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AMPS reveals nominees for second awards

The sound crews for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods, Whiplash, The Imitation Game and Exodus: Gods and Kings are shortlisted

Following last year’s successful inaugural award (see The Association of Motion Picture Sound announces inaugural AMPS award), the Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS) today announced the list of nominations for its second annual award for excellence in sound for a feature film.

Five 2014 films were selected by the AMPS awards committee, from which the three leading sound crew members – production sound, sound editing and rerecording – were nominated. A further ballot of all voting AMPS members will select the winning film, to be announced on 2 February.

The nominees are Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio and Pawel Wdowczak for The Grand Budapest Hotel (pictured); Mike Prestwood-Smith, Renee Tondelli and John Casali for Into the Woods; Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley for Whiplash; Stuart Hilliker, Lee Walpole and John Midgley for The Imitation Game; and Paul Massey, Oliver Tarney and David Stephenson for Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game narrowly missed out on the award for best score at the Golden Globes on 11 January, losing to Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score for another biopic, The Theory of Everything.

“On behalf of the whole sound team, I’d like to say a huge thank you to AMPS for recognising our work on Exodus: Gods and Kings,” comments Oliver Tarney. “From the epic battles, multiple plagues and huge tsunami to the recording of ancient dialects, this was one of the most challenging sound jobs we have worked on. Thank you once again – we are truly honoured to be AMPS nominees.”

Christopher Scarabosio adds: “Thank you for the email and nomination. It’s always an honour to be recognised by one’s peers.”

“As chairman of the awards group and one of the winners of the 2013 award, I would like to congratulate all the nominees and wish them good luck in the final round, which is voted on by some of the most highly regarded sound professionals in the UK,” says Chris Munro, production sound mixer on Gravity.

The award programme, this year sponsored once again by longtime AMPS sustaining member Dolby Europe, was created in celebration of the AMPS’s 25th anniversary in 2014. The organisation plans to “expand in future years to include a broader selection of creative sound technicians, as well as encompassing television sound and gaming”.

The Grand Budapest Hotel photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures