Jay Roach To Receive Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award

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Four-time Emmy Award–winner Jay Roach (pictured) will receive the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award at the 52nd Annual CAS Awards on February 20 at the historic Millennium-Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. Roach will be the 11th CAS Filmmaker Honoree. 

“Jay has invited us to think and laugh as a storyteller and filmmaker,” says CAS president Mark Ulano, who worked with Roach on Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. “As a director, writer and producer, Jay is a proven triple talent in the entertainment world and we are honored to present him with the CAS Filmmaker Award."

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Roach graduated with an economics degree from Stanford University in 1980 and later went on to receive his masters degree in film production from the University of Southern California in 1986.

Roach was awarded a total of four Emmy Awards for his directing on the made for television movies Recount in 2008 and Game Change in 2012. He is the director of Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo, one of Hollywood’s blacklisted screenwriters in the 1940s. The film also stars Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren and Diane Lane. In addition, Roach is known for directing movies such as Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, the Austin Powers trilogyand The Campaign.

Along with directing, Roach has also spent time as a producer on a number of moves including 50 First Dates, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Borat  and Little Fockers. As a producer, his latest film, Sisters, stars Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as two sisters who throw one last house party before their parents sell their childhood home. 

Past CAS Filmmaker Honorees have been: Quentin Tarantino, Gil Cates, Bill Condon, Paul Mazursky, Henry Selick, Taylor Hackford, Rob Marshall, Jonathan Demme, Edward Zwick and Richard Linklater.

Also being honored with the CAS Career Achievement Award is previously announced recipient Doc Kane.  Past honorees include: Gene Catamessa, Jack Solomon, John Bonner, Bill Varney, Don Rogers, Walter Murch, Jim Webb, Richard Portman, Willie Burton, Tomlinson Holman, Mike Minkler, Ed Greene, Dennis Sands, Randy Thom, Jeffrey S. Wexler, Scott Millan, Chris Newman, Andy Nelson and David Macmillan.

During the awards ceremony the CAS with also present the CAS Student Recognition Award to one of five student finalists: Joseph Elfanbaum of Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia; Lauren Johnson of the University of Southern California; Gerrald Vazquez of Chapman University in Orange, Calif.;

Matt Yocumof Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia; and Joanna Zachariasz of Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK.

The 52nd CAS Awards dinner will also honor Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing in six categories: Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Television Movies and Mini- Series, Television Series-One Hour, Television Series-Half Hour, Television-Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials.

The winners of the CAS Technical Achievement Awards for Production and Post-Production will also be announced at the dinner. 

The Cinema Audio Society, a philanthropic, non-profit organization, was formed in 1964 for the purpose of sharing information with Sound Professionals in the Motion Picture and Television Industry.

On the evening of the Awards the Cinema Audio Society Website will be updated in real time as the winners are announced.

Visit the CAS at cinemaaudiosociety.org.