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Cinema Audio Society Gives Top Sound-Mixing Award to ‘La La Land’

TV awards go to ”Game of Thrones,“ ”Modern Family,“ ”The People v. O.J. Simpson“ and ”Grease Live!“


“La La Land” has won the top feature-film award from the Cinema Audio Society, which handed out its 53rd CAS Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

The film was up against fellow Oscar sound-mixing nominees “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” as well as against “Doctor Strange” and “Sully.”

In the last 20 years of the Cinema Audio Society Awards, the winner has gone on to win the Oscar for sound mixing 11 times, including six times in the last decade.

Only three of the five CAS nominees are also in the running for the Oscar. Academy voters replaced “Doctor Strange” and “Sully” on their list of nominees with “Arrival” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

“La La Land” is the clear Oscar favorite in a category that often goes to high-profile musicals. “Les Miserables” and “Dreamgirls” were other musicals that won both the CAS Award and the Oscar, while “Walk the Line” won at CAS but lost to “King Kong” at the Oscars.

Musical productions won in a couple of other CAS categories, too. “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” won the award for sound mixing in a documentary, while “Grease Live!” won the award for nonfiction, variety or musical TV series or special.

“Finding Dory” won the award for animated film.

TV winners included “Game of Thrones,” “Modern Family” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

The ceremony took place in the Bunker Hill Ballroom at the OMNI Los Angeles hotel in downtown L.A. and was hosted by Elayne Boosler. Seth MacFarlane presented director Jon Favreau with the CAS Filmmaker Award, while Jack Black presented the CAS Career Achievement Award to John Pritchett.

The winners:

Motion Picture – Live Action:”La La Land”
Production Mixer – Steven Morrow, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Andy Nelson, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Ai-Ling Lee
Scoring Mixer – Nicholai Baxter
ADR Mixer – David Betancourt
Foley Mixer – James Ashwill

Motion Picture – Animated: “Finding Dory”
Original Dialogue Mixer – Doc Kane, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Nathan Nance
Re-recording Mixer – Michael Semanick, CAS
Scoring Mixer – Thomas Vicari, CAS
Foley Mixer – Scott Curtis

Motion Picture – Documentary: “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble”
Production Mixer – Dimitri Tisseyre
Production Mixer – Dennis Hamlin
Re-recording Mixer – Peter Horner

Television Movie or Miniseries: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Production Mixer – John Bauman
Re-recording Mixer -Joe Earle, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Doug Andham, CAS
ADR Mixer – Judah Getz
Foley Mixer -John Guentner

Television Series – 1 Hour: “Game of Thrones”: “Battle of the Bastards”
Production Mixer – Ronan Hill, CAS
Production Mixer – Richard Dyer, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Mathew Waters, CAS
Foley Mixer – Brett Voss, CAS

Television Series – 1/2 Hour: “Modern Family”: “The Storm”
Production Mixer – Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Dean Okrand, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Brian R. Harman, CAS

Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials: “Grease Live!”
Production Mixer – J. Mark King
Music Mixer – Biff Dawes
Playback and SFX Mixer – Eric Johnston
Protools Playback Music Mixer – Pablo Munguía

CAS Student Recognition Award: Wenrui “Sam” Fan, Chapman University

Outstanding Product – Production: Cedar DNS2 Dynamic Noise Suppression Unit, Cedar Audio
Outstanding Product – Post: SA-2 Dialog Processor, McDSP