Respawn Entertainment Wins Best Short Documentary Oscar for Colette

Published 04/26/2021, 3:02 PM EDT


The video game industry made a massive entry into the world of cinema during the recently held Academy Awards. The 93rd iteration of the prestigious award show saw the best of Hollywood from great movies to outstanding performances from various artists. Along with the glitz and the glamor, Apex Legends, and Titanfall series developers, Respawn Entertainment made their presence felt after winning the Best Short Documentary for the movie Colette.

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Respawn Entertainment documentary wins big at the 93rd Academy Awards

Respawn Entertainment produced the short film Colette with popular gaming studio Electronic Arts and Oculus Studios. The movie was released as part of the developer’s latest VR title Medal of Honor: Above & Beyond. The 24 minute documentary was part of a collection of shorts consisting of World War II legends. It premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival last year, where it also won the award for the best documentary which secured its ticket to the 2021 Oscars.

Colette revolves around the story of Colette Marin-Catherine, a former French Resistance Fighter during World War II. The movie showcases her journey into Germany to visit her brother’s place of death for the first time since the end of the war. During the journey, she talks about the war, and her brother who died in a concentration camp at Mittelbau-Dora. Filmmakers Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard created the short film for the video game.

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First Gaming Studio to win an Oscar

With the victory for Colette, Respawn became the first gaming studio to win an award from the Academy. The Medal of Honor franchise has always been at the forefront for movies in video games. The series has always showed a lot of war footage, and stories of the various people involved in it. Popular filmmaker Steven Spielberg worked on the story of a few titles in the early 2000s. He even gave the idea for the first game in the series back in 1997.

Video games have always produced some of the best storylines in the entertainment industry. Along with that, many titles can go toe-to-toe with some of the high quality production TV shows and films. With the gaming world making a giant leap into the movie industry, fans can expect to see a lot more entries to arrive soon.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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