CAS Awards' mix master: 'No Country'

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"No Country for Old Men" won the 44th annual Cinema Audio Society Awards competition for outstanding achievement in sound mixing for motion pictures.

Accepting the award Saturday at the Millennium Biltmore were production mixer Peter Kurland and re-recording mixers Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey and Gregg Orloff.

"Sound became another character and a part of the story line, which was unique because it was exposed," Berkey said following the ceremony. "Our challenge was to make that believable, scary and suspenseful, without the use of music."

CAS presented its Filmmaker Award to "Dreamgirls" writer and director Bill Condon. In accepting, Condon said, "Movies these days are being rushed into production before there is a script. It falls on you more and more to smooth it out and tell a coherent story."

Composer Alan Silvestri presented four-time Academy Award nominee Dennis Sands — whose credits include "Forrest Gump," "Contact" and "Cast Away" — the CAS Career Achievement Award.

The winner in the category of television movies and miniseries was "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," with the awards going to production mixer George Tarrant and re-recording mixers Rick Ash and Edward C. Carr III. The award for TV series went to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Living Doll)," honoring production mixer Mick Fowler and re-recording mixers Yuri Reese and Bill Smith.

"Great Performances at the Met: The Magic Flute" production mixer Bill King and re-recording mixers Ken Hahn, Jak Saks and John Bowen earned the award for television nonfiction, variety or music.

Production mixer Gabriel Coll Barberis and re-recording mixer Alec St. John and Derek Marcil were honored in the category for DVD original programming for their work on "Species: The Awakening."
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