‘Hurt Locker’ wins sound mixing kudos

'Mad Men' mixers win for TV; Skywalker's Thom honored

“The Hurt Locker,” a film combining quiet moments with intense sound, won laurels for sound mixing in motion pictures at the Cinema Audio Society’s annual kudos on Saturday night.

“Hurt Locker’s” production mixer Ray Beckett and re-recording mixer Paul N.J. Ottosson accepted the award in an intimate setting at the Millennium Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles.

On the TV side, production mixer Peter Bently and re-recording mixers Ken Teaney and Todd Orr scooped trophies for their work on AMC’s “Mad Men.” “We don’t have any gun shots or wheelchairs,” Orr said, “quiet isn’t always easy.”

Helmer Robert Zemeckis and Walter Murch presented the CAS lifetime achivement award to Randy Thom, director of sound design at Skywalker Sound. Thom received a standing ovation as he thanked his presenters, saying, “I’m deeply touched by what you said, mostly because you stole what I was going to say,” referring to their comments on working together in “Apocalypse Now.”

Director Henry Selick accepted the org’s filmmaker kudo from sound mixer Agamemnon Andrianos and “Coraline” star Dakota Fanning, joking that in the time it took him to make one film, “she’s made eight.”

Other TV winners were Henry Embry and Rick Ash for HBO’s “Grey Gardens” in the longform category; Bob Bronow for “Deadliest Catch” in nonfiction and Terry O’Bright and Keith A. Rogers for “Into the Blue: The Reef” for DVD original programming.

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