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57th Annual CAS Awards

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THE 57TH ANNUAL CAS AWARDS C I N E M A A U D I O S O C I E T Y 7 HISTORY OF THE CAS AWARDS The Cinema Audio Society had its start in 1964, but it wasn't until 1971 that the CAS presented its first award. It was called the Man of the Year Award and was presented to Gordon Sawyer. Founding member Murray Spivack received the second award. After that, there were a number of years when few or no awards were presented. When I became president of the CAS for the second time, we started the tradition of giving yearly awards. In 1986, the CAS began presenting plaques to the Emmy winners and Oscar nominees. We also presented the first CAS Life Achievement Awards to "Tex" Rudloff and Carroll Pratt. In 1994, the Cinema Audio Society unveiled its own awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures and Television. After 30 years, the establishment of our own CAS Awards, given to sound mixers by their peers, become a reality. Over the years, the CAS Awards have evolved and expanded. Last year marked the 25th year of the presentation and have expanded to seven categories: Motion Pictures: Live Action; Motion Pictures: Animated; Motion Pictures: Documentary; Television Movie or Limited Series; Television Series: One Hour; Television Series: Half-Hour; and Television Non-Fiction, Variety, Music Series or Specials. In addition to increasing the number of categories over the years, the award recipients have expanded from the original re-recording and production mixers to now also include the ADR, Foley and scoring mixers. The CAS also redesigned and renamed the CAS Life Achievement Award in 2006, now called the CAS Career Achievement Award. Also in 2006, the CAS presented its first Filmmaker Award. Another expansion has been the presentation of the CAS Technical Achievement Awards. They were first given in 2005 to honor technical innovation in the area of sound recording and to recognize manufacturers of production and post- production products. The CAS presented its first Student Recognition Award in 2016, in 2018, the Edward J. Greene Award for the Advancement of Sound was established in honor of the former CAS Career Achievement Award honoree, and in 2019 was the presentation of the President's Award. As we prepare for this year's awards, we can see what a long way we have come, and it is with great pride that we celebrate the CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing. It has become an award highly esteemed by mixers as it is truly a recognition by their peers—an award of, by and for sound mixers. by Historian James A. Corbe CAS MPSE Contributions by Melissa Hofmann CAS and Mark Roze CAS

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