My favorite moment was also my most terrifying.
I was working on a little film called "Gladiator". We were mixing the big battle in Reel 1. Not only had I cut it I was also the stage editor. It was playback time and joining Sir Ridley Scott for the viewing was Steven Spielberg ... f*ck. Nervous? Oh yeah.
This was my first Ridley Scott film and I was still getting a handle on being in his presence, having him review my stuff and cutting fixes that he would suggest. For me this man was one of those "I bow in your presence" guys AND Spielberg was with him! The picture editor was a talented, driven, demanding yet friendly guy named Pietro Scalia. Hans Zimmer was the composer and also there (he's a sweetheart). These guys were (are) artists.
To make a long story short the playback went great. Sir Scott particularly liked my flying and exploding fireballs FX (we all call it "design" now). There were fixes to be done but they were all minor. The relief I felt ... well you can imagine. I ended up not wetting my pants.
I was also lucky enough to be on the "Blade Runner" remix. Yeah I know! I couldn't believe it either! I was able to replace those goofy old-school face punches and gunshots and add or re-imagine other existing FX. AND we mixed it on the Warner Burbank lot where he shot a bunch of it.
"Black Hawk Down" (very proud of that one, the release date moved up 2 or 3 months and we were under the gun, it was so intense that we had two FX stage editors, Jon Title and I as well as the talented Chris Jargo on the dialogue ADR side) I did 6 or 7 more Ridley films and with each film I grew more comfortable but I never did get over that sense of awe I had when I first worked with him.
So YES it is the best job ever. You get to be creative, work with legends, get a bit of immortality with your name up there on the screen AND there's no dress code!