Just one day before the 89th annual Academy Awards, the Governors Board has disqualified one of the four sound mixers of Michael Bay’s war film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi” from a nomination.
Greg P. Russell, who worked on the film and was up for the award, has been removed from the list of sound mixing nominees for an alleged violation of Academy campaign regulations.
Russell had called fellow members of the sound branch during the nominations phase to make them aware of his work on the film – a direct violation of campaign regulations that prohibit telephone lobbying.
The Academy’s board of governors voted on Thursday to act upon the recommendation of the sound branch executive committee. An additional nominee from the film will not replace Russell.
Three other mixers from the film – Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth – remain in contention for the award and are up against crews from “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “La La Land” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.