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Michael Alexander "Mike" Hopkins (12 August 1959 – 30 December 2012) was a New Zealand sound editor. Hopkins and American Ethan Van der Ryn shared two Academy Awards for best sound editing on the films The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and King Kong. The pair were also nominated for their work on the 2007 film Transformers.

Mike Hopkins
Michael Alexander Hopkins

(1959-08-12)12 August 1959
Died30 December 2012(2012-12-30) (aged 53)
OccupationSound editor
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Sound Editing (2002 & 2005)

Hopkins died on 30 December 2012 after the raft he was in capsized in a flash flood on the Waiohine River, near his hometown of Greytown.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Wairarapa Police name Waiohine River victim". New Zealand Police. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  2. ^ "Oscar winner drowns in rafting accident". Television New Zealand. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Oscar-winning sound editor drowns". Fairfax Media (via 31 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.

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