Oscars

Kevin O’Connell wins Oscar on 21st try

He did it!

Kevin O’Connell did it!

After being nominated for sound mixing 21 times, O’Connell finally won an Oscar for his work on Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge.”

(He had held the record for most nominations without a win.)

After thanking the director, O’Connell, who has said previsouly that he had written a speech for each of his previous nominations, only to return home empty handed, had a heartfelt note prepared.

“A special thank you tonight to my mother Skippy O’Connell who 39 years ago got me a job in sound,” he said, and recounted what his mom said he could do to thank er. “Some day you go win yourself and Oscar and you can thank me in front of the whole world.”

“Mom I know you’re looking down on me tonight,” O’Connell said. “So thank you.”

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