Singaporean sound editor, re-recording mixer and audio engineer, Ai-Ling Lee has been nominated for two Oscars for her work in the hugely successful musical film La La Land.
She and Mildred Iatrou Morgan are jointly nominated for Best Sound Editing, making her the first Asian woman to be nominated in sound editing. They are also the first female team to be nominated in a category traditionally dominated by men.
38-year-old Lee is also in the running for Best Sound Mixing with Andy Nelson and Steve A. Morrow.
According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Lee grew up watching movies with an audiophile father with a great home theatre. She moved to Los Angeles in 1998. “I was amazed at how much the sound helps heighten the experience and helps bring the audience into the world of the film,” she recalled in one interview.
Lee’s previous sound work includes blockbusters such as Spider-Man 2 (2004), Tangled (2010), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Deadpool (2016).