Cinema Audio Society Likes the Sound of ‘Hugo,’ ‘Moneyball’

“Hanna,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Super 8” also receive nominations from sound mixing group

"Hanna," "Hugo," "Moneyball," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Super 8" sounded best in 2011, according to the members of the Cinema Audio Society.

The CAS, a non-profit organization of sound professionals that honors the best achievements in sound mixing each year, nominated those films for its top feature film award on Thursday.

HugoOnly "Hugo" (left) and "Moneyball" are in the running for the top Oscars, though the nominations may well overlap with the Academy's sound categories.

Last year's CAS feature film winner, "True Grit," was nominated for the Sound Mixing Oscar but lost to "Inception." The previous year's winner, "The Hurt Locker," won the Oscar.

In the television categories, the CAS went for a variety of shows – unlike last year, when four episodes of "The Pacific" competed against each other in the movies and mini-series category.

HBO had a typically strong showing, landing nominations for the movies "Cinema Verite" and "Too Big to Fail," the miniseries "Mildred Pierce" and the series "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones." Other TV nominees include "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" and "Dexter."

The strangest category combines television documentaries, variety and music shows, and resulted in a competition between the historical documentary "American Experience – Triangle Fire," the chess doc "Bobby Fischer Against the World," the fishing show "Deadliest Catch: New Blood" and two musical performances, the Metropolitan Opera doing John Adams' "Nixon in China" and Lady Gaga's Monster Ball tour.

The other Hollywood group that honors sound, the Motion Picture Sound Editors, will release its nominations on Friday. Unlike the CAS, it nominates a broad range of films in a variety of categories.

The CAS Awards will be presented on February 18 in the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The CAS Career Achievement Award will be presented to Scott Millan, and the CAS Filmmaker Award will go to Rob Marshall.

The nominees:


Production Mixer: Roland Winke
Re-recording Mixers: Christopher Scarabosio, Craig Berkey, CAS
Scoring Mixer: Andrew Dudman

Production Mixer: John Midgley
Re-recording Mixer: Tom Fleischman, CAS
Scoring Mixer: Simon Rhodes

Production Mixer: Ed Novick
Re-recording Mixers: Deb Adair, CAS, Ron Bochar, CAS, David Giammarco
Scoring Mixer: Brad Haenel

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Production Mixer: Lee Orloff, CAS
Re-recording Mixers: Paul Massey, CAS, Chris Boyes
Scoring Mixer: Alan Meyerson

Super 8
Production Mixer: Mark Ulano, CAS
Re-recording Mixers: Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer
Scoring Mixer: Dan Wallin


Cinema Verite
Production Mixer: Petur Hliddal
Re-recording Mixers: Lora Hirschberg, Scott Lewis, Douglas Murray
Scoring Mixer: Greg Townley

Production Mixer: Shane Connelly
Re-recording Mixers: Mark Hensley, Tamara Johnson, CAS

The Kennedys: Hour 7
Production Mixer: Henry Embry, CAS
Re-recording Mixer: Frank Morrone, CAS, Stephen Traub
Scoring Mixer: Larold Rebhun

Mildred Pierce : Part 5
Production Mixer: Drew Kunin
Re-recording Mixer: Leslie Shatz
Scoring Mixer: Todd Whitelock

Too Big to Fail
Production Mixer: James J. Sabat, CAS
Re-recording Mixers: Chris Jenkins, Robert J. Beemer, CAS
Scoring Mixer: Chris Fogel


Boardwalk Empire – To The Lost
Production Mixer: Franklin D. Stettner, CAS
Re-recording Mixers: Tom Fleischman, CAS

Breaking Bad – Face Off
Production Mixer: Darryl L. Frank, CAS
Re-recording Mixers: Jeffery Perkins, Eric Justen

Dexter – Just Let Go
Production Mixer: Greg Agalsoff
Re-recording Mixers: Pete Elia, CAS, Kevin Roache, CAS

Game of Thrones – Baelor
Production Mixer: Ronan Hill
Re-recording Mixers: Mark Taylor, Doug Andham, CAS

The Walking Dead – What Lies Ahead
Production Mixer: Bartek Swiatek, CAS
Re-recording Mixers: Gary D. Rogers, CAS, Daniel J. Hiland, CAS


American Experience – Triangle Fire
Production Mixer: G. John Garrett, CAS
Production Mixer: Rick Angelella
Production Mixer: Everett Wong
Re-recording Mixer: Coll Anderson

Bobby Fischer Against the World
Production Sound: Mark Maloof
Re-recording Mixer: Bill Marino

Deadliest Catch: New Blood
Re-recording Mixer: Bob Bronow, CAS

Great Performances At The Met: Nixon in China
Re-recording Mixer: Ken Hahn, CAS
Music Mixer: Jay Saks

Lady Gaga Monster Ball TourProduction Mixer: John Harris
Re-recording Mixer: Brian Riordan, CAS

Cinema Audio Society Technical Awards:


Calrec Apollo Broadcast Mixing Console (software release 1.6 and later)
Movie Slate Sound Dept. Plugin by Pureblend Software
Remote Audio Meon LiFe
Yamaha 01V96i Digital Mixer
Zaxcom Nomad Production Sound System


Acheron Designer Screen Channel Loudspeaker
Avid Pro Tools 10
Avid Eucon Protocol Version 2.6.2
Dolby Media Meter 2
Izotope Ozone 5 Advanced