Kathryn Bigelow teamed up with Mark Boal to make one of the most important films of the year. While it was given controversial reception from both the black and white communities (for different reasons, for similar reasons) there is no doubt that what happened that night at the Hotel Algiers was and should always be a bigger story than who made the movie. This will be one of those films people look back at five or ten years from now and will find it mysterious as to why it was not being treated like a bigger deal. Kathryn Bigelow, by her very nature, as with most successful, accomplished powerful women is controversial – just the idea that she would take on any important subject, whether Osama Bin Laden or racist cops – women generally get rougher treatment than their male counterparts. And so it goes. Either way, Bigelow is getting awarded by the MPSE nonetheless.
2018 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 19th
Studio City, California – October 25, 2017 – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will honor Kathryn Bigelow with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of such films as Detroit, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. She will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 18th in Los Angeles.
A trailblazing filmmaker whose work is noteworthy for its emotional depth, arresting visuals and stunning action, Bigelow is the only woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director (in 2010 for The Hurt Locker). “Kathryn Bigelow’s films have that rare quality of challenging our preconceptions by moving us and creating moments of powerful empathy,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “She is a true artist. We are extremely proud to recognize her tireless contributions to our industry and culture with our Filmmaker Award.”
Past recipients of the MPSE Filmmaker Award include Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.
“Collaboration with the sound editor is a gratifying and inspiring time in the post process,” said Bigelow. “It is the moment that the film wraps itself around you, revealing its final form. I am honored to receive this award from my colleagues in sound editing.”