STUDIO CITY, CA — On February 15, 2015, The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will honor supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay with its 2015 MPSE Career Achievement Award. Lievsay won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing for his work on Gravity (with Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro) and has contributed to nearly 150 films over the course of a career that spans more than 30 years. He has been a frequent collaborator of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and John Sayles.
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. Lievsay will receive the award at the 2015 MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, set to take place in Los Angeles.
“It is an exciting and great honor to be recognized by my peers in the MPSE,” he notes. “I accept it graciously, although I hope I still have a few more mountains to climb.”
Past honorees have included Randy Thom, Larry Singer, Walter Murch and George Watters II.
Among his first credits as sound editor came on Blood Simple for then first-time directors Joel and Ethan Coen. That began an ongoing collaboration spanning such films as Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, O Brothers Where Art Thou, No Country for Old Men, True Grit and Inside Llewyn Davis. He received a total of five Oscar nominations for his work on Inside Llewyn Davis, True Grit and No Country for Old Men. Other career highlights include Noah, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Casino, Goodfellas, Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Matewan and Miller’s Crossing.