‘True Grit’ tops Cinema Audio Awards

Coen Brothers pic, HBO earn kudos for sound mixing

True Grit” took top honors and HBO racked up yet more kudos at the Cinema Audio Society Awards Saturday night.

The “True Grit” team of production mixer Peter F. Kurland and re-recording mixers Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey and Greg Orloff took the honors for outstanding sound mixing in motion pictures in 2010 for the Coen Brothers’ oater remake. The quartet are nominated for the sound mixing Oscar.

All CAS kudos recognize sound mixing.

HBO racked up several honors, including the TV movies and minis category, in which “Temple Grandin” beat out four episodes of “The Pacific”; the TV series category, where “Boardwalk Empire” (A Return to Normalcy — Episode 12) topped “24,” “Dexter,” “Glee” and “Modern Family.”

“Deadliest Catch: Redemption Day” won for nonfiction, and “30 Days of Night: Dark Days” took DVD Original Programming honors.

In the two technical categories, Schoeps won for the Super CMT Shotgun Microphone, and iZotope won for the RX II audio repair toolkit.

The org’s highest honor, the Career Achievement Award, went to Jeffrey Wexler, who was introduced by his father, cinematographer Haskell Wexler.

The elder Wexler remembered that while his son had grown up on movie sets, he was studying sociology and seemed to be on the path of being a perpetual student. “So I called up my friend Hal Ashby, who was making ‘Harold and Maude,’ and said ‘Lookit, give my kid a job.’?”

The younger Wexler said his first day on the pic, working in the art department “just felt right,” and dailies the next night “were the best thing ever.” He realized he was going to work in movies, either in sound or camera, “and it wasn’t going to be camera.”

The evening’s other major kudo went to helmer Taylor Hackford. “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper, who’d arrived moments before from London, introduced Hackford and hailed him as a mentor and example. Hackford spoke warmly and at considerable length about the sound mixers he’d worked with and how important their work is to him.

“I am known for music in my films, but dialogue is king,” he said.

The CAS Awards were presented at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Complete list of winners–

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for DVD Original Programming:

’30 Days of Night: Dark Days’

Production Mixer: Michael Williamson, CAS

Re-recording Mixers: Eric Lalicata, CAS

7th Annual CAS Technical Achievement Awards:

Production: Schoeps Super CMIT 2U

Post Production: Izotope Izotope RX-2

Oustanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television – Non-Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials:

‘Deadliest Catch: Redemption Day’

Re-recording Mixer – Bob Bronow, CAS

2011 CAS Filmmaker Award Honoree:

Taylor Hackford

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Series:

‘Boardwalk Empire’ (A Return to Normalcy-Episode 12)

Production Mixer – Franklin D. Stettner, CAS

Re-recording Mixers -Tom Fleischman, CAS

2011 CAS Career Achievement Honoree:

Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movies and Mini-Series:

‘Temple Grandin’

Production Mixer – Ethan Andrus

Re-recording Mixer – Rick Ash

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures:

‘True Grit’

Production Mixer – Peter F. Kurland, CAS

Re-recording Mixers: Skip Lievsay, CAS; Craig Berkey, CAS; Greg Orloff, CAS