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Sound editors sing praise

MPSE hand out Golden Reel kudos

The Motion Picture Sound Editors handed out kudos in 16 categories at the 53rd Golden Reel Awards on Saturday at the BevHilton.

Feature film honors in sound editing went to a quintet of pics this year. Golden Reels went to “Walk the Line” for music — musical feature; “Casanova” for music; “Memoirs of a Geisha” for dialogue and automated dialogue replacement; and “War of the Worlds” in the sound f/x and foley category. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” took home the award in the foreign feature film category: sound f/x and foley, dialogue and ADR.

TV nods were separated into two major categories — long- and shortform. Winners for longform were “American Masters: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,” for music; “Lackawanna Blues” for dialogue and ADR; and “Into the West” for sound f/x and Foley. Shortform recipients included two NBC shows: “Medium” for music, and “ER” for sound f/x and foley. Fox’s “House” took home the award for dialogue and ADR.

On the animation front, “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” drew the feature film nod for sound editing, “Family Guy” the TV series nod.

“Ark, the Movie,” took home the direct-to-video plaudit, “Onimusha” for made-for-computer entertainment. “Crooked Mick” was tapped for the Verna Fields award in sound editing for student filmmakers.

Else Blangsted received the career achievement award. Prior to her acceptance of the nod, presented by Dave Grusin, a letter of appreciation by Robert Redford was read. Quincy Jones also expressed congratulations in a videotaped message to Blangsted in which he said, “I cannot think of a more deserving person to receive this award than you, baby.”

Upon accepting her award, the 86-year-old Blangsted thanked the night’s attendees for “coming here to celebrate life” and raised her glass to toast the audience before she took her award back to her seat. Blangsted is the first music editor to have won the coveted honor.

The MPSE saw another first this year — the inclusion of foley artists as Golden Reel recipients.