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The Cinema Audio Society Honors Mixing Excellence


The King's Speech director Tom Hooper (left) and Taylor Hackford, DGA president.

Comedian and entertainment journalist Sam Rubin hosted the 47th Cinema Audio Society Awards Show at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, downtown L.A., Feb. 19 . Keeping it light, Rubin drew parallels between the aging athletes of the NBA that were also at the Biltmore that night, and the members of CAS. He also swore that no one knew the results of the voting, (the first year to ever have electronic voting), except WikiLeaks.

After a number of announcements and an introduction of the new CAS Board of Directors, president Edward L. Moskowitz, CAS passed the gavel to incoming president David E. Fluhr, CAS. Nolan Gould and Ariel Winter from the TV Comedy Modern Family along with R.D. Floyd read the list of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2010 Emmy award winners and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar nominees.

Top honors of the night for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture was presented by Keith David and Paul N.J. Ottoson, CAS to True Grit and the sound mixing team of production mixer Peter F. Kurland, CAS and re-recording mixers Skip Lievsay, CAS, Craig Berkey, CAS and Greg Orloff, CAS. This is the third CAS win for Kurland who previously won for No Country for Old Men and Walk the Line. This is the second CAS win for Lievsay, Berkey and Orloff who won previously for No Country for Old Men.

The big event of the evening was the CAS Career Achievement award, which Tomlinson Holman, CAS, who won an Academy Sci-Tech award for developing the THX System, and Oscar-winning Haskell Wexler, ASC gave to Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS, also an Oscar winner. The junior Wexler admitted he was going to teach sociology, until his first day as a participant. Since his father, Haskell Wexler, is the well-known cinematographer, he had grown up around film. After seeing the first dailies that he had worked on, he was hooked. He has loyally worked for 34 years with the same boom man, Don Coufal.

The second “special award“ was the CAS Filmmaker Award, given to Taylor Hackford by Tom Hooper and Scott Millan, CAS. Hackford observed that as a filmmaker, “You are never alone. You are in cahoots with those you are working with.” He related several Ray Charles stories, but it was obvious he was moved by the fact that Charles had left money to help children with hearing disabilities and that Charles had told him, “I’ve lived my whole life without sight, but I could not live without sound!” Hackford went on to talk about every mixer he had worked with.

The outstanding achievement in sound mixing for a television movie or mini-series award was given by Jack McGee and Lee Orloff, CAS to Temple Grandin and the sound mixing team of production mixer Ethan Andrus and re-recording mixer Rick Ash. This is Ash’s fourth CAS win in this category having won previously for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Lackawanna Blues and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Actress Marina Sirtis from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Tom Fleishman handed out the award for outstanding achievement in sound mixing for television non-fiction, variety or music – series or specials to re-recording mixer Bob Bronow, CAS for Deadliest Catch: Redemption Day. This is the third CAS win for Bronow and Deadliest Catch in this category.

Marisa Ramirez and Mike Minkler, CAS gave the outstanding achievement in sound mixing for television series award to Boardwalk Empire (“A Return to Normalcy,” Episode 12) and the sound mixing team of production sound mixer Franklin D. Stettner, CAS and re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman, CAS. Fleischman won a previous CAS award for 24.

The award for outstanding achievement in sound mixing for DVD original programming was presented by Bai Ling and John Coffey to 30 Days of Night: Dark Days and the sound mixing team of production mixer Michael Williamson, CAS and Eric Lalicata, CAS. This is Williamson’s first CAS win, having been previously nominated three times.

Frank Morrone, CAS and Phillip Palmer, CAS announced two technical achievement awards – for production, which went to Schoeps CMIT2U Shotgun Microphone, and postproduction, which went to iZotope RX 2. Sam Rubin couldn’t understand why a product called a “Digital Snake” didn’t win.


Venue: The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Classic L.A. vintage elegance.

Parking: By Valet, or the cheaper self parking at nearby Pershing Square.

Food n’ Booze: Usual cash bars in the anteroom with Hors d’oeuvres. Trio Entrées of medallion of beef tenderloin, Five spice chicken breast and porcini crusted sea bass (guaranteed not endangered Chilean). Desert trio of fruit tart, NY cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake. For the first time, they kept the cash bar and coffee cart going for a while after the show, which was nice since the NBA all-Stars had all the local bar space.

Swag: A nice bag of goodies, (thank you Dorothea Sargent), which included: a Dolby water bottle, as well as a Disney Post Production Services water bottle; a K-Tek yo-yo, 1/2 Lb of Celtic sea salt; retractable ear buds, Sound Partners hearing protectors; Universal Studios LED mini Flashlight; Dr Dan’s Corti lip balm; an $85.00 gift coupon for Amy Edwards Hair Design; a $100.00 gift certificate towards a $300 purchase at Abundance Plus Size Boutique; 10% off all products and services at, as well as a free dog agility class; free admission for two to the Hollywood Museum; a certificate for $500.00 off a new spa at American Softub Co.; the soundtrack album and art book for How To Train Your Dragon; A CAS coffee mug; a copy of the Daily Variety, and the special awards session copy of Below The Line. All the goodies were in a CAS/Warner Bros. Sound tote bag.

Memorable Line: A long-running show, Sam Rubin quipped just before the last award, “We only rented the room for twelve hours.”

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