Steven Spielberg will receive the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award at the 55th Annual CAS Awards on February 16, 2019, in downtown Los Angeles.
“I am thrilled to announce Steven Spielberg as the CAS Filmmaker Honoree for our 55th CAS Awards,” said CAS president Mark Ulano. “The CAS has recognized Steven’s commitment to sound multiple times, with nominations for Outstanding Sound Mixing and a win for Saving Private Ryan. And, most importantly, we recognize that Steven has had relationships with sound mixers that span more than 25 projects—a strong indicator that a director values the role of sound.”
Spielberg, one of the industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers, has directed, produced, or executive produced some of the top-grossing films of all time. He is a recipient of the DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a Kennedy Center Honor.
Apart from his filmmaking work, Spielberg has devoted his time and resources to philanthropic causes. He established the Righteous Persons Foundation using all his profits from Schindler’s List. He also founded the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which in 2006 became the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.
Also being honored that evening, production sound mixer Lee Orloff, CAS, will receive the CAS Career Achievement Award. The CAS Student Recognition Award will additionally be presented to one of five student finalists.