2017 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 19th 

Studio City, California –  The Motion
Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will honor Guillermo del
Toro with its annual Filmmaker Award. The acclaimed director of such films as Hellboy (2004), Pan’s
 (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), Crimson Peak (2015)
and the forthcoming The Shape of Water is
being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. He
will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 19th
in Los Angeles.
A master of horror,
fantasy and science fiction, del Toro is a prolific and endlessly fascinating
director, whose accomplishments also extend to screenwriting and producing.
“Guillermo del Toro’s relentless imagination and energy provide inspiration to
all of us in the entertainment industry,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “He
is constantly surprising, challenging and delighting audiences worldwide. We
are extremely proud to recognize his contributions to our industry and culture
with our Filmmaker Award.”
Guillermo del Toro

Past recipients of the MPSE Filmmaker Award include Sam
Raimi, Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg,
Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.

and narratively, sound and image fuse in the cinematic experience,” said del
Toro. “I have spent as much time on the mixing board as I have on a 
stage, shooting or in a color correction suite grading the final film. To
paraphrase Mark Twain: ‘The difference between the almost right sound and the
right sound ‘tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning’ 
I am thus delighted and honored to receive this award from my colleagues and
partners in the storytelling experience.”
Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Early in his
career, he worked as a special effects makeup designer and made a number of
short films. His first feature, Cronos,
appeared in 1993. He has since directed a wide variety of films, from comic
book adaptations (Blade II, Hellboy) to historical, fantasy and
horror films, two of which are set in Spain in the context of the Spanish Civil
War under the authoritarian rule of Francisco Franco. These two films, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, are among his most
critically acclaimed works.
Additionally, del Toro has produced many successful films
including The Orphanage (2007), Julia’s Eyes (2010), Biutiful (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Puss
in Boots
(2011) and Mama (2013).
His first novel, The Strain, was
published in 2009.
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 picture, television and gaming industries.
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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