Tony Scott never won an Oscar. He was never nominated, probably never came close. Critics frequently derided his movies for emphasizing style over substance, but audiences –- and often those working in the industry -– recognized that style as formidable, beautiful and, at its height, groundbreaking.
Scott’s last movie, the 2010 runaway train thriller “Unstoppable,” represented the high craft that the late director could capably summon and deliver. It received a deserved Oscar nomination for sound editing. It also won recognition from several other groups, most notably the Motion Picture Sound Editors, an organization that consistently honored his work. Scott’s films may have often skimped on plot and character development, but they always looked and sounded fantastic. The man knew a thing or two about presentation, which put him ahead of the majority of his peers.