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Update: the Cinema Audio Society has announced its winner – The Revenant

The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) will have their annual awards dinner tonight at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The CAS is one of two primary precursors for the Oscar in Sound Mixing (along with the BAFTA Best Sound award). If you’re still confused about the difference between sound mixing and sound editing: mixing relates to the layering and harmonization of the various audio elements in a film (e.g., sound effects, music, dialogue), while sound editing pertains to the creation and design of sound effects. Or to use an orchestra analogy, sound editors are like composers while mixers are conductors: composers create the music, conductors try to figure out how to harmonize and balance all the instrumental sections.

This year’s nominees after the cut:

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American Sniper
Production Mixer — Walt Martin, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gregg Rudloff
Re-recording Mixer — John Reitz
Scoring Mixer — Robert Fernandez
ADR Mixer — Thomas J. O’Connell
Foley Mixer — James Ashwell

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Production Mixer — Thomas Varga
Re-recording Mixer — Jon Taylor, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Frank A. Montaño
Scoring Mixer — Gustavo Borner
ADR Mixer — Jason Oliver
Foley Mixer – John Sanacore, CAS

Guardians of the Galaxy
Production Mixer — Simon Hayes, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Lora Hirschberg
Re-recording Mixer — Christopher Boyes
Scoring Mixer — Gustavo Borner
ADR Mixer — Doc Kane
Foley Mixer — Chris Manning

Production Mixer — Mark Weingarten, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gary A. Rizzo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gregg Landaker
Scoring Mixer — Alan Meyerson, CAS
ADR Mixer — Thomas J. O’Connell
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang, CAS

Production Mixer — David Lee
Re-recording Mixer — Jon Taylor, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Frank A. Montaño
Scoring Mixer — Jonathan Allen
ADR Mixer — Paul Drenning, CAS
Foley Mixer — John Guentner


Big Hero 6
Original Dialogue Mixer — Gabriel Guy, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — David E. Fluhr, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gabriel Guy, CAS
Scoring Mixer — Alan Meyerson, CAS
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang, CAS

The Boxtrolls
Original Dialogue Mixer – Carlos Sotolongo
Re-recording Mixer — Tom Myers
Re-recording Mixer — Ren Klyce
Re-recording Mixer — Nathan Nance
Scoring Mixer — Nick Wollage
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang, CAS

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Original Dialogue Mixer — Tighe Sheldon
Re-recording Mixer — Randy Thom, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Shawn Murphy
Re-recording Mixer — Brandon Proctor
Scoring Mixer — Shawn Murphy
Foley Mixer — Corey Tyler

The Lego Movie
Original Dialogue Mixer — Thomas J. O’Connell
Re-recording Mixer — Michael Semanick, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gregg Rudloff
Re-recording Mixer — Wayne Pashley
Scoring Mixer — Brad Haehnel
Foley Mixer — John Simpson

Penguins of Madagascar
Original Dialogue Mixer — Tighe Sheldon
Re-recording Mixer — Paul N.J. Ottosson, CAS
Scoring Mixer — Dennis Sands, CAS
Foley Mixer — Randy K. Singer, CAS


American Horror Story: Monsters Among Us
Production Mixer — Bruce Litecky, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Joe Earle, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Doug Andham, CAS
ADR Mixer — Evan Daum
Foley Mixer — Kyle Billingsley

Fargo: Part 2 – The Rooster Prince
Production Mixer — Michael Playfair, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — David Raines, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Mark Server
ADR Mixer — Andrew Morgado

Houdini: Part 1
Production Mixer — Tamas Csaba, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Ken Burton, CAS
ADR Mixer — Chris Navarro, CAS

The Normal Heart
Production Mixer — Drew Kunin
Re-recording Mixer — Joe Earle, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Doug Andham, CAS
ADR Mixer — Beauxregard Neylon
Foley Mixer — Scott Curtis

Sherlock: His Last Vow
Production Mixer — John Mooney
Re-recording Mixer — Howard Bargroff
Scoring Mixer — Nick Wollage
ADR Mixer – Peter Gleaves
Foley Mixer — William Everett


Boardwalk Empire: Friendless Child
Production Mixer — Franklin D. Stettner, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Tom Fleischman, CAS
ADR Mixer — Mark DeSimone, CAS
Foley Mixer — George Lara, CAS

Game of Thrones: The Children
Production Mixer — Ronan Hill, CAS
Production Mixer — Richard Dyer, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Mathew Waters, CAS
Foley Mixer — Brett Voss, CAS

Homeland: Redux
Production Mixer — Diethard Keck
Re-recording Mixer — Nello Torri, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Alan M. Decker, CAS
ADR Mixer — Stephen Webster
Foley Mixer — Shawn Kennelly

True Detective: Who Goes There
Production Mixer — Geoffrey Patterson, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Martin Czembor

The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary
Production Mixer — Michael P. Clark, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gary D. Rogers, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Daniel J. Hiland, CAS


Family Guy: The Simpsons Guy
Production Mixer — Patrick Clark
Re-recording Mixer — James Fitzpatrick, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Arman Steiner

Modern Family: Australia
Production Mixer — Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Dean Okrand, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Brian Harman, CAS

Nurse Jackie: The Lady With the Lamp
Production Mixer — Jan McLaughlin, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Peter Waggoner

Parks and Recreation: Moving Up
Production Mixer — Steven Michael Morantz, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — John W. Cook II, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Robert Carr, CAS

Veep: Detroit
Production Mixer — William Macpherson


Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey – Standing Up in the Milky Way
Re-recording Mixer — Mark Hensley
Re-recording Mixer — Joel D. Catalan
ADR Mixer — Paul Aranoff
Foley Mixer — David Torres

Deadliest Catch – Lost at Sea
Re-Recording Mixer — Bob Bronow, CAS

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Los Angeles
Re-Recording Mixer – Eddie Kim
Sound Mixer – Jeff Fuller

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Re-Recording Mixer — Brian Riordan, CAS
Re-Recording Mixer — Jamie Ledner
Music Mixer — Jay Vicari
Music Mixer — Bob Clearmountain

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History – Part 3- The Fire of Life
Re-Recording Mixer — Dominick Tavella, CAS
Pre-production Mixer – Lou Verrico

ACE Eddie Winners:

  • ARGO, Best Edited Feature Drama, William Goldenberg
  • SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, Best Edited Feature Comedy, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
  • SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, Best Edited Documentary, Malik Bendjelloul
  • BRAVE, Best Edited Animated Feature, Nicholas C. Smith

CAS Winners:

  • Les Miserables – Sound Mixing, Live Action
  • Brave – Sound Mixing, Animated:

Full list of ACE Eddiewinners in all categories, after the cut.

Nominees for both after the cut. You can also enter our contest for WGA.

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[There is no Soundworks collection for Moneyball but the other nominees, either for CAS or Oscar, after the cut]

Tonight the Cinema Audio Society awards dinner will be held around 8pm at the Millennium-Biltmore hotel.

The nominees for film are:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Super 8

Just to show you how weird this year has been overall, only two CAS nominees went on to be nominated for Oscar.  I’m not sure why this is – there was a disconnect, big time, between the guilds and the Academy.  For instance, Dragon Tattoo did really well overall with the guilds but didn’t get a nomination here.  It did get an Oscar nomination for sound.  The only two films here that are Oscar nominated are Hugo and Moneyball.

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The Cinema Audio Society announces the nominees for the 48th Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2011 in four categories.

Motion Pictures:

  • Hanna
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide
  • Super 8

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I was planning on leaving this alone but the web chatter, and even a Facebook page dedicated to what will no doubt go down as a race similar to Star Wars vs. Annie Hall. What I can abide is the phony uproar reaching a fever pitch online.

It’s because she’s a woman!
It’s because they wanted to tell Jim Cameron to eff off!
It’s because of all the divorced wives out there!

How much more insulting can they possibly be?¬† The truth is that Avatar made a lot of money and a lot of people really loved it. Great. Good for Avatar. Good for the public. One big happy party, right? No, because on top of $700,000,000 domestic and $2 billion internationally, they also had to have a whole bunch of Oscars. Not Jim Cameron, he doesn’t care — and in fact, he cheered Bigelow, his one-time collaborator, to whom he has functioned mentor, on. But the fans needed to win the Oscar in order to …. validate their feelings?

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Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture: The Hurt Locker!
Mini-Series: Grey Gardens
Best Sound Mixing for Television Series: Mad Men

The awards are happening now.

Someone asked what the difference was between the Cinema Audio Society and the Motion Picture Sound Editors awards. One is for Sound Mixing (CAS) and the other is for Sound Effects Editing. Generally speaking, the MPSE has matched up pretty closely with Oscar. Not sure why this is. Maybe it’s due to members in other branches skipping that award while the members of the Sound branch vote. The CAS doesn’t have as reliable a match.

Avatar is expected to take tonight’s award, and probably the Oscar.

The Cinema Audio Society announces their award for Best Sound tonight at my favorite LA hotel.

46th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards
When: Sat, February 27, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
Admission: Invite Only

As you can see by their history, there is a lot of match-up for wins. This is due mainly to the fact that the entire Academy votes for Sound, while the Sound guild actually votes on the sound team involved and their efforts. The same goes for Costumes, Art Direction, Makeup, etc. That said, this is a two-film contest probably. As usual, it gets down to The Hurt Locker – a war movie and the kind that has been known to win Sound in the past, and Avatar, which is the more popular film with the general public and thus, will probably win this Guild award in a walk. The Oscars will probably be another two-way contest, but no one knows how it will turn out. Some say The Hurt Locker will win it, others say Avatar.

I guess the point here is that the CAS can’t really be a good predictor for Oscar. You are still on your own for the final contest. If The Hurt Locker wins, that shows unified support for the film. If Avatar wins it confirms what we already suspected.

Prediction: Avatar

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This one kind of seems like a no-brainer, but then you never really know what the cinematographers are going to think is the best cinematography. According to some of those in the know, the Avatar cinematography is more visual effects than actual lensing. Whatever it was, though, it worked to a degree that is almost impossible to comprehend. If Avatar is weak on story and originality, it is strong on its visuals. Strong is an understatement. It is mind-boggling.

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DGA Awards
Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker

DGA Awards
James Cameron

DGA Awards
Lee Daniels
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
DGA Awards
Jason Reitman
Up In The Air
DGA Awards
Quentin Tarantino
Inglourious Basterds

The Directors Guild awards are being held this Saturday night. The race feels less certain than it did before the Producers Guild’s stunner that awarded The Hurt Locker over films that had more famous producers, made much more money, and were more popular overall with the public-at-large.

According to Wikipedia, the DGA has 13,459 members. That’s almost double the Academy’s vote. I don’t believe they are doing the preferential ballot – they don’t have to, with only five nominees.

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Re-recording Mixers:
Chris Boyes
Gary Summers
Andy Nelson
Production Mixer:
Tony Johnson, CAS

District 9
Re-recording Mixers:
Michael Hedges
Gilbert Lake
Production Mixer:
Ken Saville

The Hurt Locker
Re-recording Mixers:
Paul N.J. Ottosson
Production Mixer: Ray Beckett

Star Trek
Re-recording Mixers: Andy Nelson
Anna Behlmer
Production Mixer: Peter J. Devlin, CAS

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Re-recording Mixers:
Greg P. Russell, CAS
Gary Summers
Production Mixer:
Geoffrey Patterson, CAS

The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) is usually the best predictor of the sound category. They are usually off by one or two for nominations. We have no reason to think these won’t be the nominated five. Last year Wall-E was one of the nominees, so Oscar might see a sound nod for Up.

I have just reminded myself of the British Academy Film Award winners and, if you exclude the foreign, documentary and short categories, then the smart money might be one a virtually perfect match with the Academy. The only BAFTA winner that jars is ‘In Bruges’ which has scant chance of collecting the Oscar for best original screenplay on Sunday night. Otherwise everything looks on the money including the technical categories. Surely, something’s got to give right?

Attention has turned, in the closing days, to just how many Oscars ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ will win. Barring an unforeseen tie in the original song category the movie is eligible for nine wins, can it sweep all 9? It’s certainly possible but I remain sceptical. I doubt any sane prognosticator would take issue with me saying the movie is an incredibly safe bet in the following categories: Picture, director, adapted screenplay, film editing and original score. I will refrain from wasting any further space commenting of these categories because I feel they are genuinely settled.
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The American Society of Cinematographers also hands out its award tonight. Again, Slumdog is expected to take this. Even if another film wins this tonight, Slumdog is still expected to take the Oscar for cinematgraphy. Here are the nominees:

Roger Deakins, Revolutionary Road
Roger Deakins & Chris Menges, The Reader
Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Claudio Miranda, Benjamin Button
Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

These are all beautiful works by these cinematgraphers. Slumdog’s is outstanding, from the hand held stuff through the streets of Mumbai, through the dizzying beauty of the landscapes, to say nothing of Latika’s face. Benjamin Button’s was more breathtaking to me but I think the Slumdog train cannot be slowed down.


With the Cinema Audio Society choosing Slumdog for its sound award, it’s time to consider a potential clean sweep for the film. So, you might wonder, what is different from No Country and Slumdog?

Leaving most of the critics awards out of it and keeping the Globes, Critics Choice and NBR.

No Country won: Art Directors Guild, Critics Choice, Cinema Audio Society, DGA, PGA, SAG, WGA, Scripter, NBR,

Slumdog has won: Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice, Cinema Audio Society, DGA, PGA, WGA, SAG, Scripter, NBR, and will likely win the Ace Eddie tonight.

It isn’t really how many awards Slumdog has won over most films since probably Return of the King, it’s how many of the individual awards it has won: six seven BAFTAs, five Critics Choice, four Golden Globes. The six BAFTAS thing is particularly impressive since they generally spread the wealth with their awards.

By contrast, Return of the King only won four BAFTAS, the Ace Eddie, 4 critics choice awards, 4 Golden Globe awards, costume guild, DGA, PGA, NBR, SAG ensemble. It did not win the Cinema Audio Society, the Writers Guild, Cinematographers Society…

Coming close to this was Brokeback Mountain which won almost everything, except the Eddie and the SAG ensemble. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like Slumdog Millionaire in terms of how fast and far the film has gone. For Fox Searchlight, it’s a grand slam the third fourth time at bat.

Thanks to Marty-O, HBK and garras

Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards (winners in bold):

Motion Pictures

  • The Dark Knight
  • Iron Man
  • Quantum Of Solace
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • WALL-E

Television Movies and Mini-Series

  • Generation Kill, Episode 5: ‚ÄúA Burning Dog‚Äù
  • John Adams, Episode 1: ‚ÄúJoin or Die‚Äù
  • John Adams, Episode 2: ‚ÄúIndependence‚Äù
  • John Adams, Episode 3: ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Tread on Me‚Äù
  • Recount

Television Series

  • 24: ‚ÄúRedemption‚Äù
  • Dexter: Episode 5: ‚ÄúTurning Biminese‚Äù
  • House: Last Resort
  • Lost: ‚ÄúMeet Kevin Johnson‚Äù
  • Mad Men: ‚ÄúThe Jet Set‚Äù

The International Cinephile Society has announced its nominees for the 2008 cinematic year. Leading the field with 8 nominations each are Milk and The Dark Knight. The winners, along with ranked lists for Best Picture and Best Film Not in the English Language, will be announced on February 13, 2009.

• A Christmas Tale
• The Dark Knight
• Flight of the Red Balloon
• Happy-Go-Lucky
• Hunger
• In Bruges
• Milk
• Rachel Getting Married
• The Wrestler

• Arnaud Desplechin РA Christmas Tale
• Hou Hsiao-hsien РFlight of the Red Balloon
• Steve McQueen РHunger
• Christopher Nolan РThe Dark Knight
• Gus van Sant РMilk

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[UPDATE: Sorry. Somehow the comments got disabled on this post yesterday, so I’m bumping it back up to the top to give everyone another chance to make their selections.]

The American Society of Cinematographers announce their nominees today. We’ve expanded the sidebar to include more titles, but you guys might have other favorites.

[UPDATE #2: Nominations announced this morning:]

Roger Deakins, Revolutionary Road
Roger Deakins & Chris Menges, The Reader
Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Claudio Miranda, Benjamin Button
Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

Will any of the following be able to unseat the above nominees for Oscar?

Eduardo Serra, Defiance
Mandy Walker, Australia
Harry Savides, Milk
Stephen Soderbergh, Che
Colin Watkinson, The Fall

(from Variety, thanks to ladylurks)

Picture: “Frost/Nixon”
Actor: Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Actress: Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road,” “The Reader”
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”
Director: Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Screenplay (Original or Adapted): Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”
Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Film Editing: Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill, “Frost/Nixon”
Score: James Newton Howard, “Defiance”
Song: “Another Way to Die,” “Quantum of Solace”
Family Film: “The Spiderwick Chronicles”
Documentary: “Man on Wire”
Animated Film: “Wall-E”
Foreign Film: “Mongol” (Russia)
Costume Design: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Visual Effects: “Iron Man”
Youth in Film: David Kross, “The Reader”

Here is a rundown for the names of the various critics’ groups that have been shortened without explanation over the years:

ACE – Ace Eddie, Editors Guild
ADG – Art Design Guild
AFI – American Film Institute (also Australian Film Institute)
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