50th Annual CAS Award Winners

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Composer/conductor John Williams (left) and Re-Recording Mixer Andy Nelson, who received the CAS Career Achievement Award at the 50th CAS Awards.

Photo: Ana Gibert

The 50th CAS Awards were presented on Saturday, February 22 in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The evening’s presenters were, in alphabetical order: Richard Grieco, Bethany Joy Lenz, Michael O’Neill and Penny Peyser.

The sound mixing team for the feature film Gravity—Chris Munro, CAS; Re-Recording Mixers Skip Lievsay, CAS, Niv Adiri and Christopher Benstead; Scoring Mixer Gareth Cousins; ADR Mixers Chris Navarro, CAS and Thomas J. O’Connell; and Foley Mixer Adam Fil Mendez—won Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture, Live Action.

The top honors in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture—Animated went to the film Frozen and its sound mixing team of Original Dialog Mixer Gabriel Guy; Re-Recording Mixers David E. Fluhr, CAS, and Gabriel Guy; Scoring Mixer Casey Stone; and Foley Mixer Mary Jo Lang.

Held in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s famed Crystal Ballroom and hosted by Doug McIntyre, the program also celebrated the professional contributions of Re-Recording Mixer Andy Nelson by honoring him with the CAS Career Achievement Award. A two-time CAS and Academy Award winner for Les Misérables and Saving Private Ryan, Nelson was feted by Academy Award winning composer John Williams, Twentieth Century Fox President of Feature Post-Production Ted Gagliano and CAS President, David Fluhr.

Nelson stated: "Receiving this award from the CAS is such an honor because it's from my peers, people who love this craft as much as I do, and I am humbled by their generosity and commitment to excellence."

Among other highlights, Academy Award winning producer Edward Zwick (Shakespeare in Love) was presented with the CAS Filmmaker Award. Zwick and CAS Career Achievement Honoree Nelson collaborated on Zwick’s CAS and Oscar nominated Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai as well as Love and Other Drugs, Defiance and Courage Under Fire. Presenting his award were Anna Behlmer and Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS.

During the evening, there was a poignant tribute to Ray Dolby, inventor and founder of Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Exec David W. Gray presented the tribute that included archival footage of Ray Dolby accepting the CAS Life Achievement Award at the 1989 CAS Awards.

Celebrating their 50th year, the CAS chose to have eight past presidents of the CAS present awards in the various categories: James A. Corbett, Michael Minkler, Gary Bourgeois, Edwin J. Somers, Robert Deschaine, Steve Hawk, Melissa Hofmann and Edward L. Moskowitz.

The CAS also honored the following winners in the following categories:

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movie or Mini-Series:
Behind The Candelabra
Production Mixer Dennis Towns, Re-Recording Mixer Larry Blake, Scoring Mixer Thomas Vicari, Foley Mixer Scott Curtis

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series—One Hour:
Game Of Thrones: 'The Rains of Castamere'
Production Mixers Ronan Hill, CAS, and Richard Dyer; Re-Recording Mixers Onnalee Blank, CAS, and Matthew Waters, CAS; Foley Mixer Brett Voss

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series—Half Hour:
Modern Family: 'Goodnight Gracie'
Production Mixer Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS; Re-Recording Mixers Dean Okrand and Brian R. Harman, CAS

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Non Fiction, Variety or Music—Series or Specials:
History of The Eagles—Part One
Re-recording Mixers Tom Fleischman, CAS, and Elliot Scheiner

The winners of the 10th CAS Technical Achievement Awards:

Production: Sound Devices 633 Mixer/Recorder

Post-Production: iZotope RX 3 Advanced

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