2019 Cinema Audio Society Awards nominations: Oscar frontrunner ‘A Star is Born’ plus ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘First Man’ …

The Cinema Audio Society Awards nominees for Best Sound Mixing are: “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “First Man,” “A Quiet Place” and “A Star is Born.” Historically, only about two-thirds of the CSA nominees go on to contend at the Oscars. However, we are predicting that all five of this year’s guild nominees will go on to reap Oscar bids for Best Sound Mixing. “A Star is Born” is our overwhelming frontrunner to win both awards.

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This year’s CAS nominees for sound mixing in an animated feature are: “The Grinch,” “The Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” And the documentary feature contenders are: “Fahrenheit 11/9,” “Free Solo,” “Quincy” and two films directed by Morgan Neville, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

On the TV front, the nominees among half-hour shows are: “Ballers,” “Barry,” “Modern Family,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Silicon Valley.” The hour-long contenders are: “Better Call Saul,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Ozark” and “Westworld.”

The 54th annual Cinema Audio Society Awards will be presented on Feb. 16 at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles. The lifetime achievement honor will be given to Lee Orloff while Steven Spielberg will get the filmmaker award.

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Last year, “Dunkirk” won with both the guild and the academy. Three of its rivals were the same at both awards: “Baby Driver,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “The Shape of Water.” The fifth CAS nominee was “Wonder Woman” while the sound branch of the academy opted for “Blade Runner 2049.”

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 2015, “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 2014, “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 2013, 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 2012, “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 2011, “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 2010, 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 2009 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 2009. The 2006 CAS champ was “No Country for Old Men” and the Oscar went to “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

And though “Dreamgirls” took both prizes in 2007, in each of the previous four years the CAS winner lost at the Oscars. (In 2004, 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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