CAS Awards 2013: Career Achievement - Chris Newman

The Ceremony in the Biltmore's Crystal Ballroom featured mixer Willie Burton and Anne Hathaway presenting Jonathan Demme with the org's Filmmaker Award, then Demme and mixer Tom Fleischman presenting the Career Achievement Award to Demme's frequent collaborator, Chris Newman.

Hathaway delivered an impassioned tribute to her "Rachel Getting Married" director Demme, saying "You learn to appreciate when he calls you to say he loved you in a film, because he'll also call you to say he walked out on your performance."

She thanked Demme also for "making (the world) a more hopeful, alive, enlightened, and yes, musical place to live."

Demme spoke only briefly accepting his own award but spoke longer presenting kudos to Newman, whose credits include some of the most iconic films of the last half century, including "The Godfather," "The French Connection," "The Exorcist," "The English Patient" and "Amadeus," as well as several of Demme's features.

Demmie recalled starting his career in New York and asking for the best sound mixer, and Newman's name kept coming up. "But the fact you were terrifying to work with also came up," said Demme to Newman. After several films, he approached Newman for a meeting, Demme recounted, and Newman challenged him to try to make a movie with no ADR, only production sound. "Over four pictures, we had less and less until I think we finally didn't have any," said Demme.