Anne Hathaway and Jonathan Demme at the 49th Cinema Audio Society Awards
Photo: Ana Gibert Photography
On Saturday, February 16, the 49th Annual CAS Awards dinner took place in Los Angeles in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. The program celebrated the professional contributions of Production Sound Mixer Chris Newman, CAS, with the CAS Career Achievement Award, presented by CAS and Academy Award winner Tom Fleischman, CAS, and CAS Filmmaker Honoree Jonathan Demme. Academy Award–winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) was presented with the CAS Filmmaker Award.
A three-time Academy Award winner for The English Patient, Amadeus and The Exorcist, Newman previously won a CAS Award for The English Patient. Newman, Demme and Fleischman have collaborated on many films, including The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate, Married to the Mob and Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
The Les Misérables team of Production Mixer Simon Hayes, Re-Recording Mixers Andy Nelson and Mark Paterson, Scoring Mixer Jonathan Allen, ADR Mixer Robert Edwards and Foley Mixer Pete Smith won Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture—Live Action.
Brave took top honors in the newly added category of Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture—Animated. The wining sound mixing team comprised Original Dialogue Mixer Bobby Johanson, Re-Recording Mixers Tom Johnson and Gary Rydstrom (CAS), Scoring Mixer Andrew Dudman, and Foley Mixer Frank Rinella.
“This is a very special honor for me on many fronts,” says Demme. “Chris Newman is one of the true geniuses that I have been blessed to collaborate with over the years. And for me to receive an award from the sound community, after a career of sound-obsessive film making, is just fantastic, a huge honor. I am so grateful and humbled by this.”
Presenting Demme's award was Les Miserablés Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, who starred in Demme’s Rachel Getting Married. “If you know Jonathan’s outstanding work as a director, then you know that he is a genius at making movies,” Hathaway says. “And if you know Jonathan, then you know he is a genius at living beautifully.” Presenting with Hathaway was two-time Oscar winner Willie D. Burton, CAS (Dreamgirls, Bird), who served as production sound mixer on Demme’s Beloved. Frances Fisher, Carolyn Hennesy, Rico Rodriguez and Lorraine Toussaint were on hand to present awards to the evening’s winners.
During the evening, there was a poignant tribute to Stefan Kudelski, inventor of the Nagra, said to be the first professional portable recorder. Tomlinson Holman, CAS, who received an Academy Award for his role in creating the THX loudspeaker system, recounted his relationship with the late inventor and presented rare video footage of an interview with Kudelski by CAS member Omar Milano. The complete video interview is part of the personal collection of Milano.
Other CAS Award winners included:
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movie or Mini-Series:
Hatfields & McCoys
Production Mixer Dragos Stanomir, Re-Recording Mixers Christian Cooke and Brad Zoern, Scoring Mixer Jeffrey A. Vaughn, CAS, ADR Mixer Eric Apps and Foley Mixer Peter Persaud
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series—One Hour:
Homeland: "Beirut is Back"
Production Mixer Larry Long, Re-Recording Mixers Nello Torri, CAS, and Alan M. Decker, CAS, ADR Mixer Paul Drenning and Foley Mixer Shawn Kennelly
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series—Half Hour:
Modern Family: "Disneyland"
Production Mixer Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS, and 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:
2012 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
Re-Recording Mixers Brian Riordan, CAS and Jamie Ledner
The winners of the CAS Technical Achievement Awards:
Production: Sound Devices 664 Field Production Mixer with RecorderPost-Production: Dolby Atmos
Visit the Cinema Audio Society online at cinemaaudiosociety.org.