CAS award goes to Cates


The Cinema Audio Society said Wednesday that longtime Oscarcast producer Gilbert Cates will be presented Feb. 17 with the Filmmaker Award at the 43rd Cinema Audio Society Awards at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles.

The ceremony honors achievement in sound mixing.

"Gil Cates is a skilled filmmaker who is a master at all he touches," CAS board president Richard Lightstone said. "He excels as a director and a producer in feature films, television and theater and does it all with aplomb and grace and truly defines the CAS Filmmaker Award."

Quentin Tarantino was the first recipient of the award last year.

This year's CAS nominees range from "Babel" and "Dreamgirls" in the motion picture category to an episode from "The Sopranos" in the TV series category.

Other nominees include "Flight 93" and an episode from the series "Sleeper Cell" in the television movies and miniseries category; episodes of "Lost" and "Heroes" also were nominated for TV series.

Nova's "The Great Robot Race" and "Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us" were nominated for television, nonfiction, variety or music, series or specials. "Brother Bear 2" was nominated in the DVD original programming category.

Additionally, Ed Greene will receive the CAS Career Achievement Award.

CAS, a philanthropic, nonprofit organization, was created in 1964 for the purpose of sharing information with sound professionals in the motion picture and television industry.