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Tonmeister returns to receive Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Award

The University welcomed back to campus Chris Benstead this week to be awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Award after a highly successful twelve months which saw him win both an Oscar and a BAFTA for his work on the blockbuster Hollywood film Gravity.

Chris’ name has been added to the plaque in the library and he was presented with his certificate and crystal paperweight by Professor Sir Christopher Snowden.

Chris graduated from the Sound and Recording (Tonmeister) degree in 2004. During his career, he has collaborated with some of the best-known directors, including Sir Ridley Scott, Paul Greengrass and Sir Kenneth Branagh, and also worked on Rise of the Planet of The Apes, Thor, and Black Swan. He has also worked on the new Cinderella film to be released later this year, starring Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter.

Chris has enjoyed an extraordinary year, culminating in the Oscar win as part of the team for Gravity which was honoured for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing at the 86th Academy Awards.

He said: “Surrey has had a massive impact on my career and it is a real accolade to be given this award. Gravity was an amazing film that pushed so many technical boundaries, including its approach to sound. It was incredible to receive so much acclaim and receiving the Oscar was a truly special moment I’ll never forget.”

Sir Christopher said Chris’ nomination had stood out. “I am delighted to name Chris as the winner of the alumni award. He has had a truly exceptional year and fully deserves our recognition. It gives me great pleasure to see the outstanding work our graduates are involved with.”

The Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Award is presented annually to a graduate who has made an outstanding contribution to their field or to society during the previous year.


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