Sound editor and designer extraordinaire Harry Cohen has been named recipient of the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 2017 Career Achievement Award. An 18-time MPSE Golden Reel Award nominee, Cohen has been a frequent collaborator with director Quentin Tarantino on such films as The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Inglorious Bastards and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2. His most recent project was Deepwater Horizon for Peter Berg. He’s also worked alongside Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Edward Zwick, Roland Emmerich and Paul Verhoeven among others.
The honor will be bestowed February 19 during the 64th MPSE Golden Reel Awards at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.
“I am surprised and honored to be recognized by the friends and colleagues in the MPSE,” Cohen said. “Sound editors work under the radar and are largely invisible to the public, but those of us who practice the craft know how hard it is to produce a great soundtrack.”
Cohen worked for many years at EFX Sound and later at Soundelux, where he frequently partnered with seven-time Oscar nominated sound editor Wylie Stateman. Along with his many nominations, Cohen won a Golden Reel in 1999 for A Texas Funeral, and received an Emmy nomination for the TV series The Others.
“Harry is an endlessly resourceful and imaginative artist who is always inventing new ways to use sound to tell stories,” said MPSE president Tom McCarthy. “He has enriched the movie-going experience for audiences worldwide.”