Nemo Fishing for Sound Editing Oscar

Animation and visual effects are well represented in the list of films being considered for Achievement in Sound Editing for the 76th Academy Awards. Pixar’s Finding Nemo made the short list, which was announced yesterday. The CG family adventure/comedy will sound off against Miramax’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1, which features a lengthy anime sequence by Production I.G., Warner Bros.’ The Last Samurai, New Line’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Twentieth Century Fox’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Universal’s Seabiscuit.

Ten-minute clip reels from each of the seven films will be screened for the Sound Editing Award Committee on January 20. The members will then vote on these films for Oscar consideration. The outcome of this vote will result in the following options: 1) if two or three productions receive the required votes they will become the nominated films in the Sound Editing category; 2) if only one film receives the required votes it will be recommended to the Academy Board of Governors for a Special Achievement Award; or 3) if no film achieves the required votes, no award for 2003 will be given in the category.

If nominees are selected they will be announced along with nominations in 23 other categories on Tuesday, January 27, at 5:30 a.m. PST.

The 76th Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 29 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST.