Antoine Fuqua to Be Honored by Sound Editors

The 'Equalizer' helmer will receive the MPSE Filmmaker Award on Feb 17.
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Director Antoine Fuqua, whose body of work includes The Equalizer 1 and 2, will receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors' annual Filmmaker Award for his contributions to cinema, during the 66th MPSE Golden Reel Awards on Feb. 17 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

Released earlier this year, The Equalizer 2 reunited Fuqua with Denzel Washington in his role as McCall. His credits as a director also include The Magnificent Seven, a remake of the 1960 classic; boxing drama Southpaw;  and Training Day, which earned a best actor Academy Award for Denzel Washington and best supporting actor nomination for Ethan Hawke.

“Antoine Fuqua has elevated the action film genre by introducing complex characters, nuanced storytelling and deep emotion, and audiences the world over have responded at the box office. The MPSE is proud to recognize his achievements and add his name to the list of distinguished recipients of our Filmmaker Award," said MPSE president Tom McCarthy.

Past recipients include Kathryn Bigelow. Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg.

“I have always believed that sound is the element that elevates a film to its maximum potential,” said Fuqua. “I am fortunate to have worked with some of the best sound editors in the business who continue to be instrumental to my filmmaking process. My vision would be incomplete without the careful attention to their craft. I am truly honored to be recognized by my friends and colleagues of the MPSE.”