Academy rescinds Oscar nomination for violation of campaign rules

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Greg P. Russell's best sound mixing Oscar nomination for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi has been rescinded, the Academy announced Saturday.

According to the Academy, its Board of Governors voted on Thursday to remove the nomination for Greg P. Russell, though the film itself remains in contention for Sunday's awards.

Russell's nomination was rescinded due to "violation of Academy campaign regulations."

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The Academy discovered recently that Russell had called members of the Sound Branch to make sure they were aware of his work.

An additional nominee for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi will not be named in his place.

This is the only category in which the film was nominated.

"The Board of Governors' decision to rescind Mr. Russell's nomination was made after careful consideration," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "The Academy takes very seriously the Oscars voting process and anything – no matter how well-intentioned – that may undermine the integrity of that process."

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