Lee Smith is a famous film editor born June 10, 1960. Lee Smith is from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and started his film career as a sound editor in the mid-1980’s. Throughout the 1990’s, Smith continued working as a sound designer on films such as “The Piano” (1993), “Little Women” (1994), “The Portrait of a Lady” (1996), “The Truman Show” (1998), and “Holy Smoke!” (1999).

He began, along with his sound work, editing films in 1986. His first editing credit was “Dead End Drive-In” (1986), and he has gone on to edit a number of films such as “Robocop 2” (1990), “The Truman Show”, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003), “The Prestige” (2006), and “Inception” (2010). Additionally, Smith has been the editor for every Christopher Nolan feature film since 2005’s “Batman Begins”, including “The Dark Knigh”t (2008), “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), “Man of Steel” (2013), and “Interstellar” (2013).

Smith has been nominated for a number of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” and “The Dark Knight” (2008); the BAFTA Award for Best Editing for both :The Dark Knight” and “Inception”; and the BAFTA Award for Best Sound for “The Piano” (1993).

Along with his long-standing working relationship with Nolan, Smith also has a history of collaboration with director Peter Weir, which began on the 1982 film “The Year of Living Dangerously”. Smith was an associate editor on this film and worked alongside Weir’s longtime editor, William M. Anderson. Smith was credited as co-editor for “Fearless” (1993) and “The Truman Show”, and he was the sole editor for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”, another project of Weir’s.

Recently, in 2018, Smith won an Academy Award for his work on “Dunkirk” (2017), another of Nolan’s films.

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