‘True Grit’ sounded first-rate to Cinema Audio Society

At the Cinema Audio Society awards on Saturday, “True Grit” edged out “Black Swan,” “Inception,” “Shutter Island” and “The Social Network” to take the top prize. 

The sound branch of the academy nominated “True Grit” as well as “Inception” and “The Social Network” for the Sound Mixing Oscar. However they went with “The King’s Speech” and “Salt” over “Black Swan” and “Shutter Island.”

Last year, the CAS bestowed its top award on “The Hurt Locker” which went on to win the Oscar as well. Four of the five Cinema Audio Society nominees for sound mixing also contended at the Oscars with just “District 9” being replaced by “Inglourious Basterds.” 

In both 2008 and 2007 three of the five CAS picks for sound mixing were Oscar nominees as well. While “Slumdog Millionaire” won with both the CAS and the Oscars lin 2008, the trend has been for two films to split these prizes.

The 2007 CAS champ was “No Country for Old Men” and the Oscar went to “The Bourne Ultimatum.” And though “Dreamgirls” took both prizes in 2006, in each of the previous four years the CAS winner lost at the Oscars. (In 2002, CAS winner “Master and Commander” lost the sound-mixing Oscar to “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” but it won the prize for sound editing.)

HBO was assured of a win in the TV Movie/Mini-Series category as four of the installments of “The Pacific” competed against “Temple Grandin.”The latter took the prize, surprisingly so as the sound mixing of “Temple Grandin” was snubbed at the Emmys, with Part 2 of “The Pacific” winning there.

Three dramas — “24,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Dexter” — vied against two comedies — “Glee” and “Modern Family” for the TV Series prize. Newcomer “Boardwalk Empire” won that race.

The awards were handed out at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The lifetime achievement honor was given to sound mixer Jeffrey S. Wexler while DGA president Taylor Hackford was presented with the filmmaker award by recent DGA champ Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”).

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