The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will honor Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky (pictured) with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler and other films is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. He will be presented with the award at the 62nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards, February 15, 2015, in Los Angeles.
The MPSE Filmmaker Award is presented to extraordinary filmmakers who embody the spirit, the vigor and innovation of storytelling. Previous recipients of the award include Brian Grazer, Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee.
MPSE President Frank Morrone described Aronofsky as a master storyteller whose work exhibits a strong creative vision, and bold visual and audio style. “Darren Aronofsky’s films are both challenging and immensely entertaining, as evidenced by their critical acclaim and box office success,” Morrone says. “We are extremely excitied to honor his achievements by selecting him for our prestigious Filmmaker Award.”
Aronofsky says, “One of the first reasons I was inspired to become a filmmaker was the exciting possibilities of experimenting with sound, so it is an incredible feeling to be honored by the MPSE. Sound dreams, sound emotes, and most importantly sound is what often saves my ass.”
Aronofsky’s latest film, Noah, was released to widespread critical praise in March of 2014 and grossed $363 million worldwide. Starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson, it is an adaptation of the story of Noah’s ark. Richard Roeper called it “one of the most dazzling and unforgettable Biblical epics ever put on film.”
Aronofsky’s previous film, Black Swan, won Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress and received four additional nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director. The Wrestler, which appeared in 2008, premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the esteemed Golden Lion, making it only the third American film in history to win this grand prize. The film garnered Academy Award nominations for both Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, and won Golden Globes for Rourke for his iconic performance and for Bruce Springsteen for his original track The Wrestler. Aronofsky’s earlier credits include the acclaimed films The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream and π.
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. Visit the MPSE at mpse.org.