'The Avengers' and 'Game of Thrones' Among HPA Awards Winner


Disney and Marvel's The Avengers brought together some of the biggest superheroes in the Marvel universe with Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) banning together to save the world. The big-name cast and big action led to the film becoming the top grossing film of 2012 in the U.S., earning $623.4 million domestically, and $1.5 billion worldwide.

The Hollywood Post Alliance also honored Ray Dolby with its Charles S. Swartz Award.

Marvel's The Avengers, Hugo, The Iron Lady and The Adventures of Tin Tin all picked up trophies at the 2012 HPA Awards, which were held Nov. 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Presented by the Hollywood Post Alliance, the awards recognize outstanding contributions in post-production in 12 creative categories.

Avengers took home the award for feature film composting; Hugo claimed the prize for feature film editing; Iron Lady was recognized for its color grading; and Tin Tin took the award for sound.

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On the television side, winners were Game of Thrones, Downton AbbeyGrimm and NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Ray Dolby, founder and director emeritus of Dolby Laboratories, received the Charles S. Swartz Award for his contributions to image and sound recording technology.  Sound designer and editor Walter Murch presented the award.

The winners of the 2012 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories


Outstanding Color Grading using a DI process – Feature Film

“The Iron Lady”

Rob Pizzey // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Game of Thrones – The Prince of Winterfell”

Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial  

Chrysler “Halftime in America”

Siggy Ferstl // Company 3


Outstanding Editing – Sponsored by Avid Technology

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film


Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. // Sikelia Productions

Outstanding Editing – Television

"Downton Abbey – Series 2  Episode  7"

John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

Outstanding Editing – Commercial 

MasterCard “Tango”

Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial


Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“The Adventures of Tin Tin”

Chris Ward, Brent Burge, Michael Hedges, Christopher Boyes and Andy Nelson // Park Road Post Production

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Grimm - Pilot" 

Mark Lanza, Larry Mann, Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial 

Nissan Leaf “Gas Powered Everything”

Jimmy Hite // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

Outstanding Compositing – Feature Film

“Marvel’s The Avengers”

Nelson Sepulveda, Alan Travis, Peter Demarest and Chris Bayz // Industrial Light & Magic

Outstanding Compositing – Television

“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service – Rekindled”

Bob Minshall, Mark Intravartolo, Jeremy Jozwik and Carrie Smith // Encore

Outstanding Compositing – Commercial

Chevy “2012 Silverado”

Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Nicholas Kim // Method Studios


Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production

Ray Dolby, Dolby Laboratories


Engineering Excellence Award

Cinnafilm – Tachyon

Crossroads Systems – StrongBox

Dolby Laboratories – Dolby® Atmos™

Sony Electronics – F65 Camera


HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production

Gradient Interactive – Sandbox