Skip Lievsay to Receive Sound Editors' Career Achievement Award


Warner Bros.' space drama Gravity became an out-of-this-world box office hit when it opened in theaters in October. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the pic scored a stunning $55.8 million from 3,575 theaters, setting a new October opening weekend record. It surpassed Paranormal Activity 3's $52.6 million debut in 2011. It went on to pass the $400 million mark at the global box office to become October's highest grossing live-action film release of all time. It's earned $652.3 million worldwide to date.

Academy Award-winning supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay will receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Career Achievement Award, Feb. 15 at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards.

Lievsay won the 2014 Academy Award for best sound mixing for his work on Gravity (with Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro), and is a frequent collaborator of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, as well as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and John Sayles.

He received a total of five Oscar nominations for his work on the Coen Bros.' Inside Llewyn DavisTrue Grit and No Country for Old Men, and additional credits with these directors include Barton FinkThe Big LebowskiFargo, and O Brother Where Art Thou. Other career highlights include Noah, CasinoGoodfellasDo the Right Thing and Miller’s Crossing.

“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."

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