Gary A. Rizzo, a Recording Arts graduate of Full Sail University, the Florida-based music and film school, has been awarded an Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for his work on the film Inception. The Oscar was presented by Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday.
This is Rizzo’s first Oscar win but his third nomination. In 2004, he received his first nomination in the category of Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for his work on The Incredibles. His second was in 2008, in the same category, for his work on The Dark Knight. In addition, Rizzo was recently awarded the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Sound, also for his work on Inception.
Rizzo’s professional career as a re-recording mixer began in 1995 at the famed audio post production facility Skywalker Sound on George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California. Here he learned to mix on films such as Toy Story, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Titanic. Some of Rizzo’s most notable work includes mixing dialogue and music for Tron: Legacy, How To Train Your Dragon, The Incredibles, and Hellboy. Rizzo was inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame in 2009. He is currently working on the film Rio.
“On behalf of the entire Full Sail family, we congratulate our graduate Gary Rizzo on his first Oscar win,” said Jay Noble, director of alumni relations. “This is a proud moment for our graduate, our educators, and for our current students as we all celebrate this tremendous and inspiring achievement.”