Academy Award for Best Sound Editing

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Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Currently held by Glenn Freemantle for
Gravity (2013)
Official website http://www.oscars.org

The Academy Award for Best Sound Editing is an Academy Award granted yearly to a film exhibiting the finest or most aesthetic sound editing or sound design. The award is usually received by the Supervising Sound Editors of the film, perhaps accompanied by the Sound Designers.

The Sound Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, until 2006 would use a "bake-off" of the best films from the previous year to decide which films should be referred to the full Academy as nominations for the award. In a rule change on June 30, 2006, the bake-off for the Sound Branch was eliminated, and the usual process of a "preferential ballot" submission was instituted.[1]

During certain years, the highest award given for this category may be a "Special Achievement Award", not an Oscar. Academy rules require that a minimum number of films must be nominated in a category for an Academy Award to be granted; when the number of qualifying nominees is insufficient, a Special Achievement Award is granted instead.

This is a list of films that have won or been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Effects (1963–1967, 1975), Sound Effects Editing (1977, 1981–1999), or Sound Editing (1979, 2000–present). See Academy Award for Sound for a corresponding list of winners for Best Sound.

Superlatives[edit]

  • Ben Burtt has received the most wins (4) when you count special achievement as 2 were special achievement awards.
  • Wylie Stateman has the most nominations without a single win, he has been nominated 6 times as of 2014.
  • Richard Hymns has the most nominations (9).

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Note: Ben Burtt and Stephen Hunter Flick both have Special Achievement wins, which they are the only 2 to receive special achievements in this category to also win at least one competing as well. They have been included with there win count. A note is made how many they have without it. Only sound editor to date to have a Special achievement win and has a Oscar nomination in but not to win a competing Oscar in this category is Richard L. Anderson. The Special Achievement Oscar is not counted into the nomination count.

Multiple winners[edit]

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Multiple nominations[edit]

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†=includes special achievement wins. Without them, Ben Burtt has 2 wins, Stephen Hunter Flick has 1.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1960s[edit]

Year Film Sound Editor(s)
1963
(36th)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Walter Elliott
A Gathering of Eagles Robert Bratton
1964
(37th)
Goldfinger Norman Wanstall
The Lively Set Robert Bratton
1965
(38th)
The Great Race Treg Brown
Von Ryan's Express Walter Rossi
1966
(39th)
Grand Prix Gordon Daniel
Fantastic Voyage Walter Rossi
1967
(40th)
The Dirty Dozen John Poyner
In the Heat of the Night James Richard
1968
(41st)
No award given
1969
(42nd)
No award given

1970s[edit]

Year Film Sound Editor(s)
1970
(43rd)
No award given
1971
(44th)
No award given
1972
(45th)
No award given
1973
(46th)
No award given
1974
(47th)
No award given
1975
(48th)
The Hindenburg Peter Berkos
1976
(49th)
No award given
1977
(50th)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Frank Warner
Star Wars Ben Burtt
1978
(51st)
No award given
1979
(52nd)
The Black Stallion Alan Splet

1980s[edit]

Year Film Sound Editor(s)
1980
(53rd)
No award given
1981
(54th)
Raiders of the Lost Ark Ben Burtt and Richard L. Anderson
1982
(55th)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Charles L. Campbell and Ben Burtt
Das Boot Mike Le-Mare
Poltergeist Stephen Hunter Flick and Richard L. Anderson
1983
(56th)
The Right Stuff Jay Boekelheide
Return of the Jedi Ben Burtt
1984
(57th)
The River Kay Rose
1985
(58th)
Back to the Future Charles L. Campbell and Robert Rutledge
Ladyhawke Robert G. Henderson and Alan Robert Murray
Rambo: First Blood Part II Frederick Brown
1986
(59th)
Aliens Don Sharpe
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Mark Mangini
Top Gun Cecelia Hall and George Watters II
1987
(60th)
RoboCop Stephen Hunter Flick and John Pospisil
1988
(61st)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Charles L. Campbell and Louis Edemann
Die Hard Stephen Hunter Flick and Richard Shorr
Willow Ben Burtt and Richard Hymns
1989
(62nd)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Ben Burtt and Richard Hymns
Black Rain Milton Burrow and William Manger
Lethal Weapon 2 Robert G. Henderson and Alan Robert Murray

1990s[edit]

Year Film Sound Editor(s)
1990
(63rd)
The Hunt for Red October Cecelia Hall and George Watters II
Flatliners Charles L. Campbell and Richard C. Franklin
Total Recall Stephen Hunter Flick
1991
(64th)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Gary Rydstrom and Gloria Borders
Backdraft Gary Rydstrom and Richard Hymns
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country George Watters II and F. Hudson Miller
1992
(65th)
Bram Stoker's Dracula Tom McCarthy and David Stone
Aladdin Mark Mangini
Under Siege John Leveque and Bruce Stambler
1993
(66th)
Jurassic Park Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns
Cliffhanger Wylie Stateman and Gregg Baxter
The Fugitive John Leveque and Bruce Stambler
1994
(67th)
Speed Stephen Hunter Flick
Clear and Present Danger Bruce Stambler and John Leveque
Forrest Gump Gloria Borders and Randy Thom
1995
(68th)
Braveheart Lon Bender and Per Hallberg
Batman Forever John Leveque and Bruce Stambler
Crimson Tide George Watters II
1996
(69th)
The Ghost and the Darkness Bruce Stambler
Daylight Richard Anderson and David A. Whittaker
Eraser Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
1997
(70th)
Titanic Tom Bellfort and Christopher Boyes
Face/Off Mark Stoeckinger and Per Hallberg
The Fifth Element Mark Mangini
1998
(71st)
Saving Private Ryan Gary Rydstrom and Richard Hymns
Armageddon George Watters II
The Mask of Zorro David McMoyler
1999
(72nd)
The Matrix Dane Davis
Fight Club Ren Klyce and Richard Hymns
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Ben Burtt and Tom Bellfort

2000s[edit]

Year Film Sound Editor(s)
2000
(73rd)
U-571 Jon Johnson
Space Cowboys Bub Asman and Alan Robert Murray
2001
(74th)
Pearl Harbor George Watters II and Christopher Boyes
Monsters, Inc. Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers
2002
(75th)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn
Minority Report Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
Road to Perdition Scott Hecker
2003
(76th)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Richard King
Finding Nemo Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Christopher Boyes and George Watters II
2004
(77th)
The Incredibles Michael Silvers and Randy Thom
The Polar Express Randy Thom and Dennis Leonard
Spider-Man 2 Paul N. J. Ottosson
2005
(78th)
King Kong Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn
War of the Worlds Richard King
Memoirs of a Geisha Wylie Stateman
2006
(79th)
Letters from Iwo Jima Bub Asman and Alan Robert Murray
Apocalypto Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack
Blood Diamond Lon Bender
Flags of Our Fathers Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Christopher Boyes and George Watters II
2007
(80th)
The Bourne Ultimatum Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg
No Country for Old Men Skip Lievsay
Ratatouille Randy Thom and Michael Silvers
There Will Be Blood Christopher Scarabosio and Matthew Wood
Transformers Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn
2008
(81st)
The Dark Knight Richard King
Iron Man Frank E. Eulner and Christopher Boyes
Slumdog Millionaire Tom Sayers and Glenn Freemantle
WALL-E Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
Wanted Wylie Stateman
2009
(82nd)
The Hurt Locker Paul N. J. Ottosson
Avatar Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
Inglourious Basterds Wylie Stateman
Star Trek Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
Up Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

2010s[edit]

Year Film Sound Editor(s)
2010
(83rd)
Inception Richard King
Toy Story 3 Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
Tron: Legacy Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable Mark P. Stoeckinger
2011
(84th)
Hugo Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Drive Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Ren Klyce
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
War Horse Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
2012
(85th)
Skyfall Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty Paul N. J. Ottosson
Argo Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
2013
(86th)
Gravity Glenn Freemantle
All Is Lost Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips Oliver Tarney
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Brent Burge and Chris Ward
Lone Survivor Wylie Stateman
The award was a Special Achievement Award instead of a competitive award.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "79th Oscar Rules, Approved by Academy" (Press release). AMPAS. 2006-06-30.