With sound being a key part of movies since “talkies” emerged in the late 1920s, an East Surry High School graduate’s skills in that field have helped “Nomadland” win the Academy Award for best picture.
The name Zach Seivers appears in the long list of credits for “Nomadland” — typical of those accompanying screenings of movies — identifying him as supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer for the production announced as the 2021 Oscar winner Sunday night.
Though the Mount Airy native wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “Nomadland,” Seivers — the son of Michael Seivers of this city — did garner other honors for his sound contributions to the movie that captured three Oscars altogether.
Seivers was the 2021 nominee for outstanding achievement in sound editing for “Nomadland” by another organization, Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA, shared with fellow editor Sergio Diaz.
He and Diaz (and Mike Wolf Snyder posthumously) also were nominees for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for best sound, a CinEuphoria Award for best sound/sound effects-international competition and a Satellite Award in the sound (editing and mixing) category, all…