‘Gravity’ Sounds Best to Cinema Audio Society

Other winners include “Frozen,” “Game of Thrones,” “Modern Family”

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

“Gravity” won the feature-film award for sound mixing at the 50th annual CAS Awards, which were handed out by the Cinema Audio Society on Saturday night.

“Frozen” won the award for sound mixing in an animated feature, while television awards went to “Game of Thrones,” “Modern Family,” “Behind the Candelabra” and the documentary “History of the Eagles.”

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“Gravity,” which is set in the largely sound-free outer reaches of Earth orbit, won over a field that included three other Oscar nominees in the sound-mixing category, “Captain Phillips,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Lone Survivor.” “The Hobbit” received the fifth Oscar spot, while the CAS went with “Iron Man 3.”

“Gravity” and “Captain Phillips” are considered the Oscar frontrunners, though the award often goes to films that feature music prominently, as “Inside Llewyn Davis” does.

The CAS winner has gone on to win the sound-mixing Oscar 11 times in the last 20 years, including five of the last seven years.

“Gravity” and “Captain Phillips” were the big feature-film winners at the other awards show devoted to sound, the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards. Sound editing has a separate Oscars category as well.

Also read: ‘Gravity,’ ‘Captain Phillips’ Win Sound Editing Awards

The show also included a special tribute to audio pioneer Ray Dolby, who died in September.

Veteran sound mixer Andy Nelson (“Les Miserables,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Avatar”) received the CAS Career Achievement Award, while director Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai,” “Blood Diamond,” “Legends of the Fall”) was given the 2014 Filmmaker Award.

The ceremony took place in the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The winners:

Motion Picture – Live Action:
“Gravity”
Production Mixer -Chris Munro, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Skip Lievsay, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Niv Adiri
Re-recording Mixer — Christopher Benstead
Scoring Mixer — Gareth Cousins
ADR Mixer — Thomas J. O’Connell
Foley Mixer – Adam Mendez

Motion Picture – Animated:
“Frozen”
Original Dialogue Mixer — Gabriel Guy
Re-recording Mixer — David E. Fluhr, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gabriel Guy
Scoring Mixer — Casey Stone
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang

Television Movie or Mini-Series:
“Behind the Candelabra”
Production Mixer — Dennis Towns
Re-recording Mixer — Larry Blake
Scoring Mixer -Thomas Vicari
Foley Mixer — Scott Curtis

Television Series – 1 Hour:
“Game of Thrones”: “The Rains of Castamere”
Production Mixer – Ronan Hill, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Mathew Waters, CAS
Foley Mixer — Brett Voss

Television Series – ½ Hour:
“Modern Family”: “Goodnight Gracie”
Production Mixer — Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Dean Okrand
Re-recording Mixer — Brian Harman, CAS

Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Special:
“History of the Eagles – Part One”
Re-Recording Mixer – Tom Fleischman, CAS
Re-Recording Mixer – Elliott Scheiner

Technical Achievement Awards
Production: Sound Devices, LLC – 633 Mixer/Recorder
Post Production: 
iZotope – RX 3 Advanced