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Source There aren’t many people who have received more Oscar nominations than Kevin O’Connell. However, what really sets apart the “Hacksaw Ridge” sound mixer, who nabbed his 21st Academy Award nod on Tuesday, is that he holds the record for the most nominations without a single win. When asked about the distinction on Tuesday afternoon, O’Connell said simply that he believes “everything happens for a reason.” “I’ve had the opportunity to work on some great films with some great people, with some great crews, but unfortunately, we haven’t gotten a check in the win column yet,” he said. “But I don’t hold any animosity toward anybody. I’m not upset about it. I still feel honored just to be privileged enough to be nominated so many times and to be honest with you, this morning when I got nominated, I was just as excited as I was the first time!”  O’Connell, 59, began working in the entertainment industry about 40 years ago, earning his first Oscar nomination in 1983 for “Terms of Endearment.” More nominations followed, including one in 2000 for his work on “The Patriot,” the first of several collaborations he’s had “Hacksaw Ridge” director Mel Gibson. 

Well I guess Meryl Streep’s 20 nominations arent that impressive anymore, huh? Who knew they kept separate records for acting and technical categories? Kind of a weird line since its 2017 and all. #techguysmatter.  Kevin O’Connell should get more credit for the amazing work he’s done in his career. I mean yeah 21 nominations in 40 years of work is kind of getting credit but you know what I mean. I’ll admit I hear about sound mixing every year but I’ve never really cared to find out exactly what it was. I mean, sound is sound right? Well as it turns out its a pretty big part of the production, especially in action movies. Here’s a scene from Everest before the sound mixing:

Pretty weird right? Laughable even. Which makes you appreciate how hard it is for the actors to keep themselves in the moment. Here’s what the scene turned into after the sound mixer did his thing:

Yep. Sound mixing is a big deal.

20 nominations without a win. Sound mixing is important and probably really difficult. That’s not the point of this blog. My point, which I’ve finally arrived at, is that Kevin O’Connell needs to grow a pair. I’m almost offended by the courteous and kind response to his routine nomination. Being passed over 20 consecutive times should leave an enormous chip on your shoulder, yet this guy is saying “I don’t hold any animosity toward anybody. I’m not upset about it. I still feel honored just to be privileged enough to be nominated so many times and to be honest with you, this morning when I got nominated, I was just as excited as I was the first time!” My only hope is that this was said in sarcasm. It had to be right? This has the tone of someone who’s about to snap like Harvey Dent. It’s concerning how OK he is with this. 20 times is more than just bad luck, it means someone has something against you. The odds of winning the category are 20% each year. I’ve done some quick number crunching- (probability of losing is 4/5, to the 20th degree, that amount subtracted from 1… this all checks out.)  There is a 98.85% chance our guy Kevin trips and falls onto a win at the Oscars over the course of his career. Oh and fun fact! In 1996 & 1998 he was nominated for TWO different movies… doubling his odds. Yet it hasn’t happened. 20 times this poor bastard has dressed up in a tux, made his way down the red carpet, definitely sat in the back because nobody knows who he is, listened to his category, heard someone else’s name get called, and done this:

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Over and over and over again.  It’s sad. But you know what’s even sadder? If you take a look at the other nominees this year…. it doesn’t look good for poor Kevin O’Connell…

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…yikes. He has nothing going for him. His movie has to go against La La Land, which is this year’s most hyped and most nominated- although I don’t expect it to win here. It has to go against a STAR WARS movie, which is always a threat to win something technical. And maybe worst of all he doesn’t even have the benefit of being the only war movie based on a true story of American heroism. Sucks to be Kevin. I think it’s safe to say 0-21 is in his near future.