The work of sound department mixer Bob Beemer simply must be heard to be believed. From his work on such elaborate productions as James Cameron's underwater epic The Abyss to such low-key works as Sommersby (both 1993), Beemer's work is always sure to subtly enhance any film that it accompanies. A Los Angeles native and Loyola Marymount University graduate, Beemer was first nominated for a Best Sound Oscar for his work in the mountainous Sylvester Stallone thriller Cliffhanger (1993). Following the old adage "if at first you don't succeed, try and try again," Beemer did just that, winning the Oscar the following year for his work in Speed. Continuing work on such films as Independence Day (1996) and American Beauty (1999), Beemer returned to the Academy Awards again in 2001 to accept the Best Sound Oscar (along with fellow collaborators Scott Millan and Ken Weston) for his work on Ridley Scott's large-scale Gladiator.