But perhaps if Oscar fans knew more about the impressive work behind these nominated films—kind of like how everyone has heard by know that Natalie Portman dropped 20 pounds and trained 8 hours a day for Black Swan—they would become a lot more invested in hearing which film's name is read off that envelope.
We broke down three of the night's most important categories, with the help of two Academy members. Jeffrey Okun, visual effects supervisor for films like The Day the Earth Stood Still and Blood Diamond, and Lon Bender, an Oscar winner for Sound Editing for Braveheart, help explain what exactly is so Oscar-worthy about the films nominated this year for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing:
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