Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will honor Kathryn Bigelow
with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of such films as Detroit, Zero Dark Thirty and The
Hurt Locker, is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the
art of cinema. She will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards
ceremony February 18th in Los Angeles.
emotional depth, arresting visuals and stunning action, Bigelow is the only
woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director (in 2010 for The Hurt Locker). “Kathryn Bigelow’s films have that rare quality of challenging
our preconceptions by moving us and creating moments of powerful empathy,” said
MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “She is a true artist. We are extremely proud to
recognize her tireless contributions to our industry and culture with our
Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael
Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.
editor is a gratifying and inspiring time in the post process,” said Bigelow.
“It is the moment that the film wraps itself around you, revealing its final
form. I am honored to receive this award from my colleagues in sound editing.”
career, Bigelow studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. She later
became interested in filmmaking and received a scholarship to Columba
University’s graduate film school. Her debut as a feature director came in 1982
with the drama The Loveless
(co-written and co-directed by Monty Montgomery). That was followed by the
features Near Dark (1987), Blue Steel (1989), Point Break (1991), Strange
Days (1995), The Weight of Water
(2000) and K-9: The Widowmaker, as
well as several television projects.
The Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker (2008) won six Academy
Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best
Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. Zero Dark Thirty, which followed in 2012, also achieved widespread
critical and commercial success, and earned Best Director nominations from the
Golden Globes and BAFTA (as well as an Oscar for Best Sound Editing). Her
latest project, Detroit, is a deep
and unsettling portrait of the race riots that gripped that city in 1967. The
Los Angeles Times called it “a picture whose political resonance in the
Black Lives Matter era is fierce and unambiguous.”
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.