Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards Slated for
February 16

Studio City, California – December
16, 2013 – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will
be honoring Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, with its
prestigious MPSE Career Achievement Award. Thom is a two-time Academy
Award-winner (The Right Stuff, The Incredibles) and a 14-time Oscar
nominee. He has contributed to more than 100 films as a sound designer and
re-recording mixer. He will receive the award  at the 61ST MPSEGolden Reel Awards ceremony held on February 16, 2014, at the Westin
Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles, CA.

“I am pleased and excited that the MPSE will be honoring Randy Thom with
our Career Achievement Award,” says MPSE President, Frank Morrone. “His
creative skills and dedication to the importance of sound in the filmmaking process
is inspiring. Please join us in recognizing and celebrating Randy for
excellence in the craft and his impressive achievements.”
“I am humbled, and deeply
gratified to be receiving the MPSE Career Achievement Award,” stated Randy
Thom. “It goes without saying that a very large part of the honor is shared
with the wonderful sound editors, mixers, designers, assistants, and others
with whom I’ve collaborated.  They’ve often made me look, and sound,
better than I was.  Part of the honor goes to Skywalker Sound, as
well. There is no better place to work in our industry.”
Randy Thom
The Career Achievement Award
recognizes those that have distinguished themselves by meritorious works as both
an individual and fellow contributor with outstanding achievements in ‘the art
of sound’ for feature film and television as well as setting an example of
excellence for others to follow. Randy’s diverse works and his incredible
tenacity in championing the craft merit this recognition. The prestigious
company of this honor, most recently include Ben Burtt, Larry Singer, Walter
Murch, George Watters II, and John Roesch, 2013’s recipient.
Randy Thom is Director of
Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, but still spends most of his time working on
movies.  Randy began his astonishing career in 1979 walking-in on the
re-mix sessions of American Graffiti when
he introduced himself to Walter Murch, Ben Burt and Mark Berger. This event
turned into his first film work when he was hired as a sound effects recordist
on Apocalypse Now. Randy moved on to
work in a wide variety of creative capacities within the sound department
spanning over one hundred films. Randy’s approach to designing and turning
motion picture sound into art begins before the film has started shooting by
helping the director open doors to sound in the script.  He is the foremost advocate for the idea that
sound ideas should affect creative decisions in the other crafts, just as they
affect sound.
Additional credits include Return of the Jedi, Never Cry Wolf, Wild at Heart,
Forrest Gump, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Thin Blue Line, War of
the Worlds
, Coraline, How To Train Your Dragon, Ghost in the Shell, and Ratatouille.  
He has worked with a diverse list
of directors, including Francis Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Bob
Zemeckis, David Lynch, John Waters, Errol Morris, Henry Seleck, Peter Jackson,
Brad Bird, and Chris Wedge.   
Randy has been nominated for
fourteen Oscars, an Emmy, and a Grammy.   He has received two Oscars: one
for The Right Stuff, and one for The Incredibles.
About MPSE
Founded in 1953, the Motion
Picture Sound Editors is a non-profit organization of professional sound and
music editors who work in the motion pictures and television industry. The
organization’s mission is to provide a wealth of knowledge from award winning
professionals to a diverse group of individuals, youth and career professionals
alike; mentoring and educating the community about the artistic merit and
technical advancements in sound and music editing; providing scholarships for
the continuing advancement of motion picture sound in education; and helping to
enhance the personal and professional lives of the men and women who practice
this unique craft.
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