Sound Mixers Laud 'Hugo' at the Cinema Audio Society Awards

"Boardwalk Empire" and "Too Big to Fail" notch victories in the television categories.

The sounding mixing team behind Martin Scorsese's Hugo took top honores at the 48th annual Cinema Audio Society Awards, which took place Saturday night at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

The award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture went to Hugo's production mixer John Midgley, re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman and scoring mixer Simon Rhodes. Midgley, a first-time CAS winner, and Fleischman, who previously received a CAS Award in the category for The Aviator, are also nominated for an Academy Award for sound mixing. It also was a first CAS Award for Rhodes as well as the first year scoring mixers have been included in the awards.

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Scott Millan, a four-time Oscar winner, was honored at the event with the CAS Career Achievement Award, presented to him by previous CAS Career Achievement winner Walter Murch and composer Thomas Newman, with whom Millan has been working on the upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall

Director Rob Marshall (Chicago), was presented with the CAS Filmmaker Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a non-CAS member. Penelope Cruz, who starred in Marshall's Nine, Oscar-winners Michael Minkler and Lee Orloff and Oscar nominee Paul Massey presented the award.

Speaking to more than 400 attendees CAS president David E. Fluhr said of the legacy of sound:  “The future is built on the actions of today, and the achievements of yesterday. Throughout the last year, sound mixers everywhere have elevated our craft.”

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Other winners this evening included:

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movie or Mini-Series:

TO BIG TO FAIL and the Sound Mixing Team of Production Mixer James J. Sabat, CAS and Re-recording Mixers Chris Jenkins, Bob Beemer, CAS and Scoring Mixer Chris Fogel.

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series: BOARDWALK EMPIRE  (To The Lost– Episode 2.12) and the Sound Mixing Team of Production Sound Mixer Franklin D. Stettner, CAS and Re-recording Mixer Tom Fleischman, CAS. 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Non Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials: DEADLIEST CATCH: New Blood and Re-recording Mixer Bob Bronow, CAS.  

The winners of the CAS Technical Achievement Awards:

PRODUCTION: Zaxcom Nomad Production Sound

POST-PRODUCTION: Avid Pro Tools 10