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Sound editing: 'The Incredibles'

Randy Thom and Michael Silvers

"Certain Academy Awards like sound and visual effects and editing are sometimes referred to as technical awards," said Randy Thom when accepting his award. "They're not technical awards. They're given for artistic decisions. And sometimes we make them better than others, and I guess we made a couple of good ones on this one."

His co-winner in the category, Michael Silvers, said simply, "I'd like to share this with my superheroes, the sound editing crew."

Just as in the sound mixing category, Thom was nominated for his work on both "The Incredibles" and "The Polar Express." For "The Polar Express" he was nominated with Dennis Leonard.

Thom's career total of nominations is 12, starting with "The Right Stuff" in 1983.

Silvers had previously been nominated for his work on "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters, Inc."

For "The Incredibles," the sound-editing team frequently had to invent sound effects based largely on the descriptions of director Brad Bird.

Also nominated was Paul N.J. Ottosson, receiving his first nomination for his work on "Spider-Man 2."

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