Sunday, February 19, 2012

2012 Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards - winners

On Saturday night, the Cinema Audio Society held the ceremony for their 48th Cinema Audio Society Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing.

In the Motion Picture category, Hugo emerged as the winner. It had been competing against Hanna, Moneyball, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Super 8. Hugo leads the nominees at the 84th Academy Awards too with eleven, mostly because the presumed favourite The Artist is a silent film and thus didn't get either of the two nominations for sound while Hugo did.

The winners for television were Too Big to Fail, Boardwalk Empire and Deadliest Catch: New Blood.

The related sound group Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) holds their Golden Reel Awards later tonight, Sunday, February 19.

Most people do not understand the difference between sound editing (the finding and/or creating of sounds including dialogue and foley) or sound mixing (the blending of recorded sounds including dialogue, music and effects). Both the Cinema Audio Society and the Academy confuse the issue further by including the Production Mixer (who together with the boom operator records the sound on set) as part of the mixing team. While the Production Mixer is crucial to filmmaking, I don't see how one decides who is awards-worthy in that position. I think it would be sensible to merge both sound categories, at least at the Oscars.


Complete list of winners from the 48th Cinema Audio Society Awards

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

Television Movies and Mini-Series
Too Big to Fail
Production Mixer: James J. Sabat, CAS
Re-recording Mixers: Chris Jenkins; Bob Beemer, CAS
Scoring Mixer: Chris Fogel

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

Television – Non-Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials
Deadliest Catch: New Blood
Re-recording Mixer: Bob Bronow, CAS

Technical Achievement Award – Production
Zaxcom Nomad Production Sound System

Technical Achievement Award – Post Production
Avid Pro Tools 10

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