Cinema Audio Society nominees sound like Oscar contenders

The Cinema Audio Society nominees for Best Sound Mixing are “Hanna,” “Hugo,” “Moneyball,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Super 8.” 

Last year, “True Grit” edged out “Black Swan,” “Inception,” “Shutter Island” and “The Social Network” for the CAS award. However, “Inception” beat it as well as “The Social Network,” “Salt” and “The King’s Speech” at the Oscars.  

In 2010, the CAS bestowed its top prize 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.)

On the TV front, three of the five nominees in mini-series/telefilm — “Cinema Verite,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Too Big to Fail” — hail from HBO while the others are “Innocent” and “The Kennedys.”

Only cable dramas are in contention for the series prize: “Boardwalk Empire,” Breaking Bad,” “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead.” 

The awards will be presented on Feb. 18 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The lifetime achievement honor will be given to sound mixer Scott Wellan while Rob Marshall is to be feted with the filmmaker award.

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