Anna Behlmer to Receive CAS Career Achievement Award

Multiple CAS and Oscar-nominated re-recording mixer Anna Behlmer will receive the Cinema Audio Societys highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award, to be presented at the 54th CAS Awards on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza.

“It’s truly an honor to announce the selection of Anna Behlmer for our Career Achievement Award, says CAS President Mark Ulano. “Anna is a world-renowned re-recording mixer with a huge portfolio of iconic credits. Her longtime collaborations with filmmakers and her work on over 150 projects is a testament to her excellence and creativity. She is a beloved figure, and I take great pleasure in announcing the recognition of Anna and her terrific body of work.” Behlmer, who grew up in Hollywood not far from Glen Glenn and Todd-AO, never thought she would be involved in the film business, but after helping a friend out at the famed Ryder Sound, she was encouraged to get a union card. I was advised to go to Glen Glenn Sound because they had two women working there, and a woman in charge of scheduling and hiring crews, she recalls.I walked into Jan Olson’s office and asked her to help me, and she said yes.” Her first call was on the Paramount lot working on Laverne and Shirley and Happy Days as a Y-15 loader. She then went to work in the new Glen Glenn building on stage 2 doing mostly TV and was promoted to recordist working with Gary Bourgeois. Glen Glenn merged with Todd-AO and they developed a mixer training program. In 1989, with the encouragement of JR Delang, Chris Jenkins and Bourgeois, Behlmer joined the program; there were no female re-recording mixers at that time. “I never looked back. I found something that was fun, that I loved doing and that I had an aptitude for,” Behlmer says.

She stayed at Todd-AO and worked with the great Richard Portman for several years, before beginning an almost 20-year collaboration with Andy Nelson. In 1996, Behlmer became the first woman to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Sound Mixing category for Braveheart. The following year there was a second Oscar nomination for Evita, and she has added eight more for L.A. Confidential, The Thin Red Line, Moulin Rouge!, Seabiscuit, The Last Samurai, War of the Worlds, Blood Diamond and  Star Trek.

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