Mike Hopkins (sound editor)

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Mike Hopkins
Born Michael Alexander Hopkins
(1959-08-12)12 August 1959
Greytown, Wellington, New Zealand
Died 30 December 2012(2012-12-30) (aged 53)
near Greytown, Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Sound editor
Awards Academy Award for Best Sound Editing (2002 & 2005)

Michael Alexander "Mike" Hopkins (12 August 1959 – 30 December 2012) was a New Zealand sound editor. Hopkins and American Ethan Van der Ryn shared two Academy Awards for best sound editing on the films The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and King Kong. The pair were also nominated for their work on the 2007 film Transformers.

Hopkins died on 30 December 2012 after the raft he was in capsized in a flash flood on the Waiohine River, near his hometown of Greytown.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Wairarapa Police name Waiohine River victim". New Zealand Police. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Oscar winner drowns in rafting accident". Television New Zealand. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Oscar-winning sound editor drowns". Fairfax Media (via Stuff.co.nz). 31 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 

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