The 80th Annual Academy Awards were held tonight at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. As TrekMovie.com reported last month, nine Star Trek alumni (present and future) were nominated for an Oscar this year including Michael Giacchino, the composer for the new Star Trek film. Of the nine ‘Trek’ nominees only two left with trophies and Giacchino wasn’t one of them. See below for our full coverage including photos from the show and Trek celebs spotted at Oscar weekend events.
Maybe next time Mike
Giacchino, who was up for Best Original Score for the animated Ratatouille, had been on a winning streak lately. He recently nabbed a Grammy and an Annie, but tonight wasn’t his night. Mike lost out to Atonement‘s Dario Marianelli. It should be noted, though, that veteran Trek composer Jerry Goldsmith had sixteen Best Score nominations (including one for Star Trek The Motion Picture) but only a single win (his ninth nomination, for The Omen). Trek vet James Horner won his sole Oscar (Best Song for Titanic) on his fourth of six nominations. So Giacchino is in good company. Let’s hope 2 years from now he takes home the gold for Star Trek.
Star Trek The Motion Picture alumni honored
The two Trek alumni who won Oscars this year were both members of the production team on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Robert Elswit, who was a visual effects photographer on TMP, won the Best Achievement in Cinematography award for There Will Be Blood. Mike Fink, a miniature and props man on TMP, won for his visual effects in The Golden Compass. They join the ranks of several other TMP production members who have won Oscars, including director Robert Wise, visual effects maestro John Dykstra, and the aforementioned Jerry Goldsmith. The two Oscar winners were not the only TMP alumni honored at the ceremony; production designer Harold Michelson, who received an Oscar nomination for his work on TMP and who died March of last year, was among those featured in the show’s In Memoriam segment (the ‘clip’ shown with Michelson was the launching of the refit 1701 in TMP). The only other Trek veteran who made the memoriam list was First Contact & Insurrection makeup artist Monty Westmore.
Visual effects artist Michael L. Fink (at the mic), along with Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris, Trevor Wood win for "The Golden Compass"
Cinematographer Robert Elswit picks up an Oscar for "There Will Be Blood"
The Academy remembers the late Harold Michelson
Several of the presenters at the Oscars were actors whose names have popped up in connection with the new Star Trek movie. Alias actress Jennifer Garner, who wants to be Klingon, presented the first award of the evening (Best Achievement in Costume Design). Also presenting awards were Attonement‘s James McAvoy (who was rumored to be a contender for the role of Scotty) and Mission: Impossible III‘s Keri Russell (who really was up for a role). The only actual Trek alum to present an award, however, was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the former pro-wrestler who appeared in the Voyager episode “Tsunkatse.”
Garner as presenter…for god’s sake JJ make her a Klingon!
Oscar’s past Trek connections
Although Trek itself has received zero Academy Awards, a few of the films have received nominations. TMP was up for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, and Best Visual Effects; Voyage Home earned nods for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing; Undiscovered Country was nominated for Makeup and Sound Effects Editing; and First Contact was up for Best Makeup. In addition, dozens of Trek alumni have received honors from the Oscars for non-Trek work, including four wins for acting (Star Trek: Insurrection‘s F. Murray Abraham for Amadeus, DS9’s Louise Fletcher for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, VOY: “Resistance” guest star Joel Grey for Cabaret, and TNG’s Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost).
Trek Celebrity sightings over the Oscar weekend
Writer Brad Bird (L) and composer Michael Giacchino attends The Belvedere Luxury Lounge in honor of the 80th Academy Awards featuring the Ilori Luxury Sunglass Suite, held at the Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California
J.J. Abrams arrives to the US-Ireland Alliance Pre-Academy Awards at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on February 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Zoe Saldana attends the 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party at the Pacific Design Center on February 24, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.
Actress Zoe Saldana arrives at the 2008 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 23, 2008 in Santa Monica, California.
Actor Bruce Greenwood at the ELLE Green Lounge at Film Independent’s 2008 Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 23, 2008 in Santa Monica, California.
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