Portrait of a local Grammy voter
Omahan Tom Ware, 54, became a member of the Recording Academy after he was nominated for a Grammy in 2012.
Lady Gaga recorded vocals for her song “You And I” (the one about the “cool Nebraska guy”) at his Ware House Productions studio, so he was nominated alongside 16 others when she got the nod for album of the year.
Ware was an Academy member from 2012 to 2014. He dropped out last year after his wife, who was also his business partner, died of cancer.
“I took the responsibility seriously, and with all the categories, it ended up being a lot of research and time,” he said.
Ware said he pays more attention to the Grammys now, after having been nominated.
“Attending the ceremony, especially the one not seen on TV, reveals so much of the behind-the-scenes, which I have always been fascinated with,” he said.
Portrait of a local Oscar voter
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?”