Cinema Audio Society Awards winners: Oscar frontrunner ‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ …

As Gold Derby predicted, “La La Land” won the Cinema Audio Society award for Best Sound Mixing on Saturday over two of its Oscar rivals –“Hacksaw Ridge” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” — as well as “Doctor Strange” and “Sully.” We are predicting it will repeat at the Oscars, where its competition also includes “Arrival” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” (Historically, only about two-thirds of the CSA nominees go on to contend at the Oscars.)

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And, unexpectedly, “Finding Dory” won win sound mixing in an animated feature over “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Moana,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Zootopia.”

On the TV front, “Game of Thrones” won the drama award over ““Better Call Saul,” “Mr. Robot,” “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” while “Modern Family” took the comedy prize over “black-ish,” “Silcon Valley,” “Transparent,” and “Veep.” And “The People v. O.J. Simpson” won the movie/miniseries race against “11.22.63,” “Black Mirror,” “Sherlock” The Abominable Bride” and “The Night Manager.”

The 53rd annual Cinema Audio Society Awards were presented on Feb. 18 at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The lifetime achievement honor was given to production mixer John Pritchett while Jon Favreau got the filmmaker award.

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Last year, “The Revenant” won Best Sound Mixing here over three of its Oscar rivals — “Bridge of Spies,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — as well as “The Hateful Eight.” The academy snubbed the latter in favor of “The Martian” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” won the Oscar.

In 2014, “Birdman” bested three of its Oscar rivals — “American Sniper,” “Interstellar” and “Unbroken” — at these awards. The fifth Oscar contender, “Whiplash,” was snubbed here in favor of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” However, it was “Whiplash” that won the Oscar.

In 2013, “Gravity” won here, beating Oscar rivals “Captain Phillips,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and “Lone Survivor” as well as “Iron Man 3.” At the Oscars, “Iron Man” lost out to “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” for the fifth Sound Mixing slot. “Gravity” repeated at the Oscars.

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In 2012, only three of the five CAS nominees — “Les Miserables,”  “Lincoln” and “Skyfall” — went on to reap Oscar bids. “Les Miserables” won both awards. The rest of the CAS slate — “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”and “Zero Dark Thirty” — was replaced at the Oscars by “Argo” and “Life of Pi.”

In 2011, “Hugo” won over “Hanna,” “Moneyball,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Super 8” at the CAS. It went on to claim the Oscar as well with only “Moneyball” also contending there. The other Oscar nominees were: “The Girl with the Dragon Tatttoo,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “War Horse.”

In 2010, “True Grit” edged out “Black Swan,” “Inception,” “Shutter Island” and “The Social Network” for the CAS award. “Inception” beat it as well as “The Social Network,” “Salt” and “The King’s Speech” at the Oscars.

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In 2009, 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. “Slumdog Millionaire” won with both the CAS and the Oscars in 2008. 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.)

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