8:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
John Pritchett to Be Honored by Cinema Audio Society
Production sound mixer John Pritchett — an Oscar nominee for Rob Marshall’s Memoirs of a Geisha and Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition — will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award, at the 53rd CAS Awards on Feb. 18 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.
Pritchett is perhaps best known for his work with directors such as Robert Altman, for whom the sound mixer worked on seven films including The Player, Short Cuts and Kansas City. He also is credited as the second soundman in Hollywood to go digital, with Altman’s Short Cuts in 1993.
In total, Pritchett worked on more than 100 movies including four with director Lawrence Kasdan, including Wyatt Earp and French Kiss; four with writer-director David Mamet, including The Spanish Prisoner and State and Main; three with writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose There Will Be Blood earned Pritchett a BAFTA nomination; and two films with Oliver Stone, World Trade Center and W. He also was the sound mixer on 1987’s Dirty Dancing, and his 102nd film was Everybody Wants Some for director Richard Linklater.
"John Pritchett is a beloved figure and has generously given back to the sound community for many years as a noted mentor and supporter of many of our best practitioners in the field," CAS president Mark Ulano said Thursday in a statement. "I take great pleasure in announcing the CAS’ recognition of John and his terrific body of work."