imgStudio City, CA (December 17, 2013)—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will honor Randy Thom, director of sound design at Skywalker Sound, with its prestigious MPSE Career Achievement Award in February, 2014.

Thom is a two-time Academy Award-winner (The Right Stuff, The Incredibles) and a 14-time Oscar nominee. He began his 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. 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. 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.

“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.”

"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 Motion Picture Sound Editors