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MPSE to Honor Brian Grazer, Walter Murch at Golden Reel Awards

The Motion Picture Sound Editors organization announces that Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer will receive the 2011 MPSE Filmmaker Award, while renowned sound designer and editor Walter Murch will receive the 2011 MPSE Career Achievement Award. The pair will be honored at the 58th annual 2011 Golden Reel Awards ceremony to be held in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Brian Grazer

“Our members are editing professionals who want to raise awareness of what a motion-picture soundtrack is capable of doing to support the art of motion pictures,” states MPSE president Bobbi Banks. Nominees for this year’s Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards include leading proponents of the art of sound editing, music editing and sound design from around the world.

Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. Over the years, his films and television shows have been nominated for a total of 43 Oscars and 131 Emmy Awards. Grazer has also been honored with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award, ShoWest’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce recognized Grazer in 1998 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some of his film and TV credits include A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code, Friday Night Lights, Arrested Development and 24.

Walter Murch

Both the British and American Motion Picture Academies have honored Walter Murch for his picture editing and sound mixing. In 1997, he received an unprecedented double Oscar for both film editing and sound mixing on The English Patient, as well as that year’s British Academy Award for best editing. Seventeen years earlier he had received an Oscar for best sound for Apocalypse Now, as well as British and American Academy nominations for picture editing. He also won a double British Academy Award in 1975 for film editing and sound mixing on The Conversation. Murch also directed and co-wrote Return To Oz, released in 1985.

“Each year the MPSE’s Golden Reel Awards acknowledge the year’s best work in the various areas of sound editing for dialog and ADR, effects and Foley and music,” Banks says. “We are also extremely proud to award Brian Grazer with our Filmmaker Recipient, and to honor Walter Murch as our Career Achievement Recipient.”

Active MPSE members vote in the general nomination ballot and may serve on the Blue Ribbon Panels that vote for the final awards.

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