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Mangini, Jenkins Win Oscars For 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Academy Award night also featured a tribute to Leonard Nimoy

Not even an introduction by Vice President Joe Biden nor a hand-raising rendition of her song by pop superstar Lady Gaga was enough to land Diane Warren an Oscar win in her eighth try. And that seemed to be the story Sunday night for the 17 nominees with Star Trek connections we were watching out for.

Warren, who composed the song that would later be used as the opening theme for "Star Trek: Enterprise" had to watch as Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes won for Original Song for their song, "Writing's on the Wall" from the James Bond film "Spectre."

But it wasn't all disappointment from those nominated. Mark Mangini grabbed an Oscar after four tries for his work in sound editing on "Mad Max: Fury Road." His first Oscar nomination, of course, came in 1987 for "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home."

"For thousands of years, we've been telling stories in the dark, or on the flickering light, whether a campfire or a projector," said Mangini, who shared the award with David White. "David and I do it with sound. ('Fury Road' director) George Miller would tell us 'Mad Max' is a film we see with our ears. I knew sound could tell my story, but nothing quite like this.

"Sound artists are storytellers. Thank you George, I hope to see you around the next campfire."

Mangini has been involved with several Star Trek films in his career, starting with "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and ending with the 2009 film.

"Fury Road" actually took home five awards through the technical categories early on, which also translated into good news for Chris Jenkins and his sound mixing team on the film. Jenkins, who worked on "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," "Star Trek: Generations" and "Star Trek: Nemesis," picked up his first Oscar win since 1993's "The Last of the Mohicans." He shared the award with Greg Rudloff and Ben Osmo.

"To George Miller, you're the heart and soul of all of this," Jenkins said. "Can't say enough about you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us this opportunity."

There were hints of Star Trek throughout the awards ceremony, which was hosted by Chris Rock. The original "Star Trek" theme from Alexander Courage was played to welcome presenters Olivia Munn and Jason Segel to the stage. Also, Leonard Nimoy was remembered during the "In Memoriam" section, sharing a quick scene from the 2009 "Star Trek" film, "I have been, and always shall be, your friend," a line Spock first uttered in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."

That memoriam also included a tribune to composer James Horner, who was behind the music of "Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock." Horner was killed in a plane crash last summer.

To read about the other Trek nominees for the night, including "Nemesis" star Tom Hardy in the supporting actor category, check out our Oscar story right here.

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