Saluting Our Storytellers—Avid Customers Sweep the Oscars

By in The OSCARS® 2015, Video Editing

Editor’s Note: Updated February 23, 2015

With the Eddys, GRAMMYs, and BAFTAs behind us, Oscar® finally made his appearance. Millions tuned in to the film industry’s most anticipated night of the year—the 87th Academy Awards—to see just who would take home an Oscar. We are proud to report that ALL of the nominees and winners for Best Picture, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing relied on one or more Avid solutions.

Being so closely tied to this community, we at Avid want to join in saluting all of the artists who spent countless hours crafting this year’s most acclaimed films. So leading up to the big night, we put a spotlight on the storytellers we know best — our customers.

The ones who distill hundreds of hours of footage into the essential few that tell the story best. The ones who create the songs you remember long after the credits end. The ones who craft that perfect sound to make you jump in your seat. The ones who give life to a director’s vision.

So how did it feel when they heard they were in the running for an Oscar? We caught up with a few of the nominees to find out. Check out what they had to say…

“I’m honored to be nominated for an Academy Award for The Imitation Game. All of us who worked on the film do so because we are passionate about telling Alan Turing’s story, and letting people know about his incredible contributions to the world. I’m very grateful to Avid for giving me a tool to help tell that story in an interesting and creative way.”

William Goldenberg
2015 Nominee for Film Editing, The Imitation Game

“Being nominated for an Oscar is indeed a great honor. It feels really special to be noticed by such an esteemed group of peers, all of whom I have immense respect for. Pro Tools played an essential part in the creation of the music for Begin Again. We recorded all of the music on it and I especially love Pro Tools for editing vocals.”

Danielle Brisebois
2015 Nominee for Best Original Song “Lost Stars” from the film Begin Again

“I’m extremely proud and honoured to be nominated by the Academy for editing The Grand Budapest Hotel. Working on this film gave me the opportunity to collaborate with so many people whom I admire and who are among the finest purveyors of their craft. Wes orchestrated and directed all of these creative elements with such precision and vision that for me as the editor, working at the final stage of these efforts coming together, it was truly exhilarating. I cannot imagine being able to meet the technical and imaginative demands of this project without Avid.”

Barney Pilling
2015 Nominee for Film Editing, The Grand Budapest Hotel

“Being nominated for an Academy Award for Whiplash is truly a great honor. Pro Tools was with us the entire project and S5 fusion consoles got us through a very challenging mix.”

Ben Wilkins
2015 Nominee for Sound Mixing, Whiplash

“All our contributions to the Oscar-nominated song ‘Everything is Awesome’ were made using Pro Tools.  We used a bunch of hot keys: Command M, Command E, Shift Alt 3, etc.  What can we say, we’re big ‘hot key guys’. Thanks Pro Tools!”

The Lonely Island
“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, nominated for Music – Original Song


Congratulations to all of our nominated and winning customers. We are honored to have you in the Avid community!

Here’s a list of all the Oscar nominees and winners that we’re proud to say were created by Avid customers:

Best Picture:

  • American Sniper
  • Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Film Editing:

  • American Sniper – Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
  • Boyhood – Sandra Adair
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
  • The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
  • Winner: Whiplash – Tom Cross


Sound Editing: 

  • Winner: American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
  • Interstellar – Richard King
  • Unbroken – Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Sound Mixing:

  • American Sniper – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
  • Interstellar – Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
  • Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
  • Winner: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Music – Original Song: 

  • “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie – Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
  • Winner: “Glory” from Selma – Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me – Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
  • “Lost Stars” from Begin Again – Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Music – Original Score:

  • Interstellar – Hans Zimmer

Visit The Oscars 2015 for an inside look into the stories behind these films; learn more about the nominated and winning artists and their road to the world’s largest stage. We hope you are as inspired as we are!

With a background in journalism and a passion for bringing information to the masses, I focus my attention on sharing the latest Avid news with you in my role as the Marketing Communications Specialist. @Timory