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Academy Award for Best Sound Editing

Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Currently held by Alan Robert Murray and
Bub Asman for
American Sniper (2014)
Official website

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 (1963–67, 1975), Sound Effects Editing (1977, 1981–99), or Sound Editing (1979, 2000–present). See Academy Award for Best Sound for a corresponding list of winners for Best Sound.


  • Superlatives 1
  • Multiple wins and nominations 2
    • Multiple winners 2.1
    • Multiple nominations 2.2
  • Winners and nominees 3
    • 1960s 3.1
    • 1970s 3.2
    • 1980s 3.3
    • 1990s 3.4
    • 2000s 3.5
    • 2010s 3.6
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Multiple wins and nominations

Note: Ben Burtt and Stephen Hunter Flick both have Special Achievement wins, which they are the only two to receive special achievements in this category to also win at least one competing as well. They have been included with their win and nomination count. Only sound editor to date to have a Special achievement win and has an Oscar nomination in but not to win a competing Oscar in this category is Richard L. Anderson.

Multiple winners



Multiple nominations









†=includes special achievement wins.

Winners and nominees

  indicates the winner


Year Film Sound editor(s)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Walter Elliott
A Gathering of Eagles Robert Bratton
Goldfinger Norman Wanstall
The Lively Set Robert Bratton
The Great Race Treg Brown
Von Ryan's Express Walter Rossi
Grand Prix Gordon Daniel
Fantastic Voyage Walter Rossi
The Dirty Dozen John Poyner
In the Heat of the Night James Richard
No award given
No award given


Year Film Sound editor(s)
No award given
No award given
No award given
No award given
No award given
The Hindenburg Peter Berkos
No award given
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Frank Warner
No award given
The Black Stallion Alan Splet


Year Film Sound editor(s)
No award given
Raiders of the Lost Ark Ben Burtt and Richard L. Anderson
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Charles L. Campbell and Ben Burtt
Das Boot Mike Le-Mare
Poltergeist Stephen Hunter Flick and Richard L. Anderson
The Right Stuff Jay Boekelheide
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Ben Burtt
The River Kay Rose
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
Aliens Don Sharpe
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Mark Mangini
Top Gun George Watters II
RoboCop Stephen Hunter Flick and John Pospisil
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Charles L. Campbell and Louis Edemann
Die Hard Stephen Hunter Flick and Richard Shorr
Willow Ben Burtt and Richard Hymns
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


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


Year Film Sound editor(s)
U-571 Jon Johnson
Space Cowboys Bub Asman and Alan Robert Murray
Pearl Harbor Christopher Boyes
Monsters, Inc. Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers
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
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 George Watters II
The Incredibles Michael Silvers and Randy Thom
The Polar Express Randy Thom and Dennis Leonard
Spider-Man 2 Paul N. J. Ottosson
King Kong Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn
War of the Worlds Richard King
Memoirs of a Geisha Wylie Stateman
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 George Watters II
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
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
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


Year Film Sound editor(s)
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
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
Skyfall (tie) Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty (tie) Paul N. J. Ottosson
Argo Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
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
American Sniper Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar Richard King
Unbroken Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro
The award was a Special Achievement Award instead of a competitive award.

See also


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