The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) says that Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee will be the recipient of its 2013 Filmmaker Award to be presented at the 60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards on Feb. 17, 2013 in Los Angeles. Lee, whose latest film Life of Pi is currently in theaters, was selected for a body of work that has demonstrated superlative artistry and has advanced the craft of filmmaking.
"Ang Lee is a fascinating innovator," said MPSE president Bobbi Banks. "He continually breaks ground through the use of the latest technology, both visually and sonically. That continues with Life of Pi where his use of Dolby Atmos guides audiences into the emotional intimacy of the sound experience. The Motion Picture Sound Editors takes great pride in honoring his contributions to world of cinema."
Ang Lee is widely regarded as one of the world's great contemporary filmmakers. Along with Life of Pi, his films include Taking Woodstock; Lust, Caution; Hulk; Ride with the Devil; The Ice Storm and Sense and Sensibility. His film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director in 2001. He won the Oscar for Best Director in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain.
Lee was born in Pingtung, Taiwan and studied filmmaking at the National Taiwan College of Arts, the University of Illinois and New York University. He made his directorial debut in 1992 with Pushing Hands. His second film, The Wedding Banquet, earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Lee has won two DGA, two Golden Globe and three BAFTA awards for direction, among many other international awards and honors for filmmaking excellence.
The MPSE Golden Reel Awards is the preeminent awards competition for sound editors, acknowledging the year's best work in editing dialogue, ADR, sound effects, Foley and music. The competition encompasses work for feature films, television and other mediums. It also presents special awards for Filmmaker and Career Achievement. Past recipients of the MPSE Filmmaker Award include George Lucas, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd. Some past recipients of its Career Achievement Award include George Watters II, Walter Murch, Don Hall and Larry Singer.