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2017 Cinema Audio Society Award Videos

February 19, 2017 9:57am

The Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture - Live Action was presented to the sound mixing team of Steven Morrow, CAS, Andy Nelson, CAS, Ai Ling Lee, Nicholai Baxter, David Betancourt, and James Ashwill for “La La Land”. Director Damien Chazelle was on hand to support his winning sound mixing team!

Top honors for Motion Picture - Animated went to “Finding Dory” and the sound mixing team of Doc Kane, CAS, Nathan Nance, Michael Semanick, CAS, Thomas Vicari, CAS and Scott Curtis.

This year the first ever CAS Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture - Documentary went to The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble and the team of Dimitre Tisseyre, Dennis Hamlin and Peter Horner.

Held in the Bunker Hill Ballroom of the OMNI Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza with an after party hosted by the Awards Title Sponsor Dolby Laboratories and emceed by comedian/writer/animal activist Elayne Boosler, the 53rd CAS Awards also celebrated the professional contributions of Production Sound Mixer John Pritchett by honoring him with the CAS Career Achievement Award. Pritchett’s award was presented with a flourish by Re-recording mixer Scott Millan, CAS and Jack Black. A special video tribute from Tom Hanks was included in the presentation.

Emmy Award nominated Actor/Writer/Director/Producer Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Chef, Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man, Iron Man 2) received the CAS Filmmaker Award in a presentation that included remarks by Oscar® nominated and Emmy® winner Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Sing, Ted, Ted 2), CAS President Mark Ulano and Academy® Award nominated and Emmy® Award winner composer John Debney (Sin City, Iron Man 2). Video-taped congratulations from Stan Lee and Ed Asner rounded out the tribute. Favreau joins an impressive list of previous CAS Filmmakers Honorees including: Jay Roach, Quentin Tarantino, Gil Cates, Bill Condon, Paul Mazursky, Henry Selick, Taylor Hackford, Rob Marshall, Jonathan Demme, Edward Zwick, Richard Linklater and Jay Roach.

The Sound Mixing team of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” took top honors for Television Movie or Mini-Series. Television-One Hour honors went to “Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards”, while “Modern Family: The Storm” won the award for Television Series-Half Hour. “Grease Live!” won for Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials.

Wenrui “Sam” Fan a student at Chapman University, Orange, CA was awarded the CAS Student Recognition Award and presented with a check for $2500. The CAS Student Recognition Award is enthusiastically supported by both IMAX and Avid Technology.

The CAS Outstanding Product Awards for 2016 were presented to Cedar Audio for their Cedar DNS2 Dialogue Noise Supressor and McDSP for their SA-2 Dialogue processor for Post-Production.

Celebrity presenters for the evening were: Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Janina Gavankar (FOX’s Sleepy Hollow) Clyde Kusatsu (SAG/AFTRA Vice-President, Madame Secretary), Angela Sarafyan (HBO’s Westworld), Rhea Seehorn (AMC Better Call Saul) and Nondumiso Tembe (History Channel’s Six).

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