Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” tops Cinema Audio Society Awards

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” tops Cinema Audio Society Awards

PanARMENIAN.Net - The force of Gravity remained strong as its sound-mixing team won the feature film category at the 50th annual Cinema Audio Society Awards for outstanding achievement in sound mixing, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Gravity -- which last weekend won the BAFTA in the sound competition -- topped a field that included the sound mixers from Captain Phillips, Inside Llewyn Davis, Iron Man 3 and Lone Survivor.

Gravity, Phillips, Llewyn Davis and Lone Survivor are all nominated for the Oscar in sound mixing, along with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

In CAS' other feature competition -- for animated films -- Frozen added another trophy to its collection.

Winners in television categories included Behind the Candelabra, Game of Thrones and Modern Family.

During the ceremony, Society president David E. Fluhr (who was among the award recipients for Frozen) announced that sound mixer Richard Lightstone, a past president of CAS, and his production sound team were injured during an accident Thursday on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. He reported that they are in the hospital but they are OK. A second camera assistant on the film, Sarah Elizabeth Jones, died in the accident.

Oscar-winning producer Ed Zwick received the CAS Filmmaker Award. Saluting the sound mixers, he said that after the shoot, he "walks into the mixing stage and there’s a group of people to help you put your movie back together. You are in despair, and this group looks at it for the first time … For making those transitions work, for finding the characters and so much more, I’m very grateful.”

Oscar winning composer John Williams presented the Career Achievement Award to rerecording mixer Andy Nelson, who has received 18 Oscar nominations and 18 CAS nominations, winning both awards twice, for Les Miserables and Saving Private Ryan. The presentation included video messages from J.J. Abrams, Alan Parker and Steven Spielberg.

Also during the ceremony, Dolby's David W. Gray led a tribute to Ray Dolby, the iconic sound pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories. The presentation included footage of Dolby -- who died in September at age 80 -- accepting the CAS Life Achievement Award at the 1989 CAS Awards.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Awards, presenters included Fluhr and eight past presidents including Gary Bourgeois, Melissa Hofmann and Edward L. Moskowitz.

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