January 19, 2012 / 1:45 PM / 7 years ago

Cinema Audio Society Likes the Sound of 'Hugo,' 'Moneyball'

"Hanna," "Hugo," "Moneyball," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Super 8" sounded best in 2011, according to the members of the Cinema Audio Society.

The CAS, a non-profit organization of sound professionals that honors the best achievements in sound mixing each year, nominated those films for its top feature film award on Thursday.

Only "Hugo" (left) and "Moneyball" are in the running for the top Oscars, though the nominations may well overlap with the Academy's sound categories.

Last year's CAS feature film winner, "True Grit," was nominated for the Sound Mixing Oscar but lost to "Inception." The previous year's winner, "The Hurt Locker," won the Oscar.

In the television categories, the CAS went for a variety of shows – unlike last year, when four episodes of "The Pacific" competed against each other in the movies and mini-series category.

HBO had a typically strong showing, landing nominations for the movies "Cinema Verite" and "Too Big to Fail," the miniseries "Mildred Pierce" and the series "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones." Other TV nominees include "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" and "Dexter."

The strangest category combines television documentaries, variety and music shows, and resulted in a competition between the historical documentary "American Experience – Triangle Fire," the chess doc "Bobby Fischer Against the World," the fishing show "Deadliest Catch: New Blood" and two musical performances, the Metropolitan Opera doing John Adams' "Nixon in China" and Lady Gaga's Monster Ball tour.

The other Hollywood group that honors sound, the Motion Picture Sound Editors, will release its nominations on Friday. Unlike the CAS, it nominates a broad range of films in a variety of categories.

The CAS Awards will be presented on February 18 in the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The CAS Career Achievement Award will be presented to Scott Millan, and the CAS Filmmaker Award will go to Rob Marshall.

The nominees:



Production Mixer: Roland Winke

Re-recording Mixers: Christopher Scarabosio, Craig Berkey, CAS

Scoring Mixer: Andrew Dudman


Production Mixer: John Midgley

Re-recording Mixer: Tom Fleischman, CAS

Scoring Mixer: Simon Rhodes


Production Mixer: Ed Novick

Re-recording Mixers: Deb Adair, CAS, Ron Bochar, CAS, David Giammarco

Scoring Mixer: Brad Haenel

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Production Mixer: Lee Orloff, CAS

Re-recording Mixers: Paul Massey, CAS, Chris Boyes

Scoring Mixer: Alan Meyerson

Super 8

Production Mixer: Mark Ulano, CAS

Re-recording Mixers: Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer

Scoring Mixer: Dan Wallin


Cinema Verite

Production Mixer: Petur Hliddal

Re-recording Mixers: Lora Hirschberg, Scott Lewis, Douglas Murray

Scoring Mixer: Greg Townley


Production Mixer: Shane Connelly

Re-recording Mixers: Mark Hensley, Tamara Johnson, CAS

The Kennedys: Hour 7

Production Mixer: Henry Embry, CAS

Re-recording Mixer: Frank Morrone, CAS, Stephen Traub

Scoring Mixer: Larold Rebhun

Mildred Pierce : Part 5

Production Mixer: Drew Kunin

Re-recording Mixer: Leslie Shatz

Scoring Mixer: Todd Whitelock

Too Big to Fail

Production Mixer: James J. Sabat, CAS

Re-recording Mixers: Chris Jenkins, Robert J. Beemer, CAS

Scoring Mixer: Chris Fogel


Boardwalk Empire - To The Lost

Production Mixer: Franklin D. Stettner, CAS

Re-recording Mixers: Tom Fleischman, CAS

Breaking Bad – Face Off

Production Mixer: Darryl L. Frank, CAS

Re-recording Mixers: Jeffery Perkins, Eric Justen

Dexter - Just Let Go

Production Mixer: Greg Agalsoff

Re-recording Mixers: Pete Elia, CAS, Kevin Roache, CAS

Game of Thrones - Baelor

Production Mixer: Ronan Hill

Re-recording Mixers: Mark Taylor, Doug Andham, CAS

The Walking Dead – What Lies Ahead

Production Mixer: Bartek Swiatek, CAS

Re-recording Mixers: Gary D. Rogers, CAS, Daniel J. Hiland, CAS


American Experience - Triangle Fire

Production Mixer: G. John Garrett, CAS

Production Mixer: Rick Angelella

Production Mixer: Everett Wong

Re-recording Mixer: Coll Anderson

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Production Sound: Mark Maloof

Re-recording Mixer: Bill Marino

Deadliest Catch: New Blood

Re-recording Mixer: Bob Bronow, CAS

Great Performances At The Met: Nixon in China

Re-recording Mixer: Ken Hahn, CAS

Music Mixer: Jay Saks

Lady Gaga Monster Ball TourProduction Mixer: John Harris

Re-recording Mixer: Brian Riordan, CAS

Cinema Audio Society Technical Awards:


Calrec Apollo Broadcast Mixing Console (software release 1.6 and later)

Movie Slate Sound Dept. Plugin by Pureblend Software

Remote Audio Meon LiFe

Yamaha 01V96i Digital Mixer

Zaxcom Nomad Production Sound System


Acheron Designer Screen Channel Loudspeaker

Avid Pro Tools 10

Avid Eucon Protocol Version 2.6.2

Dolby Media Meter 2

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