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Sam Raimi will receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Filmmaker Award at the organization’s annual Golden Reel Awards on Feb. 27 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.
The filmmaker first gained notoriety in 1982 with his influential horror classic The Evil Dead and is perhaps best known for that title, as well as commercial hits Spider-Man and its two sequels. His credits also include Western The Quick and the Dead, crime thriller A Simple Plan, baseball drama For the Love of the Game and Wizard of Oz prequel Oz the Great and Powerful.
“Sam Raimi has been the creative force behind some of the most popular, entertaining and scariest films of our time,” MPSE president Frank Morrone said Tuesday in a statement. “He has been a major influence on other filmmakers the world over. We are very pleased to honor his work and many contributions to the entertainment industry.”
Said Raimi: “My career as a director began with a low-budget horror picture that relied heavily on sound to compensate for what we couldn’t afford to show on camera. As it turns out, in cinema, some of the most powerful moments are induced not by what we see, but by what we hear. I’m incredibly grateful to the MPSE for this honor, and I am humbled to be joining such an outstanding class of past honorees.”
Previous recipients of the MPSE Filmmaker Award include George Lucas, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay.
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