February 22, 2014 11:00pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
'Gravity' Tops Sound Mixers Awards
The force of Gravity remained strong as its sound-mixing team won the feature film category at the 50th annual Cinema Audio Society Awards for outstanding achievement in sound mixing, Saturday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Gravity -- which last weekend won the BAFTA in the sound competition -- topped a field that included the sound mixers from Captain Phillips, Inside Llewyn Davis, Iron Man 3 and Lone Survivor.
Gravity, Phillips, Llewyn Davis and Lone Survivor are all nominated for the Oscar in sound mixing, along with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
In CAS' other feature competition -- for animated films -- Frozen added another trophy to its collection.
Winners in television categories included Behind the Candelabra, Game of Thrones and Modern Family.During
During the ceremony, Society president David E. Fluhr (who was among the award recipients for Frozen) announced that sound mixer Richard Lightstone, a past president of CAS, and his production sound team were injured during an accident Thursday on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, but they are OK. A second camera assistant on the film, Sarah Elizabeth Jones, died in the accident.
Oscar-winning producer Ed Zwick received the CAS Filmmaker Award. Saluting the sound mixers, he said that after the shoot, he "walks into the mixing stage and there’s a group of people to help you put your movie back together. You are in despair, and this group looks at it for the first time … For making those transitions work, for finding the characters and so much more, I’m very grateful.”
Oscar winning composer John Williams presented the Career Achievement Award to rerecording mixer Andy Nelson, who has received 18 Oscar nominations and 18 CAS nominations, winning both awards twice, for Les Miserables and Saving Private Ryan. The presentation included video messages from J.J. Abrams, Alan Parker and Steven Spielberg.
Also during the ceremony, Dolby's David W. Gray led a tribute to Ray Dolby, the iconic sound pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories. The presentation included footage of Dolby -- who died in September at age 80 -- accepting the CAS Life Achievement Award at the 1989 CAS Awards.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Awards, presenters included Fluhr and eight past presidents including Gary Bourgeois, Melissa Hofmann and Edward L. Moskowitz.
The complete list of 2014 CAS Award winners follow:
MOTION PICTURE – LIVE ACTION
Production Mixer --Chris Munro, CAS
Rerecording Mixer -- Skip Lievsay, CAS
Rerecording Mixer -- Niv Adiri
Rerecording Mixer -- Christopher Benstead
Scoring Mixer -- Gareth Cousins
ADR Mixer -- Thomas J. O'Connell
Foley Mixer – Adam Mendez
MOTION PICTURE -- ANIMATED
Original Dialogue Mixer -- Gabriel Guy
Rerecording Mixer -- David E. Fluhr, CAS
Rerecording Mixer -- Gabriel Guy
Scoring Mixer -- Casey Stone
Foley Mixer -- Mary Jo Lang
TELEVISION MOVIE or MINISERIES
Behind the Candelabra
Production Mixer -- Dennis Towns
Rerecording Mixer -- Larry Blake
Scoring Mixer -- Thomas Vicari
Foley Mixer -- Scott Curtis
TELEVISION SERIES - 1 HOUR
Game of Thrones: "The Rains of Castamere"
Production Mixer – Ronan Hill, CAS
Rerecording Mixer -- Onnalee Blank, CAS
Rerecording Mixer -- Mathew Waters, CAS
Foley Mixer -- Brett Voss
TELEVISION SERIES – 1/2 HOUR
Modern Family: "Goodnight Gracie"
Production Mixer -- Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Rerecording Mixer -- Dean Okrand
Rerecording Mixer -- Brian Harman, CAS
TELEVISION NON-FICTION, VARIETY or MUSIC SERIES or SPECIALS
History of the Eagles - Part One
Rerecording Mixer -- Tom Fleischman, CAS
Rerecording Mixer -- Elliot Scheiner
Technical Achievement Awards
Sound Devices, LLC -- 633 Mixer/Recorder
iZotope -- RX 3 Advanced