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Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’ Wins Big at 53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards

Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’ wins top honors for outstanding achievement in sound mixing for an animated feature film at the 53rd CAS Awards.

LOS ANGELES -- 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).

The Cinema Audio Society, a philanthropic, non-profit organization, was formed in 1964 for the purpose of sharing information with Sound Professionals in the Motion Picture and Television Industry.

The 53rd CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing and Outstanding Products for 2016:

Motion Picture – Live Action
La La Land
Production Mixer – Steven Morrow, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Andy Nelson, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Ai-Ling Lee
Scoring Mixer – Nicholai Baxter
ADR Mixer – David Betancourt
Foley Mixer – James Ashwill

Motion Picture—Animated
Finding Dory
Original Dialogue Mixer – Doc Kane, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Nathan Nance
Re-recording Mixer – Michael Semanick, CAS
Scoring Mixer – Thomas Vicari, CAS
Foley Mixer – Scott Curtis

Motion Picture—Documentary
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble
Production Mixer – Dimitri Tisseyre
Production Mixer – Dennis Hamlin
Re-recording Mixer – Peter Horner

Television Movie Or Mini-Series
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Production Mixer – John Bauman
Re-recording Mixer –Joe Earle, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Doug Andham, CAS
ADR Mixer – Judah Getz
Foley Mixer –John Guentner

Television Series - 1 Hour
Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards
Production Mixer – Ronan Hill, CAS
Production Mixer – Richard Dyer, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Mathew Waters, CAS
Foley Mixer – Brett Voss, CAS

Television Series – 1/2 Hour
Modern Family: The Storm
Production Mixer – Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Dean Okrand, CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Brian R. Harman, CAS

Television Non-Fiction, Variety Or Music Series Or Specials
Grease Live!
Production Mixer – J. Mark King
Music Mixer – Biff Dawes
Playback and SFX Mixer – Eric Johnston
Protools Playback Music Mixer – Pablo Munguía

Outstanding Product - Production
CEDAR DNS2 Dynamic Noise Suppression Unit
Manufacturer: Cedar Audio

Outstanding Product – Post
SA-2 Dialog Processor
Manufacturer: McDSP

Student Recognition Award
Wenrui “Sam” Fan
Chapman University – Orange, CA

Source: Cinema Audio Society