Numerous films recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at this year's Oscar awards ceremony were created using Avid’s creative tools and workflow solutions, including every Best Picture nominee and winner The Shape of Water.
In the Film Editing category, winner Lee Smith, ACE for Dunkirk, as well as all nominated editors including Paul Machliss, ACE and Jonathan Amos, ACE for Baby Driver; Tatiana S. Riegel, ACE for I, Tonya; and Jon Gregory, ACE for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Sidney Wolinsky, ACE for The Shape of Water, cut their films using the Media Composer editing system.
Wolinsky commented, “Avid Media Composer is the first digital system I edited on and it’s still the one I prefer. I find that because of the depth of options available to me on Media Composer, I am able to choose the right tool for every editing situation I encounter.”
Every nominee in the Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Song categories used Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard digital audio workstation. The Sound Mixing Award went to Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. Rizzo for Dunkirk; the Sound Editing Award went to Richard King and Alex Gibson for Dunkirk; and Original Song went to Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for their Coco track “Remember Me.”
Sound mixers Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett were nominated for Sound Mixing for Blade Runner 2049. Said Bartlett, “Pro Tools is the foundation for everything we work on in post-production sound. It has given us the ability to do things with sound that we never even dreamed of in the past. The attention to detail and creative possibilities are endless.” On collaborating closely with director Denis Villeneuve, Hemphill added, “Working with Denis on Blade Runner 2049 was one of the highlights of my film career. He has a way of making creativity a part of every moment we spend together. It’s just wonderful.”
In the Original Score category, winner Alexandre Desplat relied on Avid's Sibelius music notation software for The Shape of Water.
Avid congratulated its award-winning and nominated customers for their outstanding achievements at the 90th annual Academy Awards. “The Oscars celebrate the height of creativity and craft in film, and we, at Avid, are ecstatic to call every winner and nominee in the categories of Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Song, and Original Score an Avid customer,” said Avid CEO and President, Jeff Rosica. “It’s a tremendous honor that these talented people are part of our global user community. We congratulate them on their achievements and accolades this awards season.”
Avid’s large customer community are set to convene at the annual Avid Connect event from April 6-8 in Las Vegas, which has become a fixture for the industry, held immediately preceding the NAB Show April 9-12.