Los Angeles, CA (August 3, 2017)—The Cinema Audio Society will honor multiple CAS- and Oscar-nominated re-recording mixer Anna Behlmer with the organization’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award next year.
Behlmer, who grew up in Hollywood not far from Glen Glenn and Todd O-A, is a first-generation American, the daughter of Italian immigrants. In college, she started dating a sound engineer who worked at Ryder Sound in Hollywood. With the encouragement of mixer Gary Bourgeois, she got a union card and went to work at Glen Glenn Sound. Her first call was working on Laverne and Shirley and Happy Days as a Y-15 loader.
Glen Glenn merged with Todd-AO and developed a mixer training program and, in 1989, with the encouragement of JR Delang, Chris Jenkins, and Bourgeois, Behlmer joined the program. There were no female re-recording mixers at that time. She worked at Todd-AO with Richard Portman for several years before starting an almost 20-year collaboration with Andy Nelson at Todd-AO in 1993 that ended at Fox in 2012.
In 1996, Behlmer became the first woman to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Sound Mixing category, for Braveheart. The following year there was a second Oscar nomination, for Evita.
In 1998, she moved to Fox where she mixed for the next 14 years. During that time, she added eight more Oscar-nominations for L.A. Confidential, The Thin Red Line, Moulin Rouge!, Seabiscuit, The Last Samurai, War of the Worlds, Blood Diamond and Star Trek. Additionally, she’s received six BAFTA nominations (with three wins), 12 CAS nominations and five Satellite Award nominations.
In 2012, she moved to the new Technicolor facility at Paramount where she works about 50 feet from the place where she had her first call. She has come full circle — and that engineer she was dating is Curt, her husband of 33 years.
Behlmer is a long-time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and has served several terms on the Sound Branch Executive Committee.
The CAS Career Achievement Award will be presented at the 54th CAS Awards on February 24, 2018 in Los Angeles.
Cinema Audio Society