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Whiplash sound crew scoop 2014 AMPS award

Future awards will also encompass TV and game audio

The Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS) has bestowed its second award for excellence in sound to Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley for their work on Whiplash. The nominees were revealed earlier this month and also included the leading sound crew members (production sound, rerecording and sound editing) for The Grand Budapest Hotel,Into the Woods, The Imitation Game and Exodus: Gods and Kings (see AMPS reveals nominees for second awards).

“We’re elated to have won,” comments Wilkins (pictured, left, with Mann). “There’s no better feeling than to have hard work appreciated by your peers.”

The film, directed by Damien Chazelle, which stars Miles Teller as a promising student jazz drummer, is also up for an Oscar for best sound mixing (see Oscars 2015: Interstellar, Birdman, American Sniper, Unbroken lead 2015 nominations) and Bafta for best sound.

The Whiplash crew’s awards will be presented at an AMPS event later this year. AMPS members who creatively contributed to the Whiplash soundtrack will also each receive certificates of merit.

Chris Munro, from the AMPS awards group, says: “The AMPS awards group would like to congratulate all the sound professionals that contributed to the sound of Whiplash and wish them luck in both the Bafta and Academy Awards. We’re also very proud to confirm that our ‘excellence in sound’ award is one of the first sound awards to be announced in the season.”

AMPS’s Graham Hartstone adds: “The AMPS award going to Whiplash is particularly significant, as the voting members of AMPS are all experienced professionals who understand the complex challenge posed and the skills required to produce such an impressive soundtrack of this genre.”

The AMPS award programme was created last year in celebration of the AMPS’s 25th anniversary (see The Association of Motion Picture Sound announces inaugural AMPS award). The awards, sponsored by Dolby Europe, will expand “in future years” to include a broader selection of creative sound technicians and encompass TV and game audio.