Portrait of a local Oscar voter

Mike Hill

Omahan Mike Hill, 66, won an Academy Award for editing "Apollo 13" and has been nominated three other times. With that record, he's an eligible Oscar voter for life.

He enjoys the process. Each year in December, he's sent a bunch of screeners and watches as many as he can. He then casts his ballot in the editing category and votes for his best picture choices.

Now he gets to vote for the winners. He's got a few weeks left to decide.

"I haven't decided who I'm going to vote for yet," Hill said. "It's a good field."

"Sicario" was one of his favorites of the year, and he wished that could have scored a best picture nod. But he was pleased to see "Spotlight," "The Big Short" and "The Revenant" make the cut.

"Oh," he said, "and 'Creed' was very good. And that didn't get in, did it?"

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