Nominated Team and Oscar History: * Andy Nelson - 2 wins for Best Sound for Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Best Sound Mixing for Les Miserables (2012); 16 previous nominations for Best Sound for Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988), Schindler's List (1994), Braveheart (1995), Evita (1996), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Thin Red Line (1998), The Insider (1999), Moulin Rouge! (2001), and for Best Sound Mixing for Seabiscuit (2003), The Last Samurai (2003), War of the Worlds (2005), Blood Diamond (2006), Star Trek (2009), Avatar (2009), War Horse (2011), Lincoln (2012) also nominated as part of the team for Star Wars: The Force Awakens * Gary Rydstrom - 7 wins for Best Sound for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Titanic (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998); 10 previous nominations for Best Sound for Backdraft (1991), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Best Sound Mixing for War Horse (2011), Lincoln (2012), Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing for Backdraft (1991), Best Sound Editing for Monsters, Inc. (2001), Minority Report (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), War Horse (2011), and Best Animated Short Film for Lifted (2006)
* Drew Kunin - 1 previous nomination for Best Sound Mixing for Life of Pi (2012)
What Happened, Miss Simone? is the sort of documentary so well-crafted that going into it almost entirely unfamiliar with its subject isn't an obstacle to enjoying it. I went into it with only the broadest of knowledge of Nina Simone's career and was totally captivated by the complex, dynamic, and at times self-destructive woman revealed through archival footage of her on stage and in interviews, and through interviews of those who knew her. While pretty much every award for documentary filmmaking this year went to Amy, this other chronicle of a star who burned bright and self-immolated with fame is just as compelling and as fascinating.
Country: Colombia Director: Ciro Guerra Plot: A 40 year search through the Amazon for a sacred healing plant undertaken by a shaman who is the last surviving member of his tribe and two scientists, one German and one American.