Los Angeles: Academy has rescinded Greg P Russell’s best sound mixing Oscar nomination for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”. According to the Academy, its board of governors voted to remove the nomination for Russell due to “violation of Academy campaign regulations.”
“The board of governors’ decision to rescind Mr Russell’s nomination was made after careful consideration. The Academy takes very seriously the Oscars voting process and anything — no matter how well-intentioned — that may undermine the integrity of that process,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
The Board determined that Russell’s actions violated a campaign regulation that unequivocally prohibits telephone lobbying. It states that “contacting Academy members by telephone to promote a film or achievement is expressly forbidden, even if such contact is in the guise of checking to make sure a screener or other mailing was received.”
An additional nominee for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” will not be named in his place. Instead, the other named nominees for the film, who had earlier been announced along with Russell, will represent the film. They are Gary Summers, Jeffrey J Haboush and Mac Ruth. Sound mixing is the only category in which the film was nominated. It is competing against sound teams from “Arrival”, “Hacksaw Ridge”, “La La Land” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.