The Academy Award Nominations were announced last week and Skywalker Sound received four nominations across the two sound categories.


For Best Sound Editing, Matthew Wood and Dave Acord received the nomination for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  In the category of Best Sound Mixing, Skywalker received three additional nominations:  Gary Rydstrom for Bridge of Spies, Christopher Scarabosio for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Randy Thom for The Revenant.


A big congratulations to all of our nominees and their crews!  The winners will be revealed at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 28.  Best of luck to all!

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The Cinema Audio Society announced it’s nominations this morning, celebrating excellence in sound mixing.  Skywalker Sound received and astounding nine nominations!


In the category of Motion Picture – Live Action, Skywalker received nominations for:

Bridge of Spies: Re-recording Mixer – Gary Rydstrom, Foley Mixer – Chris Manning

The Revenant: Re-recording Mixer – Randy Thom

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Re-recording Mixer – Chris Scarabosio, Foley Mixer – Chris Manning


In the category of Motion Picture – Animated, Skywalker projects received four out of the five category nominations with:

The Good Dinosaur: Re-recording Mixers – Tom Johnson & Michael Semanick, Foley Mixer – Chris Manning

Inside Out: Re-recording Mixers – Tom Johnson & Michael Semanick

Minions: Re-recording Mixers – Gary Rizzo & Chris Scarabosio, Foley Mixer – Corey Tyler

The Peanuts Movie: Re-recording Mixers – Lora Hirschberg, Randy Thom & Leff Lefferts, Foley Mixer – Jason Butler


Re-recording Mixers Nathan Nance and Scott Lewis along with Foley Mixer Corey Tyler were nominated for House of Cards – Chapter 27 in the category of Television Series – 1 Hour.


Scott Lewis was also nominated as the Re-recording Mixer for Keith Richards: Under the Influence in the category of Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials.


Congratulations to all of our nominees!  For more information, including a complete list of nominations, click here.  The winners will be announced at the 52nd annual Cinema Audio Society Awards on February 20 in Los Angeles.


The 2016 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nominations were announced this morning and three Skywalker Sound projects have been nominated.  Bridge of Spies – Gary Rydstrom & Richard Hymns, The Revenant – Randy Thom, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Matt Wood, David Acord and Chris Scarabosio have all been nominated in the category of Best Sound.

Congratulations to you all!  A complete list of nominees can be found here.


Skywalker Sound worked on thirteen projects that will premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  Joshy, The Birth of a Nation, Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Life, Animated, Trapped, Certain Women, Frank & Lola, Resilience, The Blackout Experiments, Yoga Hosers, Too Legit, Cameraperson and Collisions will all be featured at this year’s festival, spanning seven categories.


The 2016 Sundance Film Festival will be held January 21 – 31 in Park City, Utah. For more information, including a complete festival program, click here.


Skywalker Sound is currently in the midst of hosting the Sundance Music & Sound Design Labs here at Skywalker Ranch.  The Feature Lab wrapped up earlier this week and the Documentary Lab kicked off yesterday.


Feature Film Music Lab Composer Fellows included Kris Bowers, Stephanie Economou, Forrest Gray, Fabrizio Mancinelli, Alexander Rudd, and Danielle Schwob.  The Feature Film Directors Lab Fellows were here with the following projects: Yung Chang, writer/director of Eggplant, Matthew Ross, writer/director of Frank & Lola, Marialy Rivas, co-writer/director of La Princesita, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, writer/director of Mustang, Brent Green, co-writer/director of Over the Eaves and Mark Kindred, writer/director of Rogue.  The sound designers/re-recording mixers that participated in the Feature Lab on behalf of Skywalker Sound were Christopher Barnett, Steve Bissinger, Pete Horner, Dennis Leonard, Brandon Proctor, and Kent Sparling.


Documentary Composer Fellows Samora Pinderhughes, Germaine Franco, Christopher North, and Jeremy Turner arrived yesterday and joining them today are Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca, co-directors of Brick, Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, co-directors of Like Ants for Sugar,  Pacho Velez, director of The Reagan Years and Javid Soriano, director of Swing Low.  Skywalker Sound’s Erik Foreman, Pete Horner, Tim Nielsen, and Zach Martin will design and mix for various scenes from these projects.


The Music & Sound Design Lab will wrap next Wednesday evening, July 29.



At this year’s MPSE Golden Reel Awards, three Skywalker Sound projects took home awards.  Big Hero 6 won for Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animated Feature Film.  Star Wars: Rebels also won for Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in TV Animation, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars won for Best Sound for Direct to Video Animation.


Congratulations to everyone for their work on these award-winning shows!