49th Annual CAS Awards, Les Miserables, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen
It was a magical evening for LES MISERABLES and the Sound Mixing Team of Production Mixer Simon Hayes, Re-recording Mixers Andy Nelson and Mark Paterson, Scoring Mixer Jonathan Allen, ADR Mixer Robert Edwards and Foley Mixer Pete Smith at the 49th Annual CAS Awards. The family adventure won Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture - Live Action.
Taking the top honors in the newly added category of Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture - Animated was Brave and the Sound Mixing Team of Original Dialogue Mixer Bobby Johanson, Re-recording Mixer Tom Johnson and Gary Rydstrom, CAS, Scoring Mixer Andrew Dudman and Foley Mixer Frank Rinella.
Held in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel's famed Crystal Ballroom, the program also celebrated the professional contributions of Production Sound Mixer Chris Newman, CAS, with the CAS Career Achievement Award. A three-time Academy Award winner for The English Patient, Amadeus and The Exorcist, Newman has previously won a CAS Award for The English Patient. "Tonight," said Newman, "I consider myself the luckiest man who has ever lived." Previous CAS and Academy Award winner Tom Fleischman, CAS and CAS Filmmaker Honoree Jonathan Demme were on hand to present Newman's award. Newman, Demme and Fleischman have collaborated on many films including: The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate, Married to the Mob and Neil Young: Heart of Gold to name a few.
Among other highlights, Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), was presented with the CAS Filmmaker Award. "This is a very special honor for me on many fronts," said Demme. "Chris Newman is one of the true geniuses that I have been blessed to collaborate with over the years. And for me to receive an award from the sound community, after a career of sound-obsessive film making, is just fantastic, a huge honor. I am so grateful and humbled by this." Presenting his award was Les Miserablés OscarÒ nominee Anne Hathaway, who starred in Demme's Rachel Getting Married. "If you know Jonathan's outstanding work as a director then you know that he is a genius at making movies," said Hathaway. "And if you know Jonathan then you know he is a genius at living beautifully." Presenting with Hathaway was two-time Oscar winner Willie D. Burton, CAS (Dreamgirls, Bird) who served as production sound mixer on Demme's Beloved.