2012 CAS Career Achievement Award - Scott Millan

It was a fairytale evening for Hugo and the Sound Mixing team of Production Mixer John Midgley, Re-Recording Mixer Tom Fleischman, CAS and Scoring Mixer Simon Rhodes at the 48th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards. The family adventure won Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture, the evening’s top honor. This is Midgley’s first CAS Award. He was previously nominated forStar Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. It is the second CAS Award for Fleischman in this category having previously won for The Aviator. He also won a second consecutive CAS Award for Boardwalk Empire, earlier in the evening. This is Rhodes first CAS Award as this is the first year Scoring Mixers have been included in the Awards.

Held in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s famed Crystal Ballroom, the program also celebrated the professional contributions of Scott Millan, CAS, with the CAS Career Achievement Award. A four-time Academy Award winner®, Millan has won three CAS Awards, and been nominated eight times. Millan said, “This is a great honor, and I am very proud to be recognized in the company of so many distinguished and talented past recipients.” On hand to present his award was previous CAS Career Achievement Award recipient (and two-time Academy Award® winner)Walter Murch, CAS and by ten-time Academy Award® nominated, Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winning composer Thomas Newman. Millan and Newman most recently collaborated on the 23rd James Bond feature Skyfall.

Among other highlights, Academy Award® nominated director Rob Marshall (Chicago), was presented with the CAS Filmmaker Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a non-CAS member. “I am thrilled and honored to be receiving the Filmmaker Award from the CAS,” Marshall said when he learned of the honor. “I have been incredibly lucky in my career to have worked with some of the finest artists in the field of sound. They have taught me so much about the creative process and the integral nature of collaboration – which I value so highly.” Presenting his award were some of Marshall’s most notable colleagues: Academy Award-winner® Penelope Cruz, who starred in Marshall’s musical sensation Nine and worldwide box office smash Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; CAS Award and three-time Academy Award® winner Michael Minkler, CAS; Academy Award® winner Lee Orloff, CAS; and CAS Award and six-time Academy Award® nominee Paul Massey, CAS. In the presentation, Cruz praised Marshall . . . “As a director, he’s a dream to work with. Loves his actors and gives attention to every detail… is always kind to everyone but doesn’t stop until things are perfect. He’s honest, tough when he needs to be, and has enormous respect for everyone’s work.”

In his remarks to the over 400 attendees CAS President David E. Fluhr spoke of the legacy of sound. “The future is built on the actions of today, and the achievements of yesterday. Throughout the last year, sound mixers everywhere have elevated our craft”.