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Whiplash whips the sound mixing Oscars

The team behind the movie Whiplash, which portrays the sometimes bitter and often harrowing relationship between a jazz drumming prodigy and his bullying tutor, won the Academy Award for Achievement in sound mixing at the ‘Oscars’, held last night in California. The team of Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins (from the UK) and Thomas Curley took the gong, adding to their Bafta trophy from two weeks ago. J.K. Simmons, who stars as the uncompromising music instructor in the film, who the Best Supporting Actor award.

Craig Mann is shown, left, with Ben Wilkins, in front of a still from the film.

Other films nominated for Achievement in sound mixing were:

– American Sniper (John T Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin)
– Birdman (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Thomas Varga)
– Interstellar (Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten
– Unbroken (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, David Lee)

The achievement for sound editing winners were Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman for American Sniper. Other nominations were:

Birdman (Aaron Glascock, Martín Hernández)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Brent Burge, Jason Canovas)
Interstellar (Richard King)
Unbroken (Becky Sullivan, Andrew DeCristofaro)

In other Oscar news, the Best original song went to Glory from Selma by Lonnie Lynn (Common) & John Stephens (John Legend); Best original score to Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Desplat has previously won the Oscar for his score for The King’s Speech.