Putting the “Audio” in “Audio Visual” with the Golden Reel Awards

To be fair, some great films came out before the advent of sound cinema. Still, when the link between sound and image was formed by the coming of the first “talkies,” the art of moviemaking made a mad dash to achieve levels silent features could only dream of.

A tribute to the value of sound can be seen at many major awards ceremonies in the form of a Best Sound Editing award… but when it comes to something as important as sound, a dedicated awards ceremony is well-deserved. That’s where the Motion Pictures Sound Editors (MPSE) comes in.
A non-profit organization dedicated to spreading knowledge about the art and technology of sound and music editing and providing assistance and support to those who practice it, the MPSE’s annual Golden Reel Awards honors the year’s greatest achievements in sound editing.

Nominees for the 2012 Golden Reel Awards, recently announced, highlight films like The Adventures of Tintin, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Super 8, the last of which received nominations in three categories. In addition, the MPSE has chosen film and television producer Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, “The Walking Dead”) to receive its Filmmaker Award. Supervising sound editor George Watters II (National Treasure, the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy), meanwhile, will be honored with the 2012 MPSE Career Achievement Award.

A complete list of film nominees for the Golden Reel Awards, being held on February 19th in Los Angeles, is below. For more information on the MPSE, and to check out the Golden Reel television nominees, visit www.mpse.org.

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film
Drive
Fast Five
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Sound Editing: Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Cars 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango
Rio
The Smurfs

Best Sound Editing: Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Documentary
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Lemmy
Pearl Jam Twenty

Best Sound Editing: Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Foreign Language Film
Battle of Warsaw 1920
Circumstance
The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Sarah’s Key
The Skin I Live In
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature Film
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hop
Hugo
Priest
Super 8
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Musical Feature Film
Footloose
The Muppets
The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Pina

Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film
Abduction
The Help
Moneyball
Quarantine 2: Terminal
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
War Horse
The Way

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