The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) has announced that it will give filmmaker George Clooney its Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award at its 57th Annual CAS Awards celebration, to be held virtually on April 17. Clooney is being recognized as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry.
On the decision, CAS President Karol Urban said, “The CAS could not be more excited to honor Mr. George Clooney with our Filmmaker Award,” said “George embodies a strength of character that not only shows in the integrity and preeminence of his works but in the way he regards and is regarded by his creative teams and collaborators. In such a time of uncertainty, his hardworking, innovative, and generous demeanor and body of exceptional films and television projects makes him an especially exemplary filmmaker for 2020.”
Clooney will be the 16th CAS Filmmaker Honoree. Past honorees have included: James Mangold, Steven Spielberg, Joe Wright, Jon Favreau, Jay Roach, Richard Linklater, Edward Zwick, Jonathan Demme, Rob Marshall, Taylor Hackford, Henry Selick, Paul Mazursky, Bill Condon, Gil Cates and Quentin Tarantino.
Also, being honored that evening with the CAS Career Achievement Award is previously announced honoree Production Sound Mixer, William B. Kaplan CAS. The CAS Awards will honor Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing in seven categories for film and television, as well as present the CAS Student Recognition Award and Outstanding Product Awards.
Clooney’s achievements as a performer and a filmmaker have earned him, in part, two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, four SAG Awards, one BAFTA award, an Emmy, and an American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. When Clooney received his eighth Academy Award nomination, he earned a special spot in the Oscar record books. He has now been nominated in more categories than anyone else in Oscar history.
Through his production company Smokehouse Pictures, Clooney’s current project is The Midnight Sky for Netflix which was released at the end of 2020. Clooney not only directed the film but starred in it as well. Next up, Clooney will direct and produce The Tender Bar, based on the J.R Moehringer’s memoir of the same name, alongside his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov for Amazon Studios
Among the films he has produced, directed and/or starred in include Suburbicon, Money Monster, Our Brand is Crisis, and The Monuments Men. In 2016, he also starred in Hail, Caesar!, Gravity, Tomorrowland. Other Smokehouse films include the Academy Award winning drama Argo, August: Osage County, and The Ides of March.
You can read the rest of Clooney’s bio and learn more about the 57th Annual CAS Awards at CinemaAudioSociety.org.
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