Monday, February 21, 2011

MPSE Awards 2011: Walter Murch



Here the speech by Walter Murch recipient of the Career Achievement Award on the MPSE awards 2011. And who better that his old friend George Lucas to give him the price. Here the note from  Soundworks Collection.


Each year the MPSE presents the MPSE GOLDEN REEL AWARDS, in which we acknowledge the year’s best work in the various areas of sound editing: Dialogue & ADR, Effects & Foley, and Music.
2011 MPSE Career Achievement Award Recipient: WALTER MURCH
Walter Murch has been honored by both British and American Motion Picture Academies for his picture editing and sound mixing. In 1997, Murch received an unprecedented double Oscar for both film editing and sound mixing on The English Patient (A. Minghella), as well as that year’s British Academy Award for best editing. Seventeen years earlier, he had received an Oscar for best sound for Apocalypse Now (F. Coppola), as well as British and American Academy nominations for his picture editing. He also won a double British Academy Award in 1975 for his film editing and sound mixing on The Conversation (F.Coppola), was nominated by both academies in 1978 for best film editing for Julia ( F. Zinnemann), and in 1991 received two nominations for best film editing from the American Academy for the films Ghost (J.Zucker) and The Godfather Part III (F. Coppola). In 2004, for the film Cold Mountain (A. Minghella), he received a ninth Academy Nomination. for Film Editing, as well as British Academy nominations for Film Editing and Sound Mixing.
Murch also directed and co-wrote – with Gill Dennis – the film Return to Oz, released in 1985.
Among Murch’s other credits are: picture editing for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (P. Kaufman), Romeo is Bleeding (P. Medak), The Talented Mr. Ripley (A. Minghella), K-19: The Widowmaker (K. Bigelow), Jarhead (Sam Mendes), Youth Without Youth (F.F. Coppola) and Tetro (F. F. Coppola).
Most recently, he has directed an episode of Clone Wars for Lucasfilm Animation, and is currently editing Hemingway & Gellhorn for Phil Kaufman.
He has also been involved in film restoration, notably Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil (1998), Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now Redux (2001), and the Edison-Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894).
Murch was also sound effects supervisor for The Godfather (F. Coppola), and responsible for sound montage and re-recording on THX-1138 (G. Lucas), American Graffiti (G. Lucas), and The Godfather Part II (F. Coppola) as well as being re-recording mixer on all of the films for which he has also been picture editor.

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