The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) has announced that Production Sound Mixer William B. Kaplan will receive the organization’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award, presented at the 57th CAS Awards on Saturday, April 17, 2021. It hasn’t been determined whether the ceremony will take place live in downtown Los Angeles or virtually, as has been the case with most 2020 awards ceremonies.
Kaplan is a seven-time Oscar nominee for films, such as the late Tony Scott‘s Crimson Tide and Top Gun, and Robert Zemeckis‘ Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Contact, Castaway, and The Polar Express. He won the CAS Award for his work on Forrest Gump and received three other CAS nominations. He has contributed to 155 feature films and recorded the sound for many motion capture video games, and he is currently working on Apple TV+ series, The Morning Show.
CAS President Karol Urban made the announcement on September 24, saying, “The Cinema Audio Society is delighted to bestow the honor of Career Achievement to Mr. William B. Kaplan CAS. His work consists of decades of exceptional filmmaking. Many of the fruits of his labor remain forever in our hearts and minds as exemplary works of art and staples of global popular culture. His professional journey is an inspiring tale of adventure, not unlike much of the films he has contributed to as a production sound mixer.”
Kaplan responded in turn, “When I was informed that I had been selected, I was astonished. I realize how many amazing, world-class mixers the CAS could have chosen. I was immediately humbled, amazed, and thrilled. I thank the CAS for choosing me.”
You can learn more about the Cinema Audio Society, which was formed in 1964 in order to share information with sound professionals in the motion picture and television industries, at its official site.