2015 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated
for February 15th

Studio City, California – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it 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.”
Skip Lievsay

Lievsay said that he is humbled
to join the ranks of legendary sound artists who have won the MPSE Career
Achievement Award. “It is an exciting and great honor to be recognized by my
peers in the MPSE,” Lievsay observed. “I accept it graciously although I hope I
still have  a few more mountains to
climb.”
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 joins a distinguished list of sound pioneers, including 2014
Career Achievement Recipient Randy Thom, Larry Singer, Walter Murch and George
Watters II.
Lievsay worked briefly as a
picture editor before devoting his attention to sound in the late-70s. 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.
Lievsay won the 2014 BAFTA Award
for Best Sound for Gravity and is a
9-time nominee for MPSE Awards, alongside many other awards and nominations. Lievsay
is married to picture editor Elizabeth Kling with whom he has collaborated on
several projects, including the 1995 film Georgia.

About MPSE
Founded in 1953, the Motion
Picture Sound Editors is a non-profit organization of professional sound and
music editors who work in the motion pictures and television industry. The
organization’s mission is to provide a wealth of knowledge from award winning
professionals to a diverse group of individuals, youth and career professionals
alike; mentoring and educating the community about the artistic merit and
technical advancements in sound and music editing; providing scholarships for
the continuing advancement of motion picture sound in education; and helping to
enhance the personal and professional lives of the men and women who practice
this unique craft.
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