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Full Sail University is proud to announce that Recording Arts Graduate
Gary A. Rizzo was awarded an Oscar® in the Best Achievement in Sound
Mixing category for his work on the film Inception. The Oscar® was
presented by Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey at the 83rd
Annual Academy Awards which aired live on ABC on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

This year marks Rizzo’s first Oscar® win and third nomination. In 
2004, he received his first nomination in the category of Best 
Achievement in Sound Mixing for his work on The Incredibles, and his 
second took place 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 for 
his work on the film 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, CA. Here he learned to mix 
from Skywalker mixing legends on such films 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. He is currently in production on 
Rio. Gary was inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame in 

“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.”
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