MPSE Randy Thom

The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor Randy Thom with the Career Achievement Award at the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards, the organization announced today.

The Career Achievement Award recognizes those who have made outstanding achievement in feature film and television sound, and who have set an example for sound editors to come. Thom began his career in 1979, and has since amassed more than 100 film credits. He also serves as director of sound design at Skywalker Sound.

“I am pleased and excited that the MPSE will be honoring Randy Thom with our Career Achievement Award,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “His creative skills and dedication to the importance of sound in the filmmaking process is inspiring.”

Thom will join the ranks of past honorees, including Ben Burtt, Larry Singer, Walter Murch, George Watters II and last year’s recipient, John Roesch.

The first film Thom worked on was “Apocalypse Now,” a job he got after walking in on remix sessions of “American Graffiti,” where he met Murch, Burtt and Mark Berger. Since then, he’s gone on to work on films including “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,” “Coraline,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Ghost in the Shell” and “Ratatouille.”

He also worked on “The Incredibles,” for which he received an Academy Award. He won another for “The Right Stuff” and has been nominated for 12 other Academy Awards, an Emmy and a Grammy.

The MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony will be held on Feb. 16 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in downtown L.A.

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