Thom, Michael Semanick, Doc Kane) and 3.10 to Yuma (Paul Massey, David Giammarco, Jim Stuebe). All but one of these films also appears in the Achievement in Sound Editing category, where the other nominated movie is There Will Be Blood.
Subject to concerns about a possible impact from the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, the 80th Academy Awards will take place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on February 24th.
The Best Sound category at the 2008 Orange British Academy Film Awards (more popularly known as the BAFTA Film Awards) shares considerable common ground with its Oscar equivalents. In the running are The Bourne Ultimatum (Kirk Francis, Scott Millan, Dave Parker, Karen Baker Landers, Per Hallberg), Atonement (Danny Hambrook, Paul Hamblin, Catherine Hodgson), No Country For Old Men (Peter Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff), There Will Be Blood (Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, John Pritchett, Michael Semanick, Tom Johnson) and La Vie En Rose (Laurent Zeilig, Pascal Villard, Jean-Paul Hurier, Marc Doisne).
The Orange British Academy Film Awards will be held on Sunday February 10th at the Royal Opera House in London.
Staying on an awards tip, it has been revealed that, following extensive lobbying efforts by the Recording Academy, the Writers Guild of America (West) has agreed not to picket this year's landmark 50th Grammy Awards, due to take place at Los Angeles' Staples Center on February 10th. However, at time of writing, no decision had been taken regarding a request for an agreement that would allow the two writers of the show's TV broadcast to carry out their work.