The 66th MPSE Annual Golden Reel Awards were held Sunday evening at a black-tie ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Presented by the Motion Picture Sound Editors, the Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing across 23 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries, games, special venue and other media.
Director, screenwriter and producer Michael Mann presented the 2019 MPSE Filmmaker Award to director Antoine Fuqua (re-recording mixer Steve Pederson and supervising sound editor Mandell Winter introduced the award). Academy Award-winning supervising sound editor Ben Wilkins presented the MPSE Career Achievement Award to supervising sound editor Stephen H. Flick.
The opening address was given by MPSE President Tom McCarthy, we remarked: “We celebrate the creation of entertainment content that people will enjoy for generations to come. As new formats appear and new ways to distribute content are developed, we need to continue to excel at our craft and provide exceptional soundtracks that heighten the audience experience.”
Presenters included actors Edward James Olmos, Kirsten Vangsness, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Libe Barer; filmmakers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord; production mixer and President of the Cinema Audio Society Mark Ulano; Leveraging UP! author Stacy Milner; Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentorship Alliance board member Fabienne Rawley; Hollywood Reporter “Below the Line” editor Carolyn Giardina; Netflix partner engagement exec Frances Chu-Fong; MPSE board member (China) Shasha Dong and MPSE board member (India) Resul Pookuty.
Select category winners below. Visit mpse.org for more information.
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Animation Short Form
Overwatch “Reunion” Blizzard Entertainment
Supervising Sound Editor: Paul Menichini, MPSE | Audio Lead: Caroline Hernandez, MPSE | Sound Designers: Alexander Ephraim, MPSE, Harry Cohen, MPSE, JP Walton | Sound Effects Editors: Christopher Battaglia, MPSE, John Thomas | Dialogue Editors: Isaac Hammons, Christopher Cody Flick | Foley Editor: Gary Coppola, MPSE | Foley Artist: Gregg Barbanell, MPSE | Supervising Music Editor: Derek Duke | Music Editors: Adam Burgess, Sam Cardon | Scoring Editor: John Kurlander
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Animation Long Form
Supervising Sound Editors: David Acord, Steve Slanec | Sound Effects Editors: Kimberly Patrick, Pascal Garneau | Dialogue Editors: Qianbaihui Yang | Foley Artists: Ronni Brown, Margie O’Malley | Foley Editors: Jim Likowski, Ryan Frias, Richard Gould | Music Editor: Sebastian Zuleta
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Animation
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sony Pictures Entertainment / Marvel
Supervising Sound Editors: Geoffrey Rubay, Curt Schulkey | Sound Designer: John Pospisil | Sound Effects Editors: Kip Smedley, Andy Sisul, MPSE, David Werntz, Christopher Aud, MPSE, Ando Johnson, Benjamin Cook, MPSE, Mike Reagan, Donald Flick | Dialogue Editors: James Morioka, Matthew E. Taylor | Foley Artists: Gary Hecker, MPSE, Michael Broomberg, Rick Owens, MPSE | Foley Editor: Alec Rubay
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Computer Cinematic
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Blizzard Entertainment
Supervising Sound Designer: Paul Menichini, MPSE | Sound Designers: David Farmer, Harry Cohen, MPSE, JP Walton | Sound Effects Editors: Keith Bilderbeck, John Thomas, Alexander Ephraim, MPSE | Audio Lead: Caroline Hernandez, MPSE | Dialogue Editors: Issac Hammons, Christopher Flick | Foley Artist: Gregg Barbanell, MPSE | Foley Editor: Gary Coppola, MPSE | Scoring Editor: John Kurlander | Supervising Music Editor: Derek Duke | Music Editor: Neil Acree
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Computer Interactive Game Play
God of War SIE Santa Monica Studio
Audio Directors: Rob Burns, Nassim Ait-Kaci | Audio Lead: Mike Niederquel | Sound Designers: Chris Clanin, Daniel Birczynski, Mike Maksim, Sam Bird, Roel Sanchez, Karen Waller, Erick Ocampo, TJ Schauer, Jeff Darby, Adam Boyd, MPSE, Michael Finley, Chad Bedell, Patrick Ginn, Emile Mika, Eric Buensuceso, Karen Waller | Dialogue Lead: Leilani Ramirez | Supervising Sound Editor: Shannon Potter | Dialogue Editors: Justin Conmy, Ryan Schaad, Aaron Seiden, Jodie Kupsco, Heather Plunkard | Foley Artists: David Jobe, Dawn Fintor, Alicia Stevenson | Supervising Music Editors: Peter Scaturro, Keith Leary
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Special Venue
Age of Sail Google Spotlight Stories
Supervising Sound Editor: Scot Stafford | Sound Designer: Jamey Scott, MPSE | Sound Effects Editor: Jamey Scott, MPSE | Music Editor: Mark Willsher
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Music Score
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sony Pictures Entertainment
Music Editors: Katie Greathouse, Catherine Wilson