Industry titan Ron Howard has had a long and distinguished career in Hollywood over the years. Many of us recall a very young Howard as a little neighborhood boy that actor Gig Young’s time displaced character stumbles upon in a 1959 episode of The Twilight Zone. And, naturally, you can’t mention this celebrated director without bringing up his roles as Opie Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham in Happy Days. Those are mighty big pop culture laurels indeed, and most creatives would be happy with that one-two punch as the key highlights on their career reel. But this writer recalls a nifty acting job by Howard in John Wayne’s final film performance in The Shootist, and then there’s the second career he’s carved out for himself as a serious and respected director. Flying out of the Roger Corman school of directing, Ron Howard dazzled all of us with bravura turns behind the camera in such films as Night Shift, Splash, Cocoon, Parenthood, Far and Away, The Paper, Apollo 13, Ransom, A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon and Cinderella Man. This is not the career of some fly-by-night character, but rather the careful and deliberate footing of a true artist. Luckily, we’re not alone in thinking this Dear and Constant Reader, as our Gung Ho pals over at The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that no less of a respected bunch than the Motion Picture Sound Editors are set to fete the amiable Howard at their upcoming 69th Golden Reel Awards.
In a press release, Motion Picture Sound Editor (or MPSE, if that’s more your mileage) Big Wheel Mark Lanza said that “Ron Howard has inspired and delighted movie lovers worldwide with a body of work incredible in its scope, broad appeal and consistent excellence. His tireless imagination and generous spirit serve as an example to all of us involved in the art of filmmaking.”
Man of the Hour Ron Howard was quick to issue his own thoughts about the upcoming honor: “Of all the vital fragments of the mosaic that each project must locate or create and then place in the exact position to transport an audience, the sound editor and designer’s task is the most varied, meticulous and, I’d argue, underestimated. In the hands of a great editor, sounds from the literal to the abstract or juxtaposed with images on the screen to inform and impact audiences in ways both overt and subliminal. Sometimes the same sound achieves both. To be recognized by such artists and craftspeople is beyond flattering.”
Ron Howard is set to receive his well-deserved honor this March 13 in a virtual event for the Golden Reel Awards.