As a precursor prize, these kudos, now in their 49th year, have an uneven track record with about two-thirds of the nominees going on to contend at the Oscars.
This year, three of the Oscar nominees for Best Sound Mixing were also nominated by the Cinema Audio Society: "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," and "Skyfall." The remaining two CAS slots went to "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Zero Dark Thirty," while the Oscars preferred "Argo" and "Life of Pi."
Inaugural nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: "Brave," "Frankenweenie," "The Lorax," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Wreck-It Ralph." None are nominated for Sound Mixing at the Oscars, but three of the five are nominated for Animated Feature: "Brave," "Frankenweenie," and "Ralph."
The awards will be presented on Feb. 16 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The lifetime achievement honor will be given to three-time Oscar-winning sound mixer Chris Newman ("The Exorcist," "Amadeus," "The English Patient") while Jonathan Demme is to be feted with the filmmaker award.