Kurland has done boom operation work along with sound mixing on many films, such as Walk the Line, The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty, Men in Black, Wild Wild West, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. He won two Grammy's for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a BAFTA award and a CAS award for Walk the Line, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound mixing for Walk the Line.
In 2008, he won the CAS award for No Country for Old Men, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound mixing as well as the BAFTA award. In 2011, he won the CAS award and was nominated for the BAFTA, and the Best Sound Oscar, this time for the film True Grit.
Kurland is a frequent collaborator with the Coen Brothers, working on every Coen Brothers' film for the past 25 years.
Kurland and his wife, Shannon Wood, are co-owners of the Darkhorse Theater, a performing arts venue in Nashville.
In 2014, he was nominated for the CAS award, the BAFTA award and the Academy Award for Best Sound mixing for Inside Llewyn Davis.