‘Star Trek: Picard,’ ‘Lower Decks’ And ‘Strange New Worlds’ Nominated By Sound Editing And VFX Guilds

The latest awards season update for Star Trek comes from two big Hollywood guilds: the Motion Picture Sound Editors and the Visual Effects Society. Both have nominated Star Trek shows for their awards this year.

Picard and Lower Decks up for Golden Reels

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces nominees for the 71st Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. According to the MPSE the nominees “represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation, computer entertainment, and student productions.”

Star Trek: Picard was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Broadcast Long Form Effects / Foley for the season 3 finale episode “The Last Generation.” Also nominated were Ahsoka, All the Light We Cannot See, The Continental: From the World of John Wick, Loki, and The Last of Us.

The team nominated for Picard:

Supervising Sound Editor: Matthew E. Taylor
Sound Designers: Michael Schapiro, Harry Cohen MPSE
Sound Editors: Alex Pugh MPSE, Deron Street
Foley Editors: John Sanacore MPSE, Clay Weber MPSE
Foley Artist: Rick Owens MPSE

This is the third Golden Reel nomination for Picard. In 2021 it won in this category for the season 1 finale “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2.”

From “The Last Generation” (Paramount+)

Star Trek: Lower Decks was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Broadcast Animation for the season 4 finale “Old Friends, New Planets.” The show is going up against Rick and Morty, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Star Wars: Visions, Transformers: Earthspark, and Young Jedi Adventures.

The team nominated for Lower Decks:

Supervising Sound Editor: James Lucero
Sound Effects Editors: Mak Kellerman, John Wynn
Foley Editor: Michael Britt

This is the second time Lower Decks has been up for this award.

From “Old Friends, New Planets” (Paramount+) 

The 71st Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2024 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

Strange New Worlds nominated by VES

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced nominees for the 22nd Annual VES Awards, which “recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in features, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX Supervisors, VFX Producers and hands-on Artists who bring this work to life.”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds was nominated for Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, Game Cinematic or Real-time Project for the season 2 premiere episode “The Broken Circle. Also nominated are: Loki and The Last of Us (for two episodes).

The team nominated for Picard:

Nathaniel Larouche
Owen Deveney
Mujia Liao
Alex Morin

This is the first VES Award nomination for Strange New Worlds,  the second Paramount+ original Star Trek series to be nominated. Discovery has 3 VES Awards nominations.

From “The Broken Circle” (Paramount+)

The VES Awards will be presented on February 21, 2024 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

More awards season…

There are still a few more awards that could see Star Trek nominations coming up. The franchise is set to dominate the Saturn Awards coming on February 4, with a total of 15 nominations for PicardLower Decks, and Strange New Worlds.


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Indeed! 😀

Okay, sound editing, second nomination! Please, please, end the embarrassment and the drinking game jokes — yes, end the futility and give LDS an award in something finally here! Lol

You really seem to have your undies in a knot over this.

I plead guilty that it amuses me. :-)

A little know fact — LDS is the only Star Trek series that DOES believe in the no-win scenario. “bud-da-boom!”

But no one else plays this game, so it’s just you drinking alone and being performative in how you laugh at other people’s misfortune (instead of celebrating nominations). It’s mean and childish at worst, just plain weird at best.

Well, this will sound hard to believe, but when LDS failed the Koboyashi Maru test, LDS changed the conditions of the test so that it would continue to lose, over and over…“bud-da-boom!”


Your shit is getting RIDICULOUSLY old!



Once again that’s not even a well-crafted joke, which is why I never put much weight in all your criticisms of LDS being beneath Star Trek.

At this point you are just being a jerk to the people who work hard to make it, right down to the sound editors now, all to get a rise out of people here. It’s sophomoric and I won’t engage you on this topic further and give you any more satisfaction.

Lamest ‘joke’ ever. He just hates the show.

Dude, lighten up — of course it’s sophomoric — it’s funny in the vein of long losing streaks, like Susan Lucci’s year after year of not getting an Emmy, which was joke. And anyone who worked on the sound can see I’m just joking — your the one who is trying to get serious about it with your uber-defensiveness. It’s not meant to be taken seriously — it’s humor. And I bring it up time and time again, because that’s how a running joke works until the situation changes — those jokes rely on a time-series of futile events, that’s why they are deemed funny by many.

And yes, that would be fantastic if you stopped overreacting with multiple posts acting so ultra-offended when I crack a joke on this — thanks.

…and I also find it rather ironic that I get criticized for making sophomoric jokes when the series that is the focus of the joke specializes in sophomoric humor. In fact, knowing LDS, if this streak continues, I would not be surprised if a future ep had an inside joke about the show never getting an award….lol

Humor is meant to be funny. You aren’t.

Now that’s funny! :-)

Totally f*cking weird and sad.

Dude, you really need to have a sense of humor and stop taking this stuff so seriously. This reminds me of how you responded to Cmd. Bremmon recently when he wrote something that he thought was funny, with you responding: You should probably give up trying to write “comedy”.

If you don’t like jokes, perhaps just move on and not always freak out with F-bombs and insults? Just saying….



Ah Prodigy should have had some sound design/editing nominations 🫣

Prodigy won an Emmy award for Production Design last year. Prodigy is the only Star Trek animated series to win the prestigious Emmy Award since TAS won one in 1975.

The sound design on Picard S3 really is awesomely cinematic and would had deserved an Dolby Atmos mix!!!

Being recognized by your peers is definitely special so big congrats to the teams at SNW, Picard and LDs on a job well done.

That said, nothing for VFX for prodigy? Maybe the show didn’t qualify due to its timing and I definitely don’t understand the technical aspects of the different forms of animation, but Prodigy’s computer animation seems to be visually spectacular and worth recognition.

It’s indeed quite spectacular and well deserving of a nomination, but probably doesn’t qualify as VFX.

just found lower decks and in my 51 years i love this star trek show, i would enjoy another season or at least 5 more seasons on this searies.