'Slumdog' tops audio nods

'24,' 'John Adams' among TV winners

Chalk up another win for "Slumdog Millionaire."

The film's production mixer Resul Pookutty and re-recording mixers Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke accepted the award for outstanding achievement in motion picture sound mixing at the Cinema Audio Society's 45th Annual Awards dinner Saturday evening at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel.

Visibly moved, Pookutty said, "This is the biggest honor I can ever get. Twelve years ago in India I started in production sound. There was basically no production sound in that country. When I started off, I walked to the train station. I had no money. This is recognition of my struggle and of so many people like me working in the entertainment industry." He concluded with a laugh, saying, "I dedicate this to the sound gods of India."

"Slumdog" topped a feature category that was rounded out by "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "Quantum of Solace" and "WALL-E."

In the television categories, the mixers on the "24" two-hour movie "Redemption" collected a win for series TV, while the team from "John Adams/Episode One: Join or Die" topped the TV movies and miniseries category and "Deadliest Catch: No Mercy" was recognized for a nonfiction, variety or music series or special. The mixers on "Smashing Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong" were honored for a DVD original program.

Host Sam Rubin got one of his biggest laughs during a clip of the nominated DVD release "Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins," which featured a meerkat and cobra staring each other down. "This is a sneak peak at the upcoming SAG/AMPTP negotiations," he joked.

Production sound mixer Dennis L. Maitland was the recipient of the CAS Career Achievement Award. Norman Jewison co-presented the award with Maitland's son, Tod, who is also a sound professional.

Director, writer, producer and actor Paul Mazursky received the CAS Filmmaker Award.

The careers of Maitland and Mazursky have overlapped on several films including "An Unmarried Woman," "Tempest," "Willie And Phil" and "Moscow on the Hudson."

Quipped Mazursky: "Dennis, I want you to do my next picture -- if you can help me raise the money."

Maitland shared his insights on sound to the community while joking, "One of the things that is great about production sound, is if you hate everybody, you only have to hate them for about 15 weeks." He added: "There are people that you want to meet again. Paul Mazursky is definitely one of them."

Mazursky's credits include "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "Enemies: A Love Story."

Maitland's work has included Jewison's films "Moonstruck" and "And Justice for All," as well as TV series such as "The Honeymooners," "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Jackie Gleason Show."

A leader in the use of SR Dolby, R-Dat, A-Dat, live production and multitrack, Maitland is credited with introducing wireless mikes to feature films in the early '50s.

During the ceremony, CAS technical awards were presented to Sound Devices' 788T digital recorder and Cedar DNS 3000 automated noise suppression.

Cinema Audio Society Award winners:

Motion pictures
"Slumdog Millionaire"
 Production mixer: Resul Pookutty
 Re-recording mixers: Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke

TV series or miniseries
"John Adams, Episode 1: Join or Die"
Production mixer: Jay Meagher
Re-recording mixers: Mike Minkler, Bob Beemer

TV series
"24: Redemption"
Production mixer: William F. Gocke
Re-recording mixers: Michael Olman, Kenneth Kobett
TV nonfiction, variety or musical series or special
"Deadliest Catch: No Mercy"
Re-recording mixer: Bob Bronow

DVD original programming
"Smashing Pumpkins-- If All Goes Wrong"
Live audio mixer: Jon Lemon
Re-recording mixers: Kerry Brown, Kevin Dippold, Brian Slack
The CAS also presented Technical Achievement Awards in two categories:
Production technologies: Sound Devices 788T Digital Recorder
Postproduction technologies: Cedar DNS 3000 Automated Noise Suppression