‘Top Gun’ Sound Mixer William B. Kaplan to be Honored by Cinema Audio Society


Cinema Audio Society Decided to Honour ‘Top Gun’ Sound Mixer William B. Kaplan

7 times Oscar-Nominated sound mixer and Sound mixer of “Top Gun”, William B. Kaplan is towards the path of one more nonarable award.

The decision of awarding The Career Achievement Award of Cinema Audio Society’s highest award during the event on April 17th, 2021 has been finalized in talks. However, it is still to determine that the ceremony will be held live or virtual.


Till now William B. Kaplan has been nominated for Academy Awards for:

    • Top Gun
    • Crimson Tide
  • Back to the Future
  • Forrest Gump
  • Contact
  • Cast Away
  • The Polar Express

William B. Kaplan has won the Cinema Audio Society award for Forrest Gump and was nominated for 3 more movies.By Now William B. Kaplan has contributed in 155 films and still counting. He is also not planning for his retirement too, rather he likes working on The Morning Show for Apple TV+.

As per the president of Cinema Audio Society, Karol Urban, William has done exceptional file making over decades now with exemplary works of art and staples of global pop culture.

A Little History About The Legend William B. Kaplan In Sound Mixing:

William’s father used to work on MGM sets, where he grew up watching Gene Kelly dance of Singing in the Rain, Brando command the Bounty, and Bogart push the African Queen on stage.

Later William attended Cal Western University, University of Arizona, USC, and UCLA, majoring in psychology and pre-med. He accepted a position as a DP on 35mm without prior experience, where he read the ACS manual, and later received a master’s degree in film from UCLA.

He has many more accolades and worked in all sorts of astonishing conditions like a live recording of dialogs of the actors in fighter jets traveling at the speeds beyond the sound barrier in Top Gun, following which he was hired for Avatar.

When the amazing news of awarding him, has been shared with him, he was astonished, humbled, amazed, and thrilled at the same time, while thinking that how many amazing, world-class mixers Cinema Audio Society could have chosen over him, but he was lucky and deserving at this exact moment.

On that note, let wait for the final day of the event to capture the honourable moment. Until then, stay tuned with us and keep reading all the latest information.


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