Oscar's biggest loser KEVIN O'CONNELL had a double reason to feel low the day of the Academy Awards - he was nursing his dying mother, who passed away just after the telecast. APOCALYPTO sound mixer KEVIN O'CONNELL found out he'd missed out on an Oscar for the 19th time on Sunday night (25FEB07), but he had more pressing personal matters on his mind. The multi-nominee attended the Oscar ceremony, but left right after his category was announced and raced to the hospital to check on his ailing mother. In a statement released to website GoldDerby.com, O'Connell says, "My mother SKIPPY passed away on Sunday night right after the Oscars. I was holding her in my arms when she died."