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Kevin O'Connell (born November 27, 1957 in Long Island, New York[1]) is a sound re-recording mixer. He holds the record for most Academy Award nominations without a win at 20, having originally set the record in 2006 with his 18th nomination and loss[2][3][4], making him the "unluckiest nominee in the history of the Academy Awards".[5]

Awards and nominations

O'Connell won an Emmy for sound mixing for Lonesome Dove. In addition to his 20 Academy Award nominations, he has been nominated for 11 Cinema Audio Society, USA awards, two Satellite Awards, and one BAFTA Award.[4] He was profiled by the American weekend newsmagazine CBS Sunday Morning in 2007 on the morning before the Oscar telecast, as well as by the CBS Evening News.[6]

The films for which O'Connell has received an Oscar nomination without winning the award are:

  1. Terms of Endearment (1983)
  2. Dune (1984)
  3. Silverado (1985)
  4. Top Gun (1986)
  5. Black Rain (1989)
  6. Days of Thunder (1990)
  7. A Few Good Men (1992)
  8. Crimson Tide (1995)
  9. Twister (1996)
  10. The Rock (1996)
  11. Con Air (1997)
  12. The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  13. Armageddon (1998)
  14. The Patriot (2000)
  15. Pearl Harbor (2001)
  16. Spider-Man (2002)
  17. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  18. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
  19. Apocalypto (2006)
  20. Transformers (2007)

For his Academy Award nomination for his work on the film Transformers, he commented, "If you could bottle up the way that I felt this morning when I found out I was nominated, people wouldn't buy drugs anymore because this is just the best thing on the planet."[7]


  1. ^ "Kevin O'Connell (II)". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-01-05.  
  2. ^ Associated Press. "Three 6 Mafia 'Pimp' the Oscars," March 6, 2006.
  3. ^ "Biography for Kevin O'Connell (II)". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-01-05.  
  4. ^ a b "Awards for Kevin O'Connell (II)". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-01-05.  
  5. ^ "In praise of... Kevin O'Connell". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-02-26.  
  6. ^ Oscar's Biggest Loser: Sound Mixer Kevin O'Connell Has Been Nominated 19 Times, Including This Year, But Has Yet To Win (video and text summary of video segment), CBS Sunday Morning, February 22, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
  7. ^ Associated Press. Nominees React To Oscar Announcement, January 22, 2008.

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