The Motion Picture Sound Editors ended this year’s long awards season on a high note last week when it hosted a special in-person reception for this year’s Golden Reel winners, which marked the group’s first major in-person event in two years.
The event was held on March 26 — nearly two weeks after the 69th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards — at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, where this year’s winning sound editors were presented with gold GRA statuettes and joined by colleagues in celebrating their shared craft.
The event was a relaxed and intimate affair that carried a jubilant mood given that it was a reunion for many members, who were eager to mix it up with their colleagues after the past two years.
“It was a special night and a wonderful way to reconnect with old friends,” said MPSE President Mark Lanza. “Our board organized this event to recognize the fantastic work performed by our members and end the year on a high note.”
Among those in attendance were Supervising Sound Editor Mark A. Mangini, winner of the 2022 Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature – Effects/Foley for Dune (shared with Supervising Sound Editor Theo Green; Sound Designer Dave Whitehead; Sound Effects Editors Phil Barrie, Lee Gilmore, Greg ten Bosch, Bob Kellough, and Piero Mura; Foley editor Christopher Bonis; and Foley artists Andy Malcolm, Goro Koyama and Sandra Fox).
The following night, Mangini won the Academy Award for Best Sound, which marked his second Oscar.
Also on hand were the sound teams from West Side Story, Infinite, The Underground Railroad, Only Murders in the Building, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Call of Duty, Love Death + Robots, Arcane, Cliff Walkers, and other award-winning projects.
The 69th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony was held as a fully virtual event on Friday, March 13. Sound editors and others from around the world came together in a spectacular virtual event space inspired by real-life locations in New York and Mexico. Highlights of the event included appearances from director Ron Howard, who was honored with the MPSE Filmmaker Award, and Anthony “Chic” Ciccolini III, who was presented with the MPSE Career Achievement Award.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors expect to return to a fully in-person event for the 70th MPSE Golden Reel Awards in 2023.