Sam Raimi to Be Honored by Motion Picture Sound Editors

Sam Raimi A Prophet
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The Motion Picture Sound Editors has selected Sam Raimi as this year’s recipient of its annual filmmaker award.

He will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony on Feb. 27 in Los Angeles. Raimi is best known for directing the first three “Spider-Man” movies.

MPSE President Frank Morrone said Raimi embodies the spirit of filmmaking.

“Sam Raimi has been the creative force behind some of the most popular, entertaining and scariest films of our time,” Morrone said. “He has been a major influence on other filmmakers the world over. We are very pleased to honor his work and many contributions to the entertainment industry.”

Past recipients of the MPSE Filmmaker Award include Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.

“My career as a director began with a low-budget horror picture that relied heavily on sound to compensate for what we couldn’t afford to show on camera,” Raimi said. “As it turns out, in cinema, some of the most powerful moments are induced not by what we see, but by what we hear. I’m incredibly grateful to the MPSE for this honor, and I am humbled to be joining such an outstanding class of past honorees.”

Raimi gained notice in 1982 with “The Evil Dead,” followed by “Crimewave,” the sequel “The Evil Dead 2,” “Darkman” and “Army of Darkness” — the third film in the “Evil Dead” series. He also directed “The Quick and the Dead,” “A Simple Plan,” the baseball drama “For the Love of the Game,” “The Gift” and “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

Raimi is also the founder of Renaissance Pictures and currently producing the television series “Ash vs Evil Dead.”

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  1. At first, I was thinking that Sam Raimi was the writer, director of Mr. Robot, and then I realized it was Sam Esmail and Raimi Malek I was thinking of. Not a revelation, just a bit of irony.

  2. CalJH says:

    Such an under-appreciated filmmaker. Yes, he got a shot at a major franchise with Spiderman (and nailed it), but it still seems like not enough people take him seriously. I think many view him as a genre guy, but he adapts his style to his subject beautifully.

    “For Love of the Game”, for example, is a perfect baseball film whose tone matches the “perfect game” around which it revolves. It moves as slowly and deliberately as a baseball game without sacrificing dramatic tension. The movie audience realizes the personal stakes of the game at the same rate that the fictional sports fans realize the historic stakes of the game.

    Contrasting Raimi’s slower-paced dramas with his action films and his high-gloss visual work with his unabashed camp, one can see just how talented and versatile he is. Plus, his resourcefulness, ingenuity, and perseverance in his early filmmaking years is inspiring.

  3. benzgott says:

    Raimi gained notice in 1982 with “The Evil Dead,” followed by “Crimewave,” the sequel “The Evil Dead 2,” “Darkman” and “Army of Darkness” — the third film in the “Evil Dead” series. He also directed “The Quick and the Dead,” “A Simple Plan,” the baseball drama “For the Love of the Game,” “The Gift” and “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

    I think you skipped 3 Spider-Man movies before Oz. Weird, that’s why most people know him.

  4. Holden Caulfield says:

    Who are you? I’m Spider-Man!

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