There are not several persons who have received more Oscar nominations than Kevin O’Connell.

The “Hacksaw Ridge” sound mixer had received 21 nominations prior to taking household his first Academy Award on Sunday.

When asked about the distinction earlier in January, O’Connell said basically that he believes “every thing takes place for a explanation.”

“I’ve had the chance to work on some wonderful films with some terrific people, with some wonderful crews, but however, we have not gotten a check in the win column however,” he mentioned. “But I never hold any animosity toward anyone. I’m not upset about it. I nevertheless feel honored just to be privileged sufficient to be nominated so several occasions and to be sincere with you, this morning when I got nominated, I was just as excited as I was the 1st time!”

O’Connell, 59, began functioning in the entertainment market about 40 years ago, earning his initially Oscar nomination in 1983 for “Terms of Endearment.” Far more nominations followed, like a single in 2000 for his operate on “The Patriot,” the very first of numerous collaborations he’s had “Hacksaw Ridge” director Mel Gibson. In addition to the nomination for sound mixing, the World War II drama, which is based on a correct story, earned 5 other Oscar nods, such as one particular for ideal director for Gibson.

Generating “Hacksaw Ridge” was a particular expertise, O’Connell stated. He noted that Andrew Garfield, who’s also nominated for an Oscar, and the rest of the cast “gave that movie 100 percent,” which he said inspired these who worked behind the scenes to “step up to the plate to make the audience really feel that they are in the middle of the battlefield with Andrew, Luke [Bracey], and Vince Vaughn.”

“The Battle of Okinawa was the bloodiest battle of the Pacific, and it looks one hundred percent genuine. It was up to us on the sound group to translate that realism to the screen by way of the use of sound simply because what several people never know is a lot of these battle scenes are shot with out any sound, and every single sound in the movie requires to be replaced,” he said.

He continued: “Every single explosion, every single gunshot just about every ricochet, just about every footstep have all been recreated to give the film that sense of realism.”

O’Connell mentioned his team employed weaponry sounds from the time period, but amplified them to make them more dynamic. They also took advantage of the fact that new sound systems, which have 56 speakers about the theater rather than ten, have come to be ubiquitous. The elevated number of speakers permitted O’Connell and his colleagues to “pinpoint the sound of the artillery, the incoming explosions, the incoming missiles, the incoming bullets — and place them all about the theater.”

The outcome, he mentioned, is that the movie need to make viewers feel like they are in the middle of a battlefield.

Given the perform he and his team put into mixing the sound for “Hacksaw Ridge” (in total, it took about eight to ten weeks in Australia and California), O’Connell said ahead of the awards that he believed that he had “a excellent shot” to take household a trophy. When he finally won on Sunday, he mentioned he was thankful for the recognition.

“It was the greatest feeling in my entire life and I’m so grateful for the chance,” he said. “I’m so grateful. It is amazing.”

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