Steven Spielberg remains one of the great blockbuster filmmakers in the world of cinema over forty years after he scared audiences out of the water. Spielberg will always be regarded as an auteur, helping to usher in the film school era of the 1970s. The young director always prioritized the technical aspects of his films, even as early as “Duel,” when a killer truck chased and killed people. The director broke barriers time and time again, cementing himself in cinema history. From war zones to theme parks, Spielberg made technical marvels that changed the way you watched and how you listen to film. After a life of bringing these worlds to life through impressive soundscapes, the Cinema Audio Society has chosen to recognize Spielberg.

According to an official press release from the Cinema Audio Society, Spielberg is the CAS Filmmaker Honoree for the 55th Annual Awards. The director continues to make strong films that prioritize sound even to this day. This year’s “Ready Player One” may find its way into the sound categories. In 2015, “Bridge of Spies” picked up a Sound Mixing nomination. Other features like “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park” all won Oscars for their sound work. Spielberg joins the likes of Joe WrightJon FavreauRob Marshall, and Jonathan Demme.

Lee Orloff, a sound mixer set to receive the CAS Lifetime Achievement Award. Orloff won his Oscar for working on “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” in 1992. He’s received 7 Sound related nominations in his career and now works on “Westworld” and Marvel films. Orloff will be a strong winner.

What do you think of Spielberg and Orloff as the recipients of the special awards? What film of theirs do you think features the best sound? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

The Cinema Audio Society will hold it’s 55th Annual Awards on Feb. 19, 2019.