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Cinema Audio Society Thinks ‘Interstellar’ Sounds Just Fine

The film’s controversial sound mix joins ”Birdman,“ ”American Sniper,“ ”Unbroken“ and ”Guardians of the Galaxy“ in CAS nominations


Complaints about the sound mix on Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” clearly didn’t have much influence on the members of the Cinema Audio Society, who on Tuesday made the film one of the five nominees for the best feature-film sound mix of 2014.

“Interstellar” joined “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Unbroken” in receiving nominations for the 2014 CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing, which will be presented on Feb. 14 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

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Missing from the roster of nominees were the action movies “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “Godzilla” and “Fury,” as well as the music-oriented films “Into the Woods,” “Get on Up” and “Whiplash.”

In the last five years, about two-thirds of CAS nominees have gone on to receive Oscar nominations for sound mixing, with the winners agreeing four out of five times.

“Big Hero 6,” “The Boxtrolls,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “The Lego Movie” and “Penguins of Madagascar” were nominated in the animated-film category.

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The CAS also announced nominees in four television categories. One-hour series nominees were “Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “True Detective” and “The Walking Dead,” while half-hour series nominations went to “Family Guy,” “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Veep.”

“American Horror Story,” “Fargo,” “Houdini,” “The Normal Heart” and “Sherlock: His Last Vow” were nominated in the TV movie or miniseries category.

Non-fiction television nominees included two music specials, “Foo Fighters Sonic Highway” and “2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” along with episodes of “Deadliest Catch,” “Cosmos” and “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

The other group that gives awards for sound, the Motion Picture Sound Editors, will announce its nominees on Wednesday.

Also read: Writers Guild Nominations Include ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Imitation Game’

The nominations:


“American Sniper”
Production Mixer — Walt Martin, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gregg Rudloff
Re-recording Mixer — John Reitz
Scoring Mixer — Robert Fernandez
ADR Mixer — Thomas J. O’Connell
Foley Mixer — James Ashwell

“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

“Guardians of the Galaxy”
Production Mixer — Simon Hayes, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Lora Hirschberg
Re-recording Mixer — Christopher Boyes
Scoring Mixer — Gustavo Borner
ADR Mixer — Doc Kane
Foley Mixer — Chris Manning

Production Mixer — Mark Weingarten, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gary A. Rizzo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gregg Landaker
Scoring Mixer — Alan Meyerson, CAS
ADR Mixer — Thomas J. O’Connell
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang, CAS

Production Mixer — David Lee
Re-recording Mixer — Jon Taylor, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Frank A. Montaño
Scoring Mixer — Jonathan Allen
ADR Mixer — Paul Drenning, CAS
Foley Mixer — John Guentner


“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

“The Boxtrolls”
Original Dialogue Mixer – Carlos Sotolongo
Re-recording Mixer — Tom Myers
Re-recording Mixer — Ren Klyce
Re-recording Mixer — Nathan Nance
Scoring Mixer — Nick Wollage
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang, CAS

“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
Original Dialogue Mixer — Tighe Sheldon
Re-recording Mixer — Randy Thom, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Shawn Murphy
Re-recording Mixer — Brandon Proctor
Scoring Mixer — Shawn Murphy
Foley Mixer — Corey Tyler

“The Lego Movie”
Original Dialogue Mixer — Thomas J. O’Connell
Re-recording Mixer — Michael Semanick, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gregg Rudloff
Re-recording Mixer — Wayne Pashley
Scoring Mixer — Brad Haehnel
Foley Mixer — John Simpson

“Penguins of Madagascar”
Original Dialogue Mixer — Tighe Sheldon
Re-recording Mixer — Paul N.J. Ottosson, CAS
Scoring Mixer — Dennis Sands, CAS
Foley Mixer — Randy K. Singer, CAS


“American Horror Story: Monsters Among Us”
Production Mixer — Bruce Litecky, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Joe Earle, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Doug Andham, CAS
ADR Mixer — Evan Daum
Foley Mixer — Kyle Billingsley

“Fargo: Part 2 – The Rooster Prince”
Production Mixer — Michael Playfair, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — David Raines, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Mark Server
ADR Mixer — Andrew Morgado

“Houdini: Part 1”
Production Mixer — Tamas Csaba, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Ken Burton, CAS
ADR Mixer — Chris Navarro, CAS

“The Normal Heart”
Production Mixer — Drew Kunin
Re-recording Mixer — Joe Earle, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Doug Andham, CAS
ADR Mixer — Beauxregard Neylon
Foley Mixer — Scott Curtis

“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


“Boardwalk Empire: Friendless Child”
Production Mixer — Franklin D. Stettner, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Tom Fleischman, CAS
ADR Mixer — Mark DeSimone, CAS
Foley Mixer — George Lara, CAS

“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

“Homeland: Redux”
Production Mixer — Diethard Keck
Re-recording Mixer — Nello Torri, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Alan M. Decker, CAS
ADR Mixer — Stephen Webster
Foley Mixer — Shawn Kennelly

“True Detective: Who Goes There”
Production Mixer — Geoffrey Patterson, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Martin Czembor

“The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary”
Production Mixer — Michael P. Clark, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Gary D. Rogers, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Daniel J. Hiland, CAS


Family Guy:  The Simpsons Guy”
Production Mixer — Patrick Clark
Re-recording Mixer — James Fitzpatrick, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Arman Steiner

“Modern Family: Australia”
Production Mixer — Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Dean Okrand, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Brian Harman, CAS

“Nurse Jackie: The Lady With the Lamp”
Production Mixer — Jan McLaughlin, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Peter Waggoner

“Parks and Recreation: Moving Up”
Production Mixer — Steven Michael Morantz, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — John W. Cook II, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Robert Carr, CAS

“Veep:  Detroit”
Production Mixer — William Macpherson


Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey – Standing Up in the Milky Way”
Re-recording Mixer — Mark Hensley
Re-recording Mixer — Joel D. Catalan
ADR Mixer — Paul Aranoff
Foley Mixer — David Torres

“Deadliest Catch – Lost at Sea”
Re-Recording Mixer — Bob Bronow, CAS

“Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Los Angeles”
Re-Recording Mixer – Eddie Kim
Sound Mixer – Jeff Fuller

“2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony”
Re-Recording Mixer — Brian Riordan, CAS
Re-Recording Mixer — Jamie Ledner
Music Mixer — Jay Vicari
Music Mixer — Bob Clearmountain

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History – Part 3- The Fire of Life”
Re-Recording Mixer — Dominick Tavella, CAS
Pre-production Mixer – Lou Verrico


Michael Cullen
Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts – Orange, CA

Heather Fink
New York University, Graduate Program

John Harton
Savannah College of Art & Design – Savannah, GA

Danny Maurer
University of Colorado Denver

Alyssa Schwartzberg
Brooklyn College