By Mel Lambert
While George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road swept the Academy Awards for both sound editing and sound mixing — congratulations, respectively, to co-supervising sound editors Mark Mangini and David White, production mixer Ben Osmo, and re-recording mixers Chris Jenkins and Gregg Rudloff — members of the Cinema Audio Society/CAS and Motion Picture Sound Editors/MPSE favored a broader cross section of film and TV productions during their recent awards ceremonies held in Hollywood in late February.
Hosted by comedian Elayne Boosler, the 52nd CAS Awards celebrated the lifetime contributions of ADR mixer Doc Kane by honoring him with the CAS Career Achievement Award for his more than 350 film credits. There were special video tributes from both Disney Animation and Pixar, as well as actor Brad Garrett.
Emmy Award-winning director/producer/screenwriter Jay Roach received the CAS Filmmaker Award, with remarks from Oscar-nominated actor Bryan Cranston and sound designer/re-recording mixer John Ross, CAS.
The CAS Motion Picture — Live Action Award went to The Revenant, with production mixer Chris Duesterdiek; re-recording mixers Jon Taylor, CAS, Frank Montaño and Randy Thom, CAS; scoring mixer Conrad Hensel; ADR mixer Michael Miller, CAS; and Foley mixer Geordy Sincavage. The CAS Motion Picture — Animation Award went to Inside Out, with original dialog mixer Doc Kane; re-recording mixers Tom Johnson and Michael Semanick; scoring mixer Joel Iwataki; and Foley mixer Mary Jo Lang, CAS.
The CAS Television Movie or Miniseries Award went to Fargo: “Season 2 Episode 5” and production mixer Michael Playfair, CAS; and re-recording mixers Kirk Lynds and Martin Lee. The CAS Television Series — One-Hour went to Game of Thrones: “Hardhome” and production mixers Ronan Hill, CAS, and Richard Dyer, CAS; re-recording mixers Onnalee Blank, CAS, and Mathew Waters, CAS; and Foley mixer Brett Voss, CAS. The CAS Television Series — 1/2-Hour Award went to Modern Family: “Connection Lost” and production mixer Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS; plus re-recording mixers Dean Okrand, CAS, Brian R. Harman, CAS, and David Michael Torres. The CAS Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials Award went to Live From Lincoln Center: Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton, and re-recording mixer Ken Hahn, CAS, and production/house sound mixer Paul Be.
Matt Yocum, a student at Savannah College of Art and Design, was given the CAS Student Recognition Award with a check for $2,500. CAS Technical Achievement Awards were presented to Sound Devices SL-6 and iZotope RX5-Advanced for Post Production.
Celebrity presenters included former Screen Actors Guild president Ed Asner, Emmy-nominated actor Walton Goggins, actress/writer Mo Collins, actor Charley Koontz, actress Dana Gourrier and comedian Carlos Alazraqui.
The 63rd MPSE Golden Reel Awards featured 24 categories encompassing feature films, long/short-form TV, animation, documentaries and other media. Held on February 27 in downtown Los Angeles, opening remarks came from outgoing MPSE president Frank Morrone and incoming president Tom McCarthy.
During the ceremonies, the annual MPSE Filmmaker Award was given to director Sam Raimi by re-recording mixer Marti Humphrey and sound designer/supervising sound editor Jussi Tegelman. Supervising sound editor/sound designer Richard King was presented with an MPSE Career Achievement Award by picture editor Lee Smith and re-recording mixer Doug Hemphill.
MPSE Best Sound Editing: Feature English Language — FX/Foley was a tie, with joint honors going to Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant. For Mad Max: Fury Road, supervising sound editors Mark Mangini, MPSE, Scott Hecker, MPSE, and Wayne Pashley, MPSE; supervising Foley editor Stuart Morton; sound designers David White and Julian Slater; Foley artists John Simpson and Blair Slater; and sound effects editors Fabian Sanjurjo, Cate Cahill, Chris Aud, Chuck Michael, Rick Lisle, Andrew Miller, Emma Mitchell, Alicia Slusarski, Mario Gabrielli, Nigel Christensen, Phil Barrie, Michael Mitchell and Jared Dwyer.
For The Revenant it was supervising sound editors Martín Hernández, Randy Thom, MPSE, and Lon Bender, MPSE; sound designer Jon Title; Foley supervisor Geordy Sincavage; additional supervising sound editor Todd Toon, MPSE; sound effects editors Mark Larry, Dino DiMuro, Adam Kopald, Pernell L. Salinas, Bill Dean, D. Chris Smith, MPSE, Hector Gika, David McMoyler and Stephen Robinson; Foley editors Nancy MacCleod, Ryan Wassil and Aran Tanchum; plus Foley artists Katy Rose, Gretchen Thomas, Rick Owens, Vincent Guisetti, Catherine Harper, Gregg Barbanell and Andrea Gard.
The MPSE Best Sound Editing & Music: Animation — Feature Film went to Inside Out supervising sound editors Shannon Mills and Ren Klyce; supervising dialogue editor Daniel Laurie; supervising music editor Stephen M. Davis; sound designer Ren Klyce; Foley artists John Roesch and Alyson Dee Moore; sound effects editors David C. Hughes, Malcolm Fife and Jeremy Bowker; plus Foley editor Tom Brennan.
The MPSE Best Sound Editing & Music: Documentary — Feature Film went to Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and supervising sound editor Cameron Frankley, sound effects editor Dan Kenyon and music editor Jon Michaels.
The MPSE Best Sound Editing: Feature Film — Music Score went to Star Wars: The Force Awakens supervising music editor Ramiro Belgardt and music editor Paul Apelgren. The MPSE Best Sound Editing: Feature Film — Music in a Musical went to Love & Mercy and music editor Nicholas Renbeck. The MPSE Best Sound Editing: Feature English Language — Dialogue/ADR went to Bridge Of Spies supervising sound editors Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom; supervising dialogue editor Brian Chumney; and supervising ADR editor Steve Slanec.
Presenters included producer Ra’uf Glasgow, actress Briana Brown, supervising sound editor Alan Murray, actress Julia Parker, actor Joe Spano, producer Andrew Sugarman, supervising sound editor Cameron Frankley, Warner Bros. executive Bill Angorola, music editor Thomas Milano and production sound editor/CAS President Mark Ulano.
A complete list of MPSE Golden Reel Awards can be found on the organization’s website: www.mpse.org.
Our Main Image: Inside Out (L-R): Presenter Onnalee Blank, CAS, Michael Semanick, Doc Kane, Mary Jo Lang, CAS, Tom Johnson, Joel Iwataki and presenter/actor Walton Goggins.
MPSE Photos: Tilt Photo