Awards Season/Precursor Update: USC Scripter Nominees, Oscar Spotlight: Documentaries, And More

We haven’t updated the precursors in a little bit, so that’s what we’re going to do today. Most recently, the USC Scripter nominations were announced, but that comes after a rave of announcements that included a number of guilds that hold major sway over who and what will receive Academy Award nominations next month. In addition, a few days ago the Academy announced the return of their program Oscar Spotlight: Documentaries, an endeavor meant to allow a wider array of folks to see the docs hoping to be nominated. We’ve got the rest of the precursors you haven’t seen yet, guild wise, alongside those announcements. You can see all of that below, so why don’t we run that all down for you now? First up, the nominees for the 32nd-Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award: Film Dark Waters (Focus Features) Matthew Carnahan and Mario Correa,
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Unveil 67th Annual Golden Reel Nominations

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse) made some noise today as they revealed the extensive list of nominees for the 67th Annual Mpse Golden Reel Awards. The nominees are a representation of the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation, computer entertainment and student productions.

“Sound artists continue to push boundaries for artistry and technical achievement in entertainment sound,” said Mpse president Tom McCarthy. “This year’s nominees represent the best work in sound across films, television, games, documentaries and other media. On behalf of The Motion Picture Sound Editors, I would like to congratulate all the nominees for their outstanding contributions to the art of sound.”

The Mpse Golden Reel Awards will give shine to outstanding achievement in sound editing in a staggering 23 categories encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work.
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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