Congrats to Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl for their 2012 Oscar Awards nomination for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in the category of Best Sound Editing. It’s a tough category and all the nominees are deserving—including Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis for “Drive;” Ren Klyce for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo;” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty for “Hugo;” and Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom for “War Horse.” I should also mention that this is Erik’s first-ever Academy Award nomination, so this is particularly exciting for him!
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin were also nominated for their “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” work in the Best Sound Mixing category, along with David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo;” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley for “Hugo;” Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick for “Moneyball;” Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson for “War Horse.”
I’ve never been a huge fan of award shows (i.e., Grammys, Oscars, Emmys. etc.), because I feel it’s way too hard to put a competitive barometer on creative excellence, but having said that, this year’s crop of Oscar nominees in the Sound Mixing and Sound Editing categories are all amazing and all of them deserve to win and take that coveted statuette home for a place on their mantle. So in any case, congrats to all the nominees—even the ones that didn’t work on action films about mega-morphing robots—and click here to check out my HDVideoPro/CineSoundPro interview with Erik Aadahl about the Transformers project. —George Petersen
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