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'Dreamgirls,' 'Iwo Jima' sound winners

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- "Letters from Iwo Jima," which tells of the World War II battle from the Japanese viewpoint, won the sound editing Oscar at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

"Thank you to my father and all the brave and honorable men and women in uniform," said Bub Asmun during his acceptance speech. "You have defended our personal freedoms and liberty no matter what the sacrifice."

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The sound mixing Academy Award was won by Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton for the musical "Dreamgirls."

The "Dreamgirls" win kept sound mixer Kevin O'Connell's dubious honor intact -- he walked away empty-handed for the 19th time in the sound mixing category after being nominated for his work on "Apocalypto."

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