Posts tagged “Cinema Audio Society

Oscars 2019: CAS Awards

Okay, second awards handed out tonight — CAS. For Sound Mixing.

The winner was Ford v Ferarri. I should point out that 1917 WAS NOT nominated at CAS, so really that was a foregone conclusion that it would probably win. I was only really looking out to see if somehow Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would win. But really the Sound categories are gonna come down to Ford v Ferrari and 1917, and the question is gonna be — as it usually does — will one film win them both or should you commit the cardinal sin and split the Sound categories?

I’m really curious to see what BAFTA does next weekend, because right now, Ford v Ferrari technically has more precursor wins than 1917 does. But BAFTA will really tell us where this is all likely gonna go come Oscar night.

Meanwhile, Toy Story 4 won their Animation award, in case there was any doubt about where that category was headed. That’s won like every single guild there is to win thus far except animation, which is its own weird thing.

Anyway, that’s Sound Mixing. DGA and ASC still to come.

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Oscars 2019: CAS Nominations

Two more guilds announced today. The first of which is CAS, the Cinema Audio Society. That’s for Sound Mixing. Mixing is the sound design as a whole, versus Editing, which is the compilation and creation of those sounds. Though we might not need that distinction in the future, since the Academy is considering going back to just one ‘Sound’ category like how BAFTA does it, given the substantial overlap between the categories and the general lack of distinction between the two by voters. But that’s not the case this year, so this one’s for Sound Mixing.

Basically we’re gonna take this, MPSE (Sound Editors guild) and BAFTA and then guess what’s gonna get nominated from that. Though at this point, you have a pretty damn good guess at for sure 2 of the 5 nominees, if not 3. So I don’t think it’s gonna be all that difficult in the end.

Here are this year’s CAS nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2018: CAS Awards

The CAS Awards were also given out tonight. Hooray, Sound Mixing.

The winner was Bohemian Rhapsody, which paints a really interesting picture for Oscar night. I suspected this would be the case for the guild, but with First Man being nominated in both categories, and my everlasting mantra of “Don’t split the Sound categories, Mike,” I’m really wondering how this one is gonna turn out. There’s a chance First Man wins Editing and this wins Mixing. But we’ll see. I’m still figuring out my final thoughts on everything and preparing my giant 45,000 word Oscar article (I’m wondering if we approach 50,000 words this year). Apparently that’s about what a decent-sized novel would be. That sounds about right for the nonsense I spew.

Oh, and Isle of Dogs won for Animation and Free Solo won for Documentary. The latter makes sense at first glance. I assume Isle of Dogs beat Spider-Verse, which I kinda get. Music tends to be a factor in Mixing more than the other categories. But honestly anything outside of the big category is meaningless to me. Let’s not pretend either of those factor into their races.

Tomorrow night is WGA and MPSE, and then CDG is the last precursor on Tuesday, and then we’re totally done in terms of precursors and it’s just straight up guessing at that point. We’re in the final stretch, guys. This is it. The Endgame. Shit’s about to start turning into dust and stuff.

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Oscars 2018: CAS Nominations

Okay, the shortlist you’ve all been waiting for has been announced. BEST SOUND MIXING!

Oh, what, you thought you were getting the DGA list first? Nah. You gotta eat your salad and then you’ll get the main course.

The Cinema Audio Society also announced their nominations today, so we’re gonna talk Best Sound Mixing as well.

Sound Mixing, to remind you if you’re not all up on your categories, is the entire sound design in the film. Musicals do great here, as do war movies. Basically, if you assume Dunkirk and Baby Driver and probably Star Wars, then you’re most of the way there already. (And this is before I’ve even seen the list.)

Here are your CAS nominees for this year: (more…)

Oscars 2017: CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society announced their awards tonight as well. In an over three-hour ceremony, they produced exactly one category of note for our purposes. Which is for Best Sound Mixing.

The winner was Dunkirk, which pretty much cements that as the winner of at least one of the two Sound categories at the Oscars. But you already probably knew that.

That’s the last precursor, guys. You now have all the information you need to guess what’s gonna win next Sunday. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already 35,000 words into my giant picks article, but what can I say, this is my favorite thing to do each year. I can’t help it if I’m nuts.

See you guys on Sunday.

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Oscars 2017: CAS Nominations

The Cinema Audio Society also announced their nominations today, so we’re gonna talk Best Sound Mixing as well.

Sound Mixing, to remind you if you’re not all up on your categories, is the entire sound design in the film. Musicals do great here, as do war movies. Basically, if you assume Dunkirk and Baby Driver and probably Star Wars, then you’re most of the way there already. (And this is before I’ve even seen the list.)

Here are your CAS nominees for this year:


Oscars 2016: CAS Awards

CAS announced their winner tonight.

It was La La Land.

The original musical that’s gonna win Best Picture is also gonna win Best Sound Mixing.


A bunch more precursors tomorrow.

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Oscars 2016: CAS Nominations

Our next shortlist today is the one that’s easiest for me to deal with. Cinema Audio Society. AKA Sound Mixing. We all love us some sound mixing, don’t we?

Quick, what’s the difference between sound editing and sound mixing? Yeah, I know. That’s like when people ask you if you think their baby is cute. And you have to on the spot try not to look like an idiot because you think the baby looks like a garden gnome in a onesie.

Sound mixing is the entire sound design of the film. We’ll deal with sound editing when we get to it. Basically all you need to know this year for sound mixing — this is the one that includes musicals. Which means that La La Land ain’t gonna lose.

Here are your CAS nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2015: CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society also announced their winners tonight. They’re the guild of sound mixers.

In a category featuring four of the five Oscar nominees (The guild nominated The Hateful Eight instead of The Martian), The Revenant won. Which shows a lot of support for that film in the guild, and possibly for Best Picture.

Mad Max not winning either means nothing in the end, or it means a split for Sound. And, as we all know, predicting a split in the sound categories is always perilous, unless there’s a musical involved. Though, to be fair, they were also wrong last year in picking Birdman. So maybe this means nothing. We’ve got a week to decide.

Oscars 2015: Cinema Audio Society Nominations

CAS has announced their nominations. They’re the guild for Sound Mixing. Meaning the entire sound mix, not just the compiling of sound effects and such.

This is one of three guild nominees today, and is the easiest of the three to talk about, so let’s just get into it.

Here are your CAS nominees for 2015: (more…)

Oscars 2014: CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society handed their awards out tonight.

That’s Sound Mixing, for those who don’t know. And Sound Mixing is the entire sound design of a film, for those who don’t know. Not the creation of the sounds, but rather everything you hear when you experience a movie.

The CAS category and the Oscar category matched 4/5, with both having Birdman, Interstellar, Unbroken and American Sniper, and CAS having Guardians of the Galaxy with the Oscars having Whiplash as the fifth nominee.

Which means that whatever wins is most likely a good bet to take the category at the Oscars. (more…)

Oscars 2014: CAS Nominations

The Cinema Audio Society announced their nominations. They’re the guild that corresponds to Best Sound (Mixing).

To make it easier on everyone, Best Sound Mixing is basically just the sound in the entire movie. And Sound Editing is the creation and assembling of those sounds. What you hear when you watch the movie. Which is why only musicals get nominated for Mixing and Pixar only gets nominated for Editing.

And the guild nominees for this year by the mixer are:

Motion Picture (Live-Action)

American Sniper


Guardians of the Galaxy


Unbroken (more…)

Oscars 2013 Update: CAS Nominations

And here’s your second shortlist of the day: The Cinema Audio Society.

That’s Sound Mixing, for those of you who don’t know.

Sound Editing is basically compiling all the different sounds, and making all the sounds that will be in the sound mix, and sound mixing is basically putting everything into what you hear when you watch the movie. So it’s basically mixing everything together, making certain things more noticeable than others, putting things in different channels (like when you hear the revving of a car in the rear speakers, but in the front you hear other effects and music and such), and putting the music and dialogue over everything. The real easy way to differentiate: Last year, Les Mis won for Mixing, and Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty tied (remember that?) for Editing.

So here are your Cinema Audio Society nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2012 Update: ACE Eddie Awards & Cinema Audio Society Awards

Two guilds announced tonight. First, The American Cinema Editors. As a reminder, only 14 times did one of the winners for the Eddie Award NOT go on to win Best Editing.

The Eddie Awards for Dramatic and Comedy Film went to, respectively, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook.  That pretty much seals the deal for Argo as Best Picture and makes it a huge favorite to win Best Editing too. (Hey, remember when I said it was probably gonna end up with Picture, Editing and Screenplay?)

Oh, and Brave won for Animated Film, which makes an upset seem very probable, given that it also won the BAFTA and that Wreck-It Ralph might not have the older contingent going for it. Searching for Sugar Man won for Documentary, which pretty much means we’re all taking that until it loses. And, on a personal note, The Newsroom won one too. I love that shot.

The Cinema Audio Society also announced their awards tonight. That’s for sound mixing. We’ll get into what that actually is if you don’t know when that article goes up soon. But basically, know that the winner of the CAS Awards will impact what happens in the Best Sound Mixing (aka Best Sound, as they seem to like calling it) category. And the winner of the CAS Award this year was Les Misérables. Which, honestly, pretty much means it has that category all but won. They love voting for musicals there when they can. Oh, and Brave won for Animated Film. I see an upset coming…

Oh, so yeah, that’s where we’re at. More categories tomorrow.

Oscars 2012 Update: VFX (Visual Effects) Society Nominations and CAS (Cinema Audio Society) Nominations Announced

Two more guilds have announced their nominations, making tomorrow’s guesses at what’s going to be nominated a little bit easier.

The only groups left to announce their nominations are BAFTA (which is tomorrow), ACE (American Cinema Editors, which apparently announce on Thursday, but they were supposed to announce CAS then too, so…), MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors, which will announce at some point in the next week) and the Costume Designers Guild, which announces next Thursday. Which is pretty good. This helps us on most of the categories for Thursday.

So let’s get started with the Visual Effects Society Nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2011 Update: American Cinema Editors Awards & Cinema Audio Society Awards

Today, the American Cinema Editors Awards were handed out, as were the Cinema Audio Society Awards.

First , the Cinema Audio Society Awards, which recognized Hugo in their feature film category and Rango in its Animation category. The latter again virtually assures Rango taking home Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, and the former was kind of a no-brainer decision in a way, but also still kind of a big deal. Hugo and Moneyball were the only two Oscar-nominated sound jobs up for the award, and Hugo isn’t exactly the flashiest of sound designs. Still, it just seemed like the obvious choice. More words on this when we get to the Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards (and the category breakdown in a few days).

The other major announcement was the American Cinema Editors Awards. The first, and least surprising of the two, was The Artist winning in the Musical/Comedy category. This was totally expected and cemented its status as a major contender for the Oscar. The surprise, however, was seeing The Descendants win for Best Dramatic film, beating out Hugo, Moneyball, War Horse and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. So basically, swap out The Artist for War Horse, and The Descendants just won Best Editing over the Best Editing category at the Oscars. Which is strange, considering it’s really the consensus lesser editing job of all (except War Horse, probably). Not that it isn’t solid, it’s just — I think we can all agree that the other films did a better job at cutting things together. Plus Thelma Schoonmaker’s won this award like five times or something, so it’s just strange. I’m not too concerned with its chances at the Oscar, since the Editors Branch only totals about 220. Either way, really, all this really tells me is that The Artist might actually win another award (one it probably shouldn’t win, if we’re talking my opinion). Maybe Hugo still takes it (after all, it is still Thelma), but then again, she did win for the Best Picture winner the last time. Maybe The Artist still takes it. More on this in a few days…

Oscars 2011 Update: Cinema Audio Society Nominations

Today is a big day for Oscars. As in, two sets of guild nominees were announced. They’re really not big categories, but there are two updates. So that’s something. I deliberately waited until after lunch to write these up to give me something to do.

That’s what work is — a series of scheduling things to do to occupy your brain power.

So anyway, first we’re going to deal with the Cinema Audio Society nominees. These are for sound mixing. The Sound Editors Guild is gonna announce at some other point (which I think may be tomorrow). Also, remember: Sound Mixing involves all the sounds created from scratch. Like, the clippity cloppity of horse hooves. That’s sound mixing. Sound editing is all the available stuff, like dialogue and music. right.

Okay, so here are your Cinema Audio Society nominees:

  • Hanna
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Super 8 (more…)