'Dreamgirls' top feature at CAS awards


The musical "Dreamgirls" took the motion picture nod at the 43rd annual CAS Awards honoring outstanding achievement in sound mixing, handed out by the Cinema Audio Society at the Millennium-Biltmore in Los Angeles.

The organization, comprised of 550 sound mixers and associates in the film and TV industries, presented its motion picture trophy Saturday night to the team of re-recording mixers Michael Minkler and Bob Beemer and production mixer Willie Burton.

"Flight 93" took the prize for television movies and miniseries. The winning team was comprised of re-recording mixers Mark Linden, Tara Paul, Liam Lockhart and Harry Snodgrass.

For TV series, the award went to "Deadwood" for the episode "A Two-Headed Beast" and re-recording mixers R. Russell Smith and William Freesh and production mixer Geoffrey Patterson.

In the category of TV nonfiction, variety or music, series or special, the prize went to "Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us," for re-recording mixer Matt Foglia and music mixer David Kahne.

"Ultimate Avengers: The Movie" scored for DVD original programming. The winning team consisted of re-recording mixer Mike Draghi and Eric Lewis, original dialogue recording.

CAS Technical Achievement Awards went to the Sound Devices 744T Recorder for production technologies and Digidesign Pro Tools (V7.2 software) for postproduction technologies.

Ed Greene was honored with the group's Career Achievement Award, and Gilbert Cates was presented with its Filmmaker Award.