J.J. Abrams to Receive Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award

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Hollywood – Jan. 25 — Visionary filmmaker J.J. Abrams will receive the Cinema Audio Society’s Filmmaker of the Year honor at the 60th CAS Awards on Saturday, Mar, 2, 2024 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“It is our honor to bestow the 2024 CAS Filmmaker Award to esteemed multi-hyphenate, J.J. Abrams,” said CAS President Peter Kurland. “Recognized for his exceptional contributions to the media landscape, Abrams’ innovative storytelling from television to feature films captivates audiences worldwide. His mastery of music and sound, coupled with a keen understanding of the human experience, makes him a truly deserving recipient. We honor Abrams for his unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and his ability to create immersive and resonant cinematic experiences.”

“I am honored beyond words to be receiving this year’s Filmmaker Award from the Cinema Audio Society,” said Abrams of the recognition. “This is a group of artists and technicians I admire enormously, feel indebted to, and look forward to celebrating at this year‘s awards.”

Abrams stands as an accomplished American force in the film and television realms, donning hats as a producer, screenwriter, director, actor and composer.

Celebrated for his prowess in science fiction and action genres, Abrams played  pivotal roles (writer, director and/or producer) in an array of acclaimed television series, including “Felicity,” “Alias,” “Lost,” “Castle Rock,” “Westworld,” “Lovecraft Country,” and the upcoming series’ “Duster” for MAX and “Presumed Innocent” for Apple TV+. His cinematic footprint extends to iconic film franchises such as “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Cloverfield” and the upcoming film “Flowervale Street” for Warner Brothers Studios. Abrams drives his creative legacy forward through Bad Robot, a production company he is co-CEO of with his wife, Katie McGrath.

“There are no doubt aspects of the filmmaking process as important as that of sound, but there is nothing more important,” continued Abrams. “I have been incredibly lucky to collaborate with some of the best production and post production sound teams in the business, and I’m grateful every day — as filmmaker and moviegoer — for their remarkable artistry and skill.”

Abrams’ entrance into the movie business started at the age of 16 in the sound world, when he composed music for Don Dohler’s film “Nightbeast.” As a college senior, he collaborated with Jill Mazursky to craft a feature film treatment that laid the foundation for “Taking Care of Business,” his first produced film.

Abrams’ journey in the industry expanded as he worked on the screenplay for “Armageddon” (1998) and cocreated (as well as composed the opening theme of) “Felicity” (1998), which ran for four seasons. He made his feature directing debut with “Mission: Impossible III” (2006), reinvigorating the franchise. He produced the hit mystery film “Cloverfield” (2008) and cocreated “Fringe” (2008). He directed the “Star Trek” (2009) reboot, proving successful with fans and newcomers to the franchise. He next directed “Super 8” (2011), co-produced by Steven Spielberg, and produced “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (2011). He returned to direct the follow-up to his reboot, “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013). Disney and Lucasfilm announced J.J. as their choice for director of the first episode in the new Star Wars trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015), with Kathleen Kennedy convincing him that his voice would be the best choice to bring new life to this franchise, as he had done with two others before. He also produced “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” (2015) and “Star Trek Beyond” (2016), and executive-produced Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017). Abrams returned to the galaxy far far away to direct “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” (2019), completing the trilogy he started.

In addition to his film and television work, Abrams also conceived the novel “S.” with writer Doug Dorst, which became a New York Times Best Seller. For Broadway, he has produced “The Play That Goes Wrong,” Derren Brown’s “Secret,” “GUTENBERG! The Musical!,” and the play “Appropriate.”

This will be the 19th year that CAS bestows its Filmmaker Award. Past honorees include Alejandro González Iñárritu, Gil Cates, George Clooney, Bill Condon, Jonathan Demme, Jon Favreau, Taylor Hackford. Richard Linklater, James Mangold, Rob Marshall, Paul Mazursky, Jay Roach, Sir Ridley Scott, Henry Selick, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Joe Wright, and Edward Zwick.

CAS will also honor multi-award-winning re-recording sound mixer Joe Earle CAS (“American Horror Story,” “Six Feet Under”),  with its highest honor, the Career Achievement Award at the Mar. 2 ceremony.

 

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About the CAS Awards

The 60th CAS Awards will honor Outstanding Achievements in Sound Mixing in seven categories: Motion Pictures – Live Action, Motion Pictures – Animated, Motion Pictures – Documentary, Non-Theatrical Motion Pictures or Limited Series, Television Series – One Hour, Television Series – Half Hour and Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials. The CAS Student Recognition Award will also be presented. Visit here for the full CAS Awards timeline.

 

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Last modified: January 25, 2024

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