"Les Miserables" is the clear favorite to win the Cinema Audio Society award for Best Sound Mixing on Saturday. All of our editors and three-quarters of our users predict it to win the top prize at the 49th annual edition of these kudos. That translates into leading odds of 27/20.
The musical is also tipped to take home the Oscar in the same category, with 18 of our 21 experts, six of our eight editors and three-quarters of our users predicting it to prevail there. That overwhelming support gives it odds of 13/8.
Inaugural nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: "Brave," "Frankenweenie," "The Lorax," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Wreck-It Ralph." "Wreck-It Ralph" is far out in front with "Brave" as the potential spoiler.
The awards will be presented 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 by his "Rachel Getting Married" leading lady Anne Hathaway.
Last year, "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.
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.)