'Birdman' Wins Top CAS Sound Mixing Award

The team behind 'Big Hero 6' was honored in animated feature category.

Birdman won the trophy for outstanding sound mixing in a live action feature during the 51st annual Cinema Audio Society Awards, Saturday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

It topped a field of nominees from American Sniper, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar and Unbroken.

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Birdman, American Sniper, Interstellar and Unbroken, along with Whiplash — which last weekend won the BAFTA for sound — are nominated for the Oscar in sound mixing. In the past 12 years, six of the winners of the CAS live action feature category went on to win the Oscar.

In the animated feature category, CAS honored the sound mixers behind Big Hero 6.

Television winners included Game of Thrones, Modern Family and Sherlock. 

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Christopher Nolan presented Boyhood helmer Richard Linklater with the CAS Filmmaker Award. Calling Linklater "an American treasure"  Nolan described Boyhood as his "masterpiece … that gently and persuasively holds up a mirror to the way we live. Richard has done that in the most subtle and wonderful way." Referencing Linklater's Dazed and Confused, Nolan also thanked him for discovering Matthew McConaughey, who most recently starred in Nolan's Interstellar.

Also participating in the presentation to Linklater were production sound mixer John Pritchett and Tricia Linklater, the director's sister, who is director of sound operations at Technicolor on the Paramount Lot.

Accepting, Linklater thanked the sound mixers — "the final word on the film" —  and saluted the community, saying "everyone here's passionate, intelligent and very human."

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Also during the ceremony, production sound mixer David Macmillan — who won Oscars for The Right Stuff, Speed and Apollo 13 — received the CAS Career Achievement Award. He related that he's been teaching and "I love it because I have an avenue to encourage people not just about sound but about film."

Kicking off the show, master of ceremonies Douglas McIntyre greeted attendees to the Valentines Day ceremony, getting laughs when he remarked "nothing says romance like talking shop."

Outgoing CAS president David E. Fluhr (who was also on the Big Hero 6 team) introduced his successor, Mark Ulano.

A student recognition award went to Danny Maurer of the University of Colorado Denver.

The complete list of winners follows.

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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

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TELEVISION MOVIE or MINISERIES
 
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 — ONE 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

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TELEVISION SERIES — HALF HOUR

Modern Family: Australia
Production Mixer — Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Dean Okrand, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Brian Harman, CAS
 
TELEVISION NONFICTION, VARIETY or MUSIC SERIES or SPECIALS
 
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Los Angeles
Re-Recording Mixer — Eddie Kim
Sound Mixer — Jeff Fuller

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD-PRODUCTION

Sound Devices — Dante and MADI Audio Recorder model 970

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD — POSTPRODUCTION

iZotope — RX4-Advanced

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