‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Les Miserables’ among Cinema Audio Society Awards nominees

The Cinema Audio Society nominees for Best Sound Mixing are “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables,” “Skyfall” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”  

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. 

Indeed, only “Les Miserables” and “Zero Dark Thirty” figure in our predictions for the equivalent Oscar, with “Les Miz” tipped for the win. Our other predicted nominees are: “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Life of Pi.” “Skyfall” just misses a bid according to our odds while “Lincoln” is in seventh place and “The Hobbit” is at #13. 

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Last year, “Hugo” won over “Hanna,” “Moneyball,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Super 8” ath 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.) 

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. 

Inaugural nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: “Brave,” “Frankenweenie,” “The Lorax,” “Rise of the Guardians” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”

On the TV front, the drama nominees are: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland” and “Mad Men.” Comedy conteders are: “30 Rock,” “Californication,” “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie” and “The Office.” And the movies and miniseries in the running are: “American Horror Story,” “Game Change,” “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Hemingway & Gellhorn” and “Sherlock.”

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