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Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Animation

A properly completed entry form is required for all submissions. Incomplete submissions will result in the disqualification of that entry from the nominating processand will not be considered for Chair Recommendation.


The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for animated feature films in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Animation. For this category sound editing is defined as the editing of the Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR, either English Language or Foreign Language. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of all of these disciplines for each eligible film.

The Board will decide which films qualify as animated on a case-by-case basis. Among the factors that may be considered are the following:

      Whether the film is traditional animation.

     Whether the sound editing follows the process of sound editing in traditional animation, including the pre-recording and editing of dialogue before picture is shot.

     In the cases of mixed media (live-action and animation), whether more than 50% of the frames in the film have animation.

     Whether the animation is intended to be perceived by the audiences as ‘realistic’ or not.

Music Editing for Feature Animation needs to be submitted in the appropriate Feature Motion Picture Music categories (Underscore or Musical).


Feature films must have been released commercially during the calendar year of consideration and must have run for at least one week in a public theater in the United States. Festivals and private screenings neither qualify nor prevent qualification.


MPSE Golden Reel Statue Trophies shall be presented to the following positions on the winning production: Supervising Sound Editors, Sound Designers, Supervising Dialogue Editors, Supervising ADR Editors, Dialogue Editors, ADR Editors, Sound Effects Editors, Foley Editors, Foley Artists, and Sound Editors.


All nominated editors must be part of the primary sound editing crew, not just the temp mix or mix changes.

  1. The nomination ballot for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing in an Animated Feature Film will be sent to the Active MPSE Members along with the list of all of the qualifying films for the year.

  2. The Active MPSE membership will determine, by ballot, the number of nominations congruent with the number of submissions as shown in General Rule #4.

  3. Panel chairs will have the ability to recommend promoting qualified submissions to nomination based upon screenings and review of documentation provided as Chair Recommendations as outlined in General Rule #9.

  4. Supervisors and their crews will not be eliminated due to more than one feature nomination.
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