MPSE Names Career Achievement Recipient

George Watters II will be honored at the 59th Annual Golden Reel Awards ceremony as the 2012 MPSE Career Achievement Recipient. The Motion Pictures Sound Editors event will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Sunday, February 19, 2012.
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Hollywood, CA (January 9, 2012)—George Watters II will be honored at the 59th Annual Golden Reel Awards ceremony as the 2012 MPSE Career Achievement Recipient. The Motion Pictures Sound Editors event will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Sunday, February 19, 2012.

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“The significance of sound should not be underestimated,” states MPSE president Bobbi Banks. “The emotional intimacy of the sound experience is enhanced by giving the audience the perception that they are encountering the same state of cognitive consciousness as the characters.”

Nominees for this year’s Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards, to be announced on January 20, include leading proponents of the art of sound editing, music editing and sound design from around the world. The 2012 MPSE Filmmaker Recipient also will be announced later this month.

George Watters II is a two-time Academy Award-winning supervising sound editor, with Oscars in 1990 for The Hunt for Red October, and again in 2001 for Pearl Harbor. He has also earned eight Academy Award nominations, including Top Gun (1986), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Crimson Tide (1995), Armageddon (1998), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest (2006). In addition, Watters is a four-time MPSE winner and has been nominated for three BAFTA Awards. “To me, sound plays such an important part in movies,” he said. “When sound works, it has a lasting contribution.”

“Each year, the MPSE’s Golden Reel Awards acknowledge the year's best work in the various areas of sound editing for Dialogue & ADR, Effects & Foley and Music,” Banks noted. “We are also extremely proud to honor George Watters II 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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