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Saturday Night at the CAS and USC Scripter Awards

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 19, 2012 at 3:14AM

The Sound and Editing Awards were given out tonight, and winners were "Hugo" and "The Descendants" and "The Artist, respectively.
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Hugo
Hugo
"The Descendants."
"The Descendants."
Dujardin & Bejo in "The Artist"
Dujardin & Bejo in "The Artist"

Sound and Editing Awards were given out Saturday, and winners were "Hugo," and "The Descendants" and "The Artist, respectively.

For those of you filling out your Oscar ballots (most Academy members have mailed theirs, as Monday is a holiday and the ballots are due Tuesday at the Academy--walk-ins are permitted), you can assign the two sound categories to "Hugo" and editing is still a toss-up between "The Artist" and "The Descendants."

I attended the elegant Scripters awards at USC's Doheny Library, as I am on the selection committee of writers, critics and academics who vote on best adapted screenplay. These awards honor the original writer as well as the adapter. 109 scripts were eligible: the five finalists were "The Descendants," "Moneyball," "Jane Eyre," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," and "A Dangerous Method."

As expected, "The Descendants" won while writer-director Alexander Payne was across town being honored with the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year. Author Kaui Hart Hemmings and writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash accepted. (Faxon thanked Payne for casting George Clooney and not him.) Earlier in the evening, Scripter Literary Achievement Award winner Paul Haggis ("Crash") said: "It's a ridiculous profession, writing." (He thanked his parents for supporting his ridiculousness and encouraged all parents to do so.)

While no one expected the late Charlotte Bronte or Bridget O'Connor to show up, neither did Christopher Hampton ("A Dangerous Method") or John Le Carre and O'Connor's widower Peter Straughan  ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") or Moira Buffini ("Jane Eyre"). Steve Zaillian and Stan Chervin were there for "Moneyball," but not Aaron Sorkin or author Michael Lewis.

I was crushed But I always enjoy talking to Zaillian, who has finished "The Girl Who Played with Fire," but admits that Sony has yet to green light the "Dragon Tattoo" sequel. Budget issues are a concern, even though the first one will probably eke out a small profit. But Sony won't spend as heavily (some $90 million) on the next one, which could dissuade David Fincher from coming back. After the "House of Cards" series pilot, will Fincher do Sony's "Cleopatra" or Disney's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea"?

Over at the Eddies, Anne Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius won for Best Edited Feature Film (comedy or musical) for "The Artist," while "The Descendants" editor Kevin Tent won for Drama. Craig Wood for "Rango" won Best Animated Feature Film and Lewis Erskine and Aljernon Tunsil won for Best Edited Documentary for "Freedom Riders." "Homeland" won for Best Edited One Hour Series for Non-Commercial TV (Jordan Goldman and David Latham).

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television Movie or Mini-Series:

TO BIG TO FAIL and the Sound Mixing Team of Production Mixer James J. Sabat, CAS and Re-recording Mixers Chris Jenkins, Bob Beemer, CAS and Scoring Mixer Chris Fogel. This is Sabat’s second CAS Award win. He previously won for Angels in America. This is Jenkins first CAS Award in this category. He received a CAS President’s Award in 2004 for sound restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s films.  Beemer has 4 previous CAS awards Dreamgirls, Road to Perdition, Gladiator and the Mini-Series John Adams – Join or Die. This is Fogel’s first CAS Award.

 Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series: BOARD WALK EMPIRE  (To The Lost– Episode 2.12) and the Sound Mixing Team of Production Sound Mixer Franklin D. Stettner, CAS and Re-recording Mixer Tom Fleischman, CAS.  This is Fleischman’s third CAS Award in this category. He won last year for Boardwalk Empire (with Stettner) and has a prior win for 24. This is Stettner’s second consecutive win for Boardwalk Empire.

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Non Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials: DEADLIEST CATCH: New Blood and Re-recording Mixer Bob Bronow, CAS.  This is the fourth CAS win for Bronow and Deadliest Catch in this category.

 The winners of the CAS Technical Achievement Awards:

PRODUCTION: Zaxcom Nomad Production Sound

POST-PRODUCTION: Avid Pro Tools 10

The winners of the ACE Eddie Awards:


BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

The Descendants

Kevin Tent, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

The Artist

Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

Rango

Craig Wood, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:

Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Palestinian Chicken”

Steven Rasch, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Breaking Bad: “Face Off”

Skip MacDonald

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Homeland: “Pilot”

Jordan Goldman & David Latham

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:

Cinema Verite

Sarah Flack, A.C.E. & Robert Pulcini

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY:
Freedom Riders

Lewis Erskine & Aljernon Tunsil

BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES:

Anthony Bourdain - No Reservations: “Haiti”

Eric Lasby

STUDENT COMPETITION

Eric Kench – Video Symphony
 

WINNERS FOR 62nd ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

The Descendants

Kevin Tent, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

The Artist

Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

Rango

Craig Wood, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:

Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Palestinian Chicken”

Steven Rasch, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Breaking Bad: “Face Off”

Skip MacDonald

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Homeland: “Pilot”

Jordan Goldman & David Latham

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:

Cinema Verite

Sarah Flack, A.C.E. & Robert Pulcini

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY:
Freedom Riders

Lewis Erskine & Aljernon Tunsil

BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES:

Anthony Bourdain - No Reservations: “Haiti”

Eric Lasby

STUDENT COMPETITION

Eric Kench – Video Symphony

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.