2018 Cinema Audio Society Awards: ‘Dunkirk’ wins on way to Oscars

At Saturday’s Cinema Audio Society Awards, “Dunkirk” edged out three of its Oscar rivals for Best Sound Mixing — “Baby Driver,” “The Shape of Water” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — as well as “Wonder Woman” for the top award. The CAS snubbed “Blade Runner: 2049,” which won big with the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Feb. 18

This win for “Dunkirk” does not guarantee that it will take home the Oscar. Only 12 of the 24 winners with the CAS have repeated at the Academy Awards.

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Coco” won best sound mixing in an animated feature over “Cars 3,””Despicable Me 3,” “Ferdinand” and “The LEGO Batman Movie.” And “Jane” claimed the documentary feature prize over “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” “Gaga: Five Feet Two,” and “Long Strange Trip.”

On the TV front, “Game of Thrones” won on the drama side over ““Better Call Saul,” “Stranger Things,” “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “Silicon Valley” took the comedy category over “Ballers,” “black-ish,” “Modern Family,”  and “Veep.” “Black Mirror” won the movies and miniseries race “Big Little Lies” “Fargo,” “Sherlock” and “Twin Peaks.” And “Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge” won non-fiction over “American Experience,” “Anthony Boudrain: Parts Unknown,” “Deadliest Catch,” and “Who Killed Tupac?”

The Cinema Audio Society Awards were presented on Feb. 24 at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The lifetime achievement honor was given to re-recording mixer Anna Behlmer while Joe Wright got the filmmaker award.

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In 2017, “La La Land” won with the guild over “Doctor Strange,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “La La Land,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Sully.” At the Oscars, “Arrival” and “13 Hours” bumped “Doctor Strange” and “Sully” from the line-up and “Hacksaw Ridge” prevailed.

In 2016, “The Revenant” won Best Sound Mixing here over three of its Oscar rivals — “Bridge of Spies,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — as well as “The Hateful Eight.” The academy snubbed the latter in favor of “The Martian” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” won the Oscar.

In 2014, “Birdman” bested three of its Oscar rivals — “American Sniper,” “Interstellar” and “Unbroken” — at these 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 here, 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 slot. “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” 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.”

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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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