Craig Berkey has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, for his work on Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit and No Country for Old Men (which won the Oscar for Best Picture); he was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound Editing, for the former. Both movies also earned him BAFTA Award nominations for Best Sound; and brought him Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards.
Mr. Berkey has been nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) Golden Reel Award 14 times, winning for his work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and on the animated television series Spawn.
A native of Vancouver, Mr. Berkey has explored since childhood a passion for — and fascination with — sound and its possibilities. After teaching classical guitar and studying music recording, he completed a program in recording arts. An introduction to the art form of post-production sound led to a job on the Canadian television series Mom P.I. He later relocated to Los Angeles, applying his skills as sound editor and/or sound mixer on feature films. He was sound effects editor on such hits as Alien: Resurrection, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and The X Files, directed by Rob Bowman. His first film as sound designer was Anna and the King, directed by Andy Tennant.
Mr. Berkey has since enjoyed extensive creative collaborations with several film directors that have spanned many years and multiple projects. He has worked with Terrence Malick on The New World (which marked his first film as both sound designer and re-recording mixer), the Best Picture Oscar-nominated The Tree of Life, and To the Wonder; Joel and Ethan Coen, on movies including the aforementioned award-winning projects and the Best Picture Oscar-nominated A Serious Man; and Joe Wright, on seven features including (as re-recording mixer and supervising sound editor) the current release Cyrano. His other recent projects include (as sound designer) Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth and (as re-recording mixer) Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch.