Best Achievement in Sound Mixing…
…and the Oscar goes to…the team of Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for their work on Hacksaw Ridge the story of American soldier and conscientious objector Desmond Doss.
The story of Desmond Doss was a familiar one to me and the Mel Gibson film certainly did not disappoint. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Desmond Doss served his country but refused to carry a weapon. For his actions in saving the lives of 75 infantrymen during the Battle of Okinawa at the Maeda Escarpment (Hacksaw Ridge) Doss was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award for gallantry in the United States of America.
Doss’ story reminds me of another well known Great War soldier who would not take up arms, but served his unit, like Doss, as a combat medic. William Harold Coltman was awarded the Military Medal and Bar, the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Bar as well as the Victoria Cross.
…oh so many stories one could tell.