Sound for Film: Awards Season 2017

The Oscars, MPSE Golden Reels and CAS Awards

It’s the beginning of the year, which means it’s time to hand out the awards for the best in sound for film—the Academy Awards, the MPSE Golden Reels and the CAS Awards. Flip the page for a look at the sound teams behind 12 films that might just take home the awards. And scan below for the important dates surrounding nominations and voting, along with a few special awards to be handed out this year.


The 89th annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2017, and of the 13 awards handed out, two will recognize outstanding contributions in sound: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Last year, Mad Max: Fury Road took home both statues, with Mark Mangini and David White earning Best Sound Editing and Chris Jenkins Gregg Rudloff, Ben Osmo for Best Sound Mixing.

Academy Dates of Note

January 5, 2017                                                   Nominations voting opens 

January 13, 2017                                                Nominations voting closes

January 24, 2017                                                Oscar Nominations Announced

February 6, 2017                                                Oscar Nominees Luncheon

February 11, 2017                                              Scientific and Technical Awards 

February 13, 2017                                              Finals voting opens 

February 21, 2017                                              Finals voting closes

February 26, 2017                                              89th Academy Awards


Guillermo del Toro, Harry Cohen to Receive Honorary Awards

Founded in 1953, the Motion Picture Sound Editors is a nonprofit organization of professional sound and music editors who work in the motion picture, television and gaming industries.

The 64th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony will take place on February 19 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

MPSE Dates of Note

January 9, 2017                                 Final entry forms due

January 11, 2017                               Nomination Voting Begins

January 25, 2017                               Nomination Voting Ends

February 19, 2017                              64th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards


The CAS Awards honor Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing in seven categories: Motion Pictures, Animated Motion Pictures, Documentary Motion Pictures, Television Movies and Mini-Series, Television Series-One Hour, Television Series-Half Hour and Television-Non-Fiction, Variety, Music Series or Specials.

The 53rd Annual CAS Awards will be held on February 18, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. A special part of the evening will be devoted to the annual Student Filmmakers Awards.

CAS Dates of Note (all voting online only)

December 19, 2016                            Nomination Ballot Voting Begins

January 1, 2017                                   Nomination Ballot Voting Ends

January 10, 2017                                 Final Nominees Announced

January 25, 2017                                 Final Voting Begins

February 12, 2017                               Final Voting Ends

February 18, 2017                               53rd Annual CAS Awards