Respawn and Oculus' documentary Colette wins Oscar

Respawn and Oculus' documentary Colette wins Oscar

Short film Colette won the Best Documentary Short Subject category at the Academy Awards.

The VR film was featured in Respawn and Oculus Studios' 2020 release, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, and follows the story of former French Resistance member Colette Marin-Catherine in her journey to Germany for the first time since the end of the Second World War. It was directed by Anthony Giacchino and released via The Guardian at the end of 2020.

“We’re deeply honoured and humbled that Colette has won the Oscar," Giacchino said, as reported by The Guardian.

"But our deepest gratitude goes to Colette and Lucie, for allowing us to share their story and bear witness to their journey.”

Respawn creative director Peter Hirschmann added: “We could not be more proud of Anthony Giacchino and the team's work in bringing Colette’s story to life as part of Medal of Honor, a video game franchise rooted in history and the retelling of veterans’ stories to generations for years to come.

“As we continue to take steps towards further legitimizing the creativity and passion of those in the games industry, we hope this is the first of many Oscars® for video game companies who have shown time and time again how powerful and impactful storytelling through this interactive medium can be.”

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