Today Michael Giacchino, the composer of the JJ Abrams Star Trek, has been nominated for an Academy Award for his score of the Disney animated film Ratatouille. The composer has already picked up an Emmy, but this is his first Oscar nomination. He may be following in the footsteps of previous Trek composers Leonard Rosenman, James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith who all have won Oscars.
More Trek Connection Nominations
Giacchino is not the only Trek alum to be nominated for Ratatouille; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock sound effects man Randy Thom is nominated for mixing and editing the film’s sound effects. Many other Trek alumni have been nominated this year, as well. Robert Elswit (an effects photographer for ST:TMP) was nominated for Best Cinematography for There Will Be Blood. TMP makeup artist Ve Neill and veteran Trek effects man John Knoll both received nominations for their work on Pirates of the Cairbbean: At World’s End. And Mike Fink, who created props and miniatures for TMP, was nominated for his visual effects work on The Golden Compass.
The blockbuster Transformers movie written by Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci picked up three nominations (sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects). Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country sound mixer Greg P. Russell and veteran Trek effects man Scott Farrar are among those nominated for Transformer‘s sound mixing and visual effects, respectively. Sharing the sound mixing nomination with Russell is Peter J. Devlin, who is credited on IMDB as the sound mixer for the new Trek film. Although he was nominated for a Golden Globe, previous Oscar-winner and Star Trek Nemesis scribe John Logan did not get a nod from the Academy for his Sweeney Todd script.
For a full list of nominees go to Oscar.com