William Nicholson (sound engineer)

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William M. Nicholson (born November 18, 1937) is a sound re-recording mixer at NBC Universal studios in Los Angeles, California. During his lengthy career, he has received numerous awards and nominations, including 5 Emmy awards, 22 Emmy nominations, 2 Cinema Audio Society nominations, and an Academy Award nomination for Martin Scorsese's 1980 film Raging Bull. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Biography[edit]

Nicholson was born in San Antonio, Texas and grew up in McLean County, Illinois. After serving in the Army in post-World War II Europe, he moved to Los Angeles and took a job as a rent boy, eventually working his way up to sound mixer. After working on feature films for Warner Hollywood Studios,[1] he moved to Todd-AO/Glen Glenn in the early 1980s to do television post-production. In 1998 he began work on Dubbing stage 2 at Universal Studios. While there, aside from many other projects, he has mixed all but three of the shows in Dick Wolf's 18-year-old Law & Order franchise.

Interestingly, after moving away from full-length feature films to work in television, Nicholson's old job was taken by Kevin O'Connell, the person with the most Academy Award nominations (19) without a win.

He currently lives with his wife Barbara in Glendale, California.

Awards and Nominations [2][3][edit]

Oscars[edit]

Emmys[edit]

  • 1982 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Individual Achievement - Children's Programming, Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1982)
  • 1982 Emmy award, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, Hill Street Blues, for episode "Personal Foul"
  • 1983 Emmy award, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, Hill Street Blues, for episode "Trial By Fury"
  • 1983 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, Cagney & Lacey, for episode "Recreational Use"
  • 1983 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, St. Elsewhere, for episode "The Count"
  • 1984 Emmy award, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, Hill Street Blues, for episode "Parting is Such Sweep Sorrow"
  • 1984 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, Cagney & Lacey, for episode "Bounty Hunter"
  • 1984 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, Hill Street Blues, for episode "Praise Dilaudid"
  • 1985 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, St. Elsewhere, for episode "Sweet Dreams"
  • 1985 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, Hill Street Blues, for episode "Queen For a Day"
  • 1985 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, Hill Street Blues, for episode "The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall"
  • 1985 Emmy award, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, Cagney & Lacey, for episode "Heat"
  • 1986 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special, Newhart, for episode "Larry's Dead, Long Live Larry"
  • 1986 Emmy award, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series, St. Elsewhere, for episode "Iced Coffey"
  • 1986 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series, Hill Street Blues, for episode "Time Heals, part 2"
  • 1987 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series, Crime Story, for pilot episode
  • 1987 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series, Hill Street Blues, for episode "It Ain't Over Till it's Over"
  • 1988 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Dramatic Miniseries or a Special, Foxfire
  • 1997 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series, Law & Order, for episode "D-Girl"
  • 1999 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series, Law & Order, for episode "Empire"
  • 2000 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series, Law & Order, for episode "Gunshow"
  • 2001 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Series, Law & Order, for episode "School Daze"
  • 2001 Cinema Audio Society nomination, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Series, Law & Order, for episode "Standoff"
  • 2002 Cinema Audio Society nomination, Outstanding Sound Mixing for Television - Series, Law & Order, for episode "Soldier of Fortune"

List of films and television shows worked on [5][6][edit]

[incomplete listing]

Films[edit]

Television series[edit]

Television films[edit]

  • Rascals & Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn (1982)
  • The Lightship (1986)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin (1989)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen (1990)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo (1992)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Heartbroken Bride (1992)
  • Ladykiller (1992)
  • In the Company of Darkness (1993)
  • Blindsided (1993)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (1993)
  • For the Love of My Child: The Alissa Ayala Story (1993)
  • Caught in the Act (1993)
  • The Disappearance of Christina (1993)
  • Children of the Mist (1993)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host (1993)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss (1993)
  • The Haunting of Seacliff Inn (1994)
  • A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (1994)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (1994)
  • Don't Talk to Strangers (1994)
  • Out of Annie's Past (1995)
  • A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester (1995)
  • Evil Has a Face (1996)
  • Exiled (1998)
  • Haley Wagner, Star (1999)
  • Horse Sense (1999)

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