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Trophies went to the sound editing team of John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone, and the sound mixing team of Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali. It was the first Academy Award for all five honorees. Massey had seven prior nominations. It was the second nom for Cavagin, and the first for Warhurst, Hartstone and Casali.
Hartstone became the first European woman to win an Oscar in sound editing, “and hopefully there will be many more women after this year,” she said. Hartstone added that a highlight of the show was seeing Queen’s opening performance. “It’s been a thrilling day. This is my first time here and to win, it’s been incredible.”
“They were so collaborative,” Casali said of Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor. “Once we had their trust, they completely allowed us into their family. They told us stories about Freddie … and so once we got through the first couple of days with them, it was truly a ‘welcome to the family’ at all times. We learned so much about Freddie that’s not in the film as well. It was such a joy to be part of that team, and I think we actually wish it wasn’t finished.”
In making Bohemian Rhapsody, the sound teams incorporated original Queen tracks, including those from its performance at 1985’s Live Aid concert, which is featured as the film’s finale.
In the sound editing category, Bohemian Rhapsody topped a field that included Black Panther, First Man, A Quiet Place and Roma. The sound mixing noms also included Black Panther, First Man, Roma and A Star Is Born.
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