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The Academy Award of Merit for Best Sound Editing is an Academy Award granted yearly to a film exhibiting the finest or most aesthetic sound editing or sound design. The award is usually received by the Supervising Sound Editors of the film, perhaps accompanied by the Sound Designers.

The Sound Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, until 2006 would use a "bake-off" of the best films from the previous year to decide which films should be referred to the full academy as nominations for award. In a rule change on June 30, 2006, the bake-off for the sound branch was eliminated and the usual process of a "preferential ballot" submission was instituted.[1]

During certain years, the highest award given for this category may be a "Special Achievement Award," and not an Oscar. Academy rules require that a minimum of number of films must be nominated in a category for an Academy Award to be granted, and so when the number of qualifying nominees isn't sufficient, a Special Achievement Award is granted instead.

This is a list of films that have won or been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Effects (1963–1967, 1975), Sound Effects Editing (1977, 1981–1999), or Sound Editing (1979, 2000–present). See Academy Award for Sound for a corresponding list of winners for Best Sound.


1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s



  • 1970 none given
  • 1971 none given
  • 1972 none given
  • 1973 none given
  • 1974 none given
  • 1975 The Hindenburg – Peter Berkos (Special Achievement Award)
  • 1976 none given
  • 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Frank Warner (Special Achievement Award)
Star WarsBen Burtt (Special Achievement Award "for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices")[2]




  • 2003: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – Richard King
    • Finding Nemo – Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – Christopher Boyes and George Watters




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