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Golden Reel Awards: Hacksaw Ridge Wins Two Top Feature Film Honors

February 20, 2017 | By
Michele Perrone, Kimberly Harris, Justine Angus, Jed Dodge, Robert Mackenzie, Liam Price, Tara Webb

Michele Perrone, Kimberly Harris, Justine Angus, Jed Dodge, Robert Mackenzie, Liam Price, Tara Webb

Hacksaw Ridge captured Golden Reels for Best Sound Editing in Feature Film for both FX/Foley and Dialogue/ADR. Supervising sound editor Robert Mackenzie stated, “This film really is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Everyone put in so much and it really shows.”

La La Land garnered yet another craft award taking Best Sound Editing – Music, Musical Feature. Music editor Jason Rudler thanked his daughter Alexa “who continues to play the soundtrack every morning at our house.”

Warcraft: The Beginning won Best Sound Editing in Feature Film – Music Score. Moana topped the category for Best Sound & Music Editing: Animation – Feature Film. Best Sound & Music Editing: Documentaries – Feature Film went to The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

Westworld took home two trophies in the MPSE television categories. Best Sound & Music Editing: Television Documentary Long Form went to My Beautiful Broken Brain.

Shot using core audio and visual technologies currently defining the future of immersive storytelling and virtual reality, Patrick Osborne’s musical film Pearl, received Best Sound & Music Editing: Special Venue.

Fishwitch and Icarus tied for the Verna Fields Award In Sound Editing in Student Films. In receiving the award, Icarus supervising sound editor Gerry Vazquez mentioned his Pilipino descent and exclaimed, “This is the American dream!”

The 64th MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony was held on February 19th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. The show was well-produced and moved at a quicker pace than previous years, while still taking the time to honor creative triumphs in sound editing.

In his opening remarks, MPSE president Tom McCarthy expounded on the future, “The horizons for sound are expanding, and new forms of entertainment such as virtual reality are emerging. New distribution channels are propelling the growth of television and gaming. Immersive sound formats including Atmos, Aural, DTSX and IMAX are enriching the theater experience… The future has no boundaries and it is impossible to predict what new challenges will be presented to practitioners of our craft in the years to come.”

Former MPSE President Frank Morrone, Supervising Sound Editor Scott Gershin, Guillermo del Toro, MPSE president Tom McCarthy

Former MPSE President Frank Morrone, Supervising Sound Editor Scott Gershin, Guillermo del Toro, MPSE president Tom McCarthy

Supervising sound editor Scott Gershin presented the Filmmaker Award to Guillermo del Toro, director, producer and writer known for The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim. Introducing the director Gershin commented, “Guillermo keeps pushing the boundaries and looks for every sonic opportunity to better tell his stories.”

Asked about his love of sound del Toro replied, “Sound is the only discipline in film that actually touches you. It actually touches your ear and makes it move. It hits you in the solar plexus with the low frequencies and it can actually alter your rhythm when you’re watching a movie. It’s a very immersive, biologically effecting experience.”

The audience erupted in applause and cheers when del Toro said, “I am Mexican, and in these hard times, the fact that you are giving me this award proves that those barriers people try to erect between us are false.” As the crowd settled down, he referenced the long hours he and his collaborators work, “Because at the end of the day, we are all peers, we are all in this together, and we’re all coming home a little late.”

Zoltan Juhasz (Fishwitch), Gerry Vazquez (Icarus)

Zoltan Juhasz (Fishwitch), Gerry Vazquez (Icarus)

Supervising sound editor Wylie Statemen MPSE and producer Shannon McIntosh introduced 2017 MPSE Career Achievement Award honoree, supervising sound editor and sound designer Harry Cohen, MPSE.

An 18-time MPSE Golden Reel Award nominee, Cohen has contributed to more than 150 movies and television shows, and worked alongside directors, Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Edward Zwick, and Roland Emmerich, among others. Cohen’s event reel consisted of a breathtaking collection of clips from acclaimed films such as Memoirs of a Geisha, the Kill Bill series, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, Lone Survivor, and Deepwater Horizon.

Director Quentin Tarantino made an unannounced appearance to present the trophy to Cohen, his collaborator on six films. After the crowd’s raucous applause abated, Tarantino was succinct, “Well, Harry, this is a wonderful night for you. This is a wonderful night to be here, for us all to take this in. I think you should come up and get your award!”

In the acceptance of his honor, Cohen talked about early aspirations to be a musician and late entry into film sound. Attributing his successes to the guidance he received during his early career, he emphasized the importance of mentoring new talent in the industry.

Harry Cohen MPSE

Harry Cohen MPSE

What Cohen loves about sound is “The ability of sound to tell the story. I started as a musician. When we do a track, we do things like take a train whistle and tune it to the score; put the sound of the train tracks in rhythm to the score, so it doesn’t muddy things up. It just helps tell the story.”

Presenters included Actor Erich Riegelmann, Actress Julie Parker, Avid Technology Director Strategic Solutions Rich Nevens, Sound Effects Editor Liam Price, Producer and Journalist Geoff Keighley, Formosa Interactive Vice President of Creative Services Paul Lipson, Production Sound Editor and CAS President Mark Ulano, Actress Andrene Ward-Hammond, Supervising Sound Editor Mark Lanza, Supervising Sound Editor Bernard Weiser, Picture Editor Sabrina Plisco, Actor Michael Graham, Technicolor VP, Head of Theatrical Sound Jeff Eisner and Actress Katie Cleary.

 

Full list of winners below:

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: TELEVISION ANIMATION

Albert

Supervising Sound Editor: Jeff Shiffman MPSE

Dialogue Editors: Michael Petak, Anna Adams

Foley Editor: Tess Fournier

Foley Artist: Craig Ng

Music Editor: Brad Breeck

Sound Effects Editors: Jessey Drake MPSE, Tess Fournier, Jeff Shiffman MPSE

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY SHORT FORM

Sonic Sea

Supervising Sound Editor: Trevor Gates

Dialogue Editor: Ryan Briley

Sound Effects Editors: Ron Aston, Christopher Bonis

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY LONG FORM

My Beautiful Broken Brain

Supervising Sound Editor: Nick Ryan

Dialogue Editor: Claire Ellis

Sound Effects Editor: Tom Foster

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: ANIMATION – FEATURE FILM

Moana

Supervising Sound Editor: Tim Nielsen

Supervising Dialogue Editor: Jacob Riehle

Foley Editors: Thom Brennan, Matthew Harrison

Music Editors: Earl Ghaffari, Dan Pinder

Temp Music Editors: Dominick Certo, Tommy Holmes

Sound Effects Editors: Jonathan Borland, Pascal Garneau, Lee Gilmore

Foley Artists: John Roesch, Shelley Roden

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: DOCUMENTARIES – FEATURE FILM

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

Supervising Sound Editor: Pete Horner

Sound Designer: Al Nelson

Sound Effects Editor: Andre Zweers

 

VERNA FIELDS AWARD IN SOUND EDITING IN STUDENT FILMS (TIE)

Fishwitch

Supervising Sound Editor: Zoltan Juhasz

Foley Artist: Zoltan Juhasz

Sound Designer: Zoltan Juhasz

 

Icarus

Supervising Sound Editor: Gerry Vazquez

Sound Designer: Gerry Vazquez

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: COMPUTER EPISODIC ENTERTAINMENT (WEBISODE)

Joyride

Supervising Sound Editor: Charles Deenen

Sound Designer: Csaba Wagner

Sound Effects Editors: Braden Parkes, Ozan Biron

Foley Artist: Rustam Gimadiyev

Sound Editor: Travis Prater

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: GAME CINEMATICS

Gears of War 4

Supervising Sound Editors: Charles Deenen, Csaba Wagner

Sound Designers: Tim Walston, Sam Justice, Crispin Hands

Sound Effects Editors: Braden Parkes, Justin Davey, Chris Diebold, Mike Schapiro, Malte Bieler, Jamey Scott

Foley Editors: Matt Cavanaugh, Colin Hart, George Pereyra, Craig Tomlinson

Audio Director: John Morgan

Audio Lead: Josh Linton

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: DIRECT TO VIDEO ANIMATION

Lego DC Comics Superheroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout

Supervising Sound Editors: Devon Bowman, Rob McIntyre

Supervising Dialogue Editor: Mark A. Keatts

Dialogue Editors: Kelly Foley-Downs, Mike Garcia, Patrick Foley

Foley Editor: Aran Tanchum, Derek Swanson

Foley Artist: Vincent Guisetti

Sound Effects Editors: Evan Dockter, Lawrence Reyes, Marc Schmidt, DJ Lynch

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: DIRECT TO VIDEO LIVE ACTION

The Duel

Supervising Sound Editor: David Barber, MPSE

Dialogue Editor: Micah Loken

ADR Editor: Michael Kreple

Foley Artists: Gonzalo Espinoza, David Kitchens, MPSE

Music Editor: Ben Zarai

Sound Effects Editors: Sean Gray, Ken Skoglund, Steve Urban

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: SPECIAL VENUE

Pearl

Supervising Sound Editor: Jamey Scott

Audio Director: Scot Stafford

Music Editor: Alexis Harte, JJ Wiesler

Sound Designer: Jamey Scott

 

BEST SOUND & MUSIC EDITING: FEATURE FILM – FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The King’s Choice

Supervising Sound Editor: Christian Schaanning

Dialogue Editors: Ingela Jonsson, Espen Ronning

Foley Artist: Lucas Nilsson

Sound Designer: Christian Schaanning

Sound Effects Editors: Fredrik Dalenfjäll, Erlend Hogstad, Jens Johansson

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN TELEVISION: SHORT FORM – MUSIC SCORE

Stranger Things “Chapter Three: Holly Jolly”

Music Editor: David Klotz

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN TELEVISION: SHORT FORM – MUSIC, MUSICAL (TIE)

Mozart In The Jungle “Now I Will Sing”

Music Editor: Jason Tregoe Newman, Bryant J. Fuhrmann

 

The Get Down “Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice”

Music Editor: Jamieson Shaw

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN TELEVISION: SHORT FORM – DIALOGUE / ADR

Penny Dreadful III “Ebb Tide”

Supervising Sound Editor: Jane Tattersall

Supervising Dialogue Editor: David McCallum

Dialogue Editor: Elma Bello

ADR Editor: Dale Sheldrake, Paul Conway

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN TELEVISION: SHORT FORM – FX/FOLEY

Westworld “Trompe L’Oeil”

Supervising Sound Editors: Thomas E. de Gorter MPSE, Matthew Sawelson MPSE

Foley Editors: Geordy Sincavage, Michael Head

Foley Artists: Tara Blume, Rick Owens MPSE

Sound Designers: Mark R. Allen MPSE, Marc Glassman MPSE

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN TELEVISION: LONG FORM – MUSIC SCORE & MUSICAL

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again

Music Editor: Kevin Bassinson

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN TELEVISION: LONG FORM – DIALOGUE/ADR

The Night Of “Part 1 The Beach”

Supervising Sound Editor: Nicholas Renbeck

Dialogue Editors: Sara Stern, Luciano Vignola, Odin Benitez

ADR Editor: Marissa Littlefield

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN TELEVISION: LONG FORM – FX/FOLEY

Westworld “The Bicameral Mind”

Supervising Sound Editors: Thomas E. de Gorter MPSE, Matthew Sawelson MPSE

Foley Editors: Geordy Sincavage, Michael Head

Foley Artists: Rick Owen MPSE, Tara Blume

Sound Designers: Mark Allen MPSE, Marc Glassman MPSE

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN FEATURE FILM – MUSIC SCORE

Warcraft: The Beginning

Music Editors: Michael Bauer, Peter Myles

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN FEATURE FILM – MUSIC, MUSICAL FEATURE

La La Land

Music Editor: Jason Ruder

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN FEATURE FILM – DIALOGUE / ADR

Hacksaw Ridge

Supervising Sound Editor: Andy Wright

Supervising ADR Editors: Justine Angus, Kimberly Harris

Dialogue Editor: Jed Dodge

ADR Editor: Michele Perrone

 

BEST SOUND EDITING IN FEATURE FILM – FX/FOLEY

Hacksaw Ridge

Supervising Sound Editors: Robert Mackenzie

Foley Editor: Steve Burgess, Alex Francis

Foley Artist: Mario Vaccaro

Sound Effects Editors: Liam Price, Tara Webb, Steve Burgess

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