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‘Gravity’ Wins 2014 Academy Awards for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

Warner Bros. Pictures’ suspenseful thriller Gravity, directed by 2014 Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, captured both 2014 Oscar Sound Awards at the 86th Academy Awards, held Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and broadcast on the ABC network in a 3-hour, 11-minute telecast. The Oscar for Best Sound Editing went to Supervising Sound Editor: Glenn Freemantle, while the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing went to the team of Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro. Mix magazine congratulates all of the winners and nominees.

Gravity provided Freemantle with his second Academy Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Sound Editing for Slumdog Millionare (2008).

Including his nomination this year for Sound Mixing for Inside Llewyn Davis, this is the sixth Academy Award nomination for Skip Lievsay. He was previously nominated for True Grit (2010; Sound Editing and Sound Mixing) and No Country For Old Men (2007; Sound Editing and Sound Mixing).

These were the first Academy Award nominations for Niv Adiri and Christopher Benstead.

Including his nomination this year for Sound Mixing for Captain Phillips, this was the fourth Academy Award nomination for Chris Munro. He was previously nominated for Black Hawk Down (2001; winner, Sound) and The Mummy (1999; Nominee, Sound).

Forget that there is no sound in space. In this stunning portrait of a marooned astronaut struggling to survive alone, thousands of miles above planet Earth, we hear the smashing and tinkling of space vessels struck by debris fields, both inside and out, through Sandra Bullock’s main character. Inside one of the space stations, too, sound takes on added importance as systems fail, machines go through their paces, and our heroine deals with one crisis after another in confined spaces.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Movie Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Sound Re-Recording Facility: De Lane Lea Studios
Re-Recording Mixers: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Production Sound: Chris Munro
Supervising Sound Editor: Glenn Freemantle
Sound Editorial: Danny Freemantle, sound effects editor; Eilam Hoffman, sound effects editor; Ben Barker, sound design editor; Nina Hartstone, supervising dialog/ADR editor; Emilie O’Connor, dialog editor; Gillian Dodders, dialog editor; Hugo Adams, Foley editor; Nicholas Becker, Foley artist
Composer: Steven Price
Music Editor: Christopher Benstead
Score Recorded and Mixed By: Andrew Dudman

Watch the SoundWorks Collection’s ‘Gravity’ Sound for Film Profile, from Michael Coleman. In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile we talk with Director Alfonso Cuarón and Re-Recording Mixer Skip Lievsay about the sound teams work to create a dramatic sound scape to a dark and vast outer space environment. Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and George Clooney (Syriana) star in Gravity, a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space.

Read more about Mix magazine’s selections of Oscar Sound contenders in Mix magazine’s Oscar Sound 2014 guide.