By Darius KADIVAR
Nominated for Best Sound Editor for Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto at
79th Annual Academy Awards ©Kami
As you all know
the Annual Oscar ceremony is one of the most prestigious nights in Hollywood and broadcast
worldwide. The 79th annual will be held at the famous Kodak Theater on the Feb
25th 2007. Like each year we will see an army of nominees in competition in 24
different categories. If the best director, film, actor and actress categories
are sure to draw most of every movie buff’s adrenaline, it should be noted that
the Academy also awards many of the unknown talents that contribute to the Art
and who are most often behind the scenes in post production for Visual Effects,
Costume Design, Music Score, Screenplay or Sound Edition to name a few.
This year the
Iranian Community is once again being honored thanks to the superb work done on
Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto by Sound Engineer Kami Asgar who has been nominated for
best Sound Edition along with colleague Sean McCormack.
The movie was
co-produced by another Iranian compatriot Farhad Safinia who also co-wrote the
script with Gibson. Interestingly
Kami Asgar had worked with Gibson on the controversial epic The Passion of
the Christ but also with fellow Iranian Kayvan Mashayekh on The
Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam.
Last time another compatriot was
nominated for an Oscar it was Shohreh Aghdashloo for best supporting role in a
House of Sand and Fog in 2003.
Kami Asgar worked for Gibson’s Block Buster epic The
of the Christ and Kayvan Mashayekh’s independent
The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam
The competition will nevertheless be
tough with four other nominees: Blood Diamond, Flags of Our Father’s and Letters
from Iow Jima as well as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
But let’s keep our Fingers crossed
for our national Asgar Jan and stay tuned for an exclusive interview with him in
the near future.
Website : Official Oscar website Ceremony due on Feb 25th
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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance
Journalist, Film Historian and Media Consultant. He lives and works in