“We’d like to thank the Academy …”
Just kidding. We at Dolby won’t get to give an Oscars® acceptance speech this year (though our company and employees have won a few Academy Awards in the past). Nonetheless, we were very proud when the Oscar nominations were announced this morning.
Once again, all the movies nominated for Achievement in Sound Editing and Achievement in Sound Mixing were released using Dolby® audio technology. In fact, this marks the 36th consecutive year that films released with Dolby audio technologies have earned Academy Award® nominations for outstanding sound quality.
And this year, two of the nominated films—Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug—use our latest cinema sound system, Dolby Atmos. Those two films were nominated for awards in both the sound editing and sound mixing categories.
The other nominees for sound editing are All Is Lost, Captain Phillips, and Lone Survivor. Captain Phillips and Lone Survivor also received nominations for sound mixing, joined by Inside Llewyn Davis. (Here’s the list of all the nominated films, actors, and filmmakers.)
Dolby Atmos is a new approach to cinema sound. It lets filmmakers place and move specific sounds anywhere in the theater, including over your head. In Gravity, Dolby Atmos made the music tumble around the viewer, just the same way Sandra Bullock’s character, astronaut Ryan Stone, was tumbling through space. In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, viewers could hear the coins in the dragon Smaug’s cavern of treasure jingling and ringing all around them.
Of course, any technology like Dolby Atmos is really just a tool. It takes talented artists to make something engrossing and beautiful using any cinema technology. So we congratulate all the Oscar nominees and wish them the best of luck on March 2.