Sound Editor Randy Thom to be Honored with MPSE’s Career Achievement Award

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Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 16

Studio City, California –

The Motion Picture Sound Editors

(MPSE) today announces that it will be honoring Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, with its prestigious MPSE Career Achievement Award. Thom is a two-time Academy Award-winner (

The Right Stuff


The Incredibles

) and a 14-time Oscar nominee. He has contributed to more than 100 films as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. He will receive the award at the

61ST MPSE Golden Reel Awards

ceremony held on February 16, 2014, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles, CA.

“I am pleased and excited that the MPSE will be honoring Randy Thom with our Career Achievement Award,” says MPSE President, Frank Morrone. “His creative skills and dedication to the importance of sound in the filmmaking process is inspiring. Please join us in recognizing and celebrating Randy for excellence in the craft and his impressive achievements.”

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"I am humbled, and deeply gratified to be receiving the MPSE Career Achievement Award," stated Randy Thom. “It goes without saying that a very large part of the honor is shared with the wonderful sound editors, mixers, designers, assistants, and others with whom I've collaborated. They've often made me look, and sound, better than I was. Part of the honor goes to Skywalker Sound, as well. There is no better place to work in our industry.”

The Career Achievement Award recognizes those that have distinguished themselves by meritorious works as both an individual and fellow contributor with outstanding achievements in ‘the art of sound’ for feature film and television as well as setting an example of excellence for others to follow. Randy’s diverse works and his incredible tenacity in championing the craft merit this recognition. The prestigious company of this honor, most recently include Ben Burtt, Larry Singer, Walter Murch, George Watters II, and John Roesch, 2013’s recipient.

Randy Thom is Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, but still spends most of his time working on movies. Randy began his astonishing career in 1979 walking-in on the re-mix sessions of

American Graffiti

when he introduced himself to Walter Murch, Ben Burt and Mark Berger. This event turned into his first film work when he was hired as a sound effects recordist on

Apocalypse Now

. Randy moved on to work in a wide variety of creative capacities within the sound department spanning over one hundred films. Randy’s approach to designing and turning motion picture sound into art begins before the film has started shooting by helping the director open doors to sound in the script. He is the foremost advocate for the idea that sound ideas should affect creative decisions in the other crafts, just as they affect sound.

Additional credits include

Return of the Jedi


Never Cry Wolf


Wild at Heart


Forrest Gump


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


The Thin Blue Line


War of the Worlds




How To Train Your Dragon


Ghost in the Shell

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He has worked with a diverse list of directors, including Francis Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Bob Zemeckis, David Lynch, John Waters, Errol Morris, Henry Seleck, Peter Jackson, Brad Bird, and Chris Wedge.

Randy has been nominated for fourteen Oscars, an Emmy, and a Grammy. He has received two Oscars: one for

The Right Stuff

, and one for

The Incredibles


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 pictures and television industry. 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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