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'Hacksaw Ridge' sound mixer aims for first Oscar after 21 nominations




Sound mixer Kevin O'Connell, right, teamed up with frequent collaborator Mel Gibson for
Sound mixer Kevin O'Connell, right, teamed up with frequent collaborator Mel Gibson for "Hacksaw Ridge."
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Sound mixer Kevin O'Connell, right, teamed up with frequent collaborator Mel Gibson for
Andrew Garfield stars in "Hacksaw Ridge" as WWII hero, Desmond Doss.
Mark Rogers photo
Sound mixer Kevin O'Connell, right, teamed up with frequent collaborator Mel Gibson for
A scene from "Hacksaw Ridge" starring Andrew Garfield.
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There's one Oscar nominee you may never have heard of, even though he’s been nominated 21 times — the most of anybody without a win. 

This year, Kevin O’Connell is nominated for Best Sound Mixing for his work on Mel Gibson's “Hacksaw Ridge” — a true story about WWII hero Desmond Doss.

O’Connell has worked with Gibson before — on “Apocalypto”  and “The Passion of The Christ.” The work that he does unfolds in the background, yet it is critical to cohesive storytelling.

What we do is we guide the audience through the entire film by continually shifting the perspectives of every single sound they hear.

Taking music, sound effects and dialogue, O’Connell  weaves everything together to complement what we see on the screen, creating a rich sonic backdrop for the action on screen.

 



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