Oscar contender “The Revenant” continued its inexorable march toward kudo heaven on Saturday evening by garnering another trophy: the Cinema Audio Society’s award for outstanding sound mixing in a live action motion picture – presented to the sound mixing team of Chris Duesterdiek, Jon Taylor, CAS, Frank Montaño. Randy Thom, Conrad Hensel, Michael Miller and Geordy Sincavage.
Top honors for animated motion picture went to “Inside Out” and the sound mixing team of Doc Kane, Tom Johnson, Michael Semanick, Joel Iwataki and Mary Jo Lang.
The sound mixing team of “Fargo: Season 2, Episode 5” took top honors for television movie or miniseries. TV one-hour honors went to “Game of Thrones: Hardhome,” while “Modern Family: Connection Lost” won the award for half-hour TV series.
“Live from Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton” won for television nonfiction, variety or music series or specials.
The CAS Awards also celebrated the professional contributions of ADR mixer Kane by honoring him with the CAS Career Achievement award.
Writer/director Garry Marshall introduced Kane, a veteran Disney mixer with whom he’s worked on such films as “The Princess Diaries” and “Valentine’s Day.” Kane (who also received videotaped congrats from actor/comedian Brad Garrett and the creative brain trust at Pixar) then took to the stage and delivered an acceptance speech interspersed with spot-on impressions of Marshall and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“Trumbo” director Jay Roach (above, center) received the CAS Filmmaker Award in a presentation that included remarks by Oscar nominee and “Trumbo” star Bryan Cranston (above, left), who introduced Roach, and sound re-recording mixer John Ross (above, right).
Roach, who attended with wife Susanna Hoffs of the band The Bangles, admitted he wasn’t known for directing “amazing sound movies,” but he spoke about how Ross’ work helped serve the comedy in his films. Roach then proceeded to pull out a handheld digital recorder to capture the sound of the crowd delivering mixed reactions to the next Cranston-Roach collaboration, HBO movie “All the Way,” in which Cranston portrays President Lyndon B. Johnson, whom he also played in the Broadway play of the same name.
Matt Yocum a student at Savannah College of Art and Design, was awarded the CAS Student Recognition Award and presented with a check for $2500.
The CAS Technical Achievement Awards were presented to Sound Devices SL-6 and iZotope RX5-Advanced for Post-Production.
Cinema and television sound craftspeople are not known to be a glamorous bunch, but they attracted a starry crowd to their 52nd awards, at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Elayne Boosler hosted. She began the evening with a recreation of her greatest sound disaster – trying to sing the national anthem at Shea Stadium while hearing herself back with a super-long delay. Other presenters included Walton Goggins, Mo Collins, Charley Koontz, Dana and Carlos Alazraqui.
Eighty-six-year-old Asner closed out the evening, boasting of the “continuum of great sex” he’s had over the last seven years because of his work with Kane on the 2009 Pixar film “Up” and flirting shamelessly with his co-presenter before bestowing the live action feature award to the “Revenant” team.
The complete winners list:
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
MOTION PICTURE – LIVE ACTION
Production Mixer — Chris Duesterdiek
Re-recording Mixer — Jon Taylor, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Frank Montaño
Re-recording Mixer — Randy Thom, CAS
Scoring Mixer — Conrad Hensel
ADR Mixer – Michael Miller, CAS
Foley Mixer — Geordy Sincavage
Original Dialogue Mixer — Doc Kane
Re-recording Mixer — Tom Johnson
Re-recording Mixer — Michael Semanick
Scoring Mixer — Joel Iwataki
Foley Mixer — Mary Jo Lang, CAS
TELEVISION MOVIE or MINI-SERIES
“Fargo,” Season 2 Episode 5
Production Mixer — Michael Playfair, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Kirk Lynds
Re-recording Mixer — Martin Lee
TELEVISION SERIES – 1 HOUR
“Game of Thrones – Hardhome”
Production Mixer — Ronan Hill, CAS
Production Mixer — Richard Dyer, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Mathew Waters, CAS
Foley Mixer — Brett Voss, CAS
TELEVISION SERIES – HALF HOUR
“Modern Family – Connection Lost”
Production Mixer — Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Dean Okrand, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — Brian R. Harman, CAS
Re-recording Mixer — David Michael Torres
TELEVISION NON-FICTION, VARIETY or MUSIC SERIES or SPECIALS
“Live from Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton”
Re-Recording Mixer – Ken Hahn, CAS
Production Mixer/House Sound — Paul Bevan
CAS TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sound Devices – SL-6
iZotope – RX5-Advanced
CAS STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARD
Matt Yocum, Savannah College of Art & Design