CAS nominees sound like Oscar contenders

The Cinema Audio Society nominees for best sound mixing are “Black Swan,” “Inception,” “Shutter Island,” “The Social Network” and “True Grit.” Last year, 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.)

HBO is assured of a win in the mini-series/telefilm as four of the installments of “The Pacific” compete against “Temple Grandin.” Three dramas — “24,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Dexter” — vie against two comedies — “Glee” and “Modern Family” for the TV series prize.

The awards will be presented on Feb. 19 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The lifetime achievement honor will be given to sound mixer Jeffrey S. Wexler while DGA president Taylor Hackford is to be feted with the filmmaker award.

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