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Cinema Audio Society Likes the Sound of ‘Birdman’

Television sound-mixing awards go to ”Game of Thrones,“ ”Sherlock“ and ”Modern Family“


“Birdman” was named the best-mixed film of 2014 at the Cinema Audio Society’s 51st annual CAS Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Four of the five Oscar nominees in the sound mixing category were competing at the CAS Awards, with Alejandro Inarritu’s wild, percussive black comedy going up against “American Sniper,” “Interstellar” and “Unbroken.” The fifth CAS nominee, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” was replaced by “Whiplash” in the Oscar noms.

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“Big Hero 6” won the award for mixing in an animated film. In the television categories, the winners were “Game of Thrones,” “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” “Modern Family” and the music show “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Los Angeles.”

“Boyhood” director Richard Linklater received the 2015 Filmmaker Award, while the Career Achievement Award went to David Macmillan.

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The ceremony took place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Douglas McIntyre hosted the show, with presenters including directors Christopher Nolan and Rory Kennedy.

On Sunday night, the sound editors will have their turn with the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards.

The winners:


Motion Picture – Live Action: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Production Mixer — Thomas Varga
Re-recording Mixer — Jon Taylor, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Frank A. Montaño
Scoring Mixer — Gustavo Borner
ADR Mixer — Jason Oliver
Foley Mixer – John Sanacore, CAS

Motion Picture – Animated: “Big Hero 6”
Original Dialogue Mixer — Gabriel Guy, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — David E. Fluhr, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gabriel Guy, CAS
Scoring Mixer — Alan Meyerson, CAS
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang, CAS


Television Movie or Mini-Series: “Sherlock: His Last Vow
Production Mixer — John Mooney
Re-recording Mixer — Howard Bargroff
Scoring Mixer — Nick Wollage
ADR Mixer – Peter Gleaves
Foley Mixer — William Everett

Television Series – 1 Hour: “Game of Thrones: The Children”
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: Australia”
Production Mixer — Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Dean Okrand, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Brian Harman, CAS

Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Special: “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Los Angeles”
Re-Recording Mixer – Eddie Kim
Sound Mixer – Jeff Fuller

Technical Achievement Award: Post Production: iZotope – RX4-Advanced
Technical Achievement Award: Production: Sound Devices – Dante and MADI Audio Recorder model 970
CAS Student Recognition Award: Danny Maurer, University of Colorado Denver