Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘The Revenant’ …

The Cinema Audio Society nominees for Best Sound Mixing are: “Bridge of Spies,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Of these, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is our overwhelming frontrunner to win the equivalent Oscar.  “Star Wars” and “The Revenant” are the only other CAS contenders to number among our top five predicted Oscar nominees, coming in at #2 and #4 respectively. We are predicting the rest of the slate announced Thursday to be “The Martian” (#3) and “Straight Outta Compton” (#5). 

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As a precursor prize, these kudos, now in their 52nd year, have an uneven track record with only about two-thirds of the nominees going on to contend at the Oscars. 

Last year, “Birdman” bested three of its Oscar rivals — “American Sniper,” “Interstellar” and “Unbroken” — at the Cinema Audio Society 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 Best Live-Action Sound Mixing at the Cinema Audio Society Awards, 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 bid. “Gravity” repeated at the Oscars. 

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” 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.) 

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This year’s CAS nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: “The Good Dinosaur,” “Hotel Transylvania 2,” “Inside Out,” “Minions” and “The Peanut Movie.”

On the TV front, the drama nominees are: ““Better Call Saul,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards” and “The Walking Dead.” Comedy conteders are: “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Silcon Valley” and “Veep.” The movies and miniseries in the running are: “American Crime,” “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “Fargo” and “True Detective.” And the non-fiction nominees are “Cosmos,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Foo Fighters Sonic Highway,” “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” and “2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.”

The awards will be presented on Feb. 20 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The lifetime achievement honor will be given to ADR mixer Doc Kane while Jay Roach will get the filmmaker award. 

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