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Oscars 2017Aussie sound guru Andy Wright claims first Oscar

Andy Wright is up for two Oscars following his sound work on Hacksaw Ridge. Picture: SuppliedSound guru Andy Wright, who grew up in Penshurst, has won his first Oscar.
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Wright is currently attending the89thAcademy Awards inLos Angeles.

He was up for two Oscars today:sound editing and sound mixing following his work onHacksaw Ridge, directed by fellow n Mel Gibson.

He won the sound mixing award alongside work colleagues Robert Mackenzie,Kevin O’Connell and Peter Grace–beating the likes ofLa La LandandRogue One: A Star Wars Story.

He missed out on the sound editing award (which he was nominated for alongside Mackenzie) which went to Arrival.

This is the first time he has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Hacksaw Ridge

Mr Wright, 36, works for n post-production companySoundfirm.

In an interview with theLeader, before he left for LA, he said he had enjoyed a long history working alongside fellow winnerMackenzie.

“Robert Mackenzie and I have worked together on and off for over 15 years,” he said.

“Roger [Savage, the Soundfirm chief executive] put Rob and I forward to supervise the sound onHacksaw Ridge.

“Rob is fabulous to work with. He is a super, intelligent guy and has a great knowledge of film history and audio techniques.”

Oscars: Andy Wright with his partner Leah, during a build-up event to today’s Academy Awards. Picture: Supplied

Kevin O’Connell gave the acceptance speech on behalf of the sound team from Hacksaw Ridge.

“Kevin is a 40-year veteran of Hollywood sound and was amazing to work with,” Wright said.

“He straight away slotted into the dynamic Rob and I had developed over 15 years and made the flow of the sound mix so easy for us all.”

Mr Wright is attending the Academy Awards with his partner, Leah.

Mr Wright attended Marist Catholic College Penshurst and Marist College Kogarah as a teenager.

Films nominatedfor the same awards:Sound mixing: Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.Sound editing:Arrival, Deepwater Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Sully.

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