Studio City, CA (December 22, 2014)—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will honor Academy Award-winning supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay with its 2015 MPSE Career Achievement Award.
Lievsay, who won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing for his work on Gravity (with Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro), has contributed to nearly 150 films over the course of a career spanning more than 30 years. He has been a frequent collaborator of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, as well as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, John Sayles and many others.
Lievsay will receive the award at the 2015 MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, February 15, 2015 in Los Angeles.
“Skip represents the pinnacle in artistry in motion picture sound,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “He has worked tirelessly to invent new and creative ways to use sound to advance directors’ visions, to tell stories and to entertain audiences. The MPSE takes great pride in recognizing the work of a sound artist who has been an outstanding practitioner of our craft and remains at the top of his game.”
The Career Achievement Award recognizes sound artists who have distinguished themselves by meritorious works as both an individual and fellow contributor to the art of sound for feature film and television, and for setting an example of excellence for others to follow. Previous recipients including Randy Thom, Larry Singer, Walter Murch and George Watters II.
Lievsay worked briefly as a picture editor before turning to sound in the late ‘70s. Among his first credits as sound editor came on Blood Simple, leading to an ongoing collaboration with directors Joel and Ethan Coen. He received a total of five Oscar nominations for his work on Inside Llewyn Davis, True Grit and No Country for Old Men.
Lievsay won the 2014 BAFTA Award for Best Sound for Gravity and is a nine-time MPSE Awards nominee.
Motion Picture Sound Editors