Now in its 88th year, this year’s Academy Awards nominees and winners celebrated some of the best films and professionals of the season, including The Revenant, Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian and more.
The most exceptional film editors, composers, sound editors and sound mixers used Avid creative solutions to bring the most celebrated films to life. This year, every nominee in the Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Score categories, including Best Picture winner Spotlight, was crafted by Avid customers using Avid Artist Suite audio and video creative tools.
Apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road won the most awards, taking home six in total. Margaret Sixel won the award for Best Film Editing, adding to the BAFTA and ACE Eddie Awards she won for her work on the film using Avid Media Composer®. Mark Mangini and David White won the golden statuette for Best Sound Editing for the film.
“Pro Tools® has become the de facto standard for feature film sound editorial and design, whether you’re designing sounds that you’ve never heard before or just doing traditional sound editing,” said Mangini, supervising sound editor. “As a worldwide standard, Pro Tools made it very easy to start the project in Sydney, transfer the final mix process to Los Angeles, and simply pick up where we left off.”
Mangini’s colleague at full-service post-production sound company Formosa Group, Lon Bender, was nominated in the same category for his work on The Revenant. “I had an opportunity to develop many soundscapes on The Revenant,” he said, “Each day I would take material from our team and hone it using my Avid control surface for reviews with Alejandro. I continue to grow as the tools keep presenting new ways to approach our workflow.”
All five nominees in the Sound Mixing category also used Pro Tools, with Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo taking home the prize for Mad Max: Fury Road.
All five nominees in the Original Score category—including winner Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight—relied on Sibelius®. Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith also used the music notation software for Writing’s on the Wall from the film Spectre, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Congratulations to all of our Academy Award-nominated and winning customers!