At Dolby, we are passionate about using innovations like Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Cinema to help creative artists tell their stories as spectacularly and effectively as possible. This morning, we’re ecstatic to see so many of the filmmakers we’ve worked with in the last year nominated for Oscars®.

This is just the second year that movies mastered in Dolby Vision were eligible for Academy Awards®, and Dolby Vision films made a clean sweep of all five visual effects nominations. Dolby Vision dramatically improves images by delivering greater brightness, richer contrast, and a wider color gamut.

Dolby Atmos movies dominated the sound award nominations again, with eight of the 10 nominations for sound mixing and sound editing going to films mixed in Dolby Atmos, moving audio that flows all around you.

In all, 12 movies nominated for Academy Awards used Dolby Vision and/or Dolby Atmos, up from seven movies last year.

The honored films include best picture nominees La La Land (best picture, cinematography, sound mixing, and sound editing, among 14 total nominations) and Hacksaw Ridge (best picture, sound mixing, and sound editing, among six total nominations). Three of the five nominees for best animated feature, Moana, Zootopia, and Kubo and the Two Strings, were mastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Dolby Cinema movies nominated

Ten of the nominated films (La La Land, Zootopia, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Piper, and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi) were mastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for presentation in Dolby Cinema. Dolby Cinema combines Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos with inspired design to transform the cinema experience.

More than 70 Dolby Cinema locations are open around the world, and more than 300 Dolby Cinema sites have been installed or committed to globally. More than 60 Dolby Cinema titles have been released or announced.

We wish the best of luck to all this year’s nominees and hope to see a continuation of the trend from last year’s awards, in which many of the top winners were movies that used Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Inside Out, which was mastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, won the award for best animated feature film, and The Revenant, another Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos title, won for best cinematography. Mad Max: Fury Road, mixed in Dolby Atmos, won the awards for sound mixing and sound editing.

Full list of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos nominees

Best Picture

La La Land (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Hacksaw Ridge (Dolby Atmos)

Best Animated Feature

Moana (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Zootopia (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Kubo and the Two Strings (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Cinematography

La La Land (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Visual Effects

Kubo and the Two Strings (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Deepwater Horizon (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Doctor Strange (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

The Jungle Book (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Sound Editing

Deepwater Horizon (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Hacksaw Ridge (Dolby Atmos)

La La Land (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Sully (Dolby Atmos)

Sound Mixing

Hacksaw Ridge (Dolby Atmos)

La La Land (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Short Film (Animated)

Piper (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)

Filmmakers value Dolby innovations

The Academy Awards reward a filmmaking team’s creative vision and their skill in bringing that vision to the screen. We’re honored that so many filmmakers believe that Dolby technology helps them tell their stories in the most effective way possible.

In La La Land, a modern musical set in Los Angeles, the musical score had to have tremendous impact. Composer Justin Hurwitz says Dolby Atmos helped provide that impact. “We wanted it to sound huge, and we wanted it to sound epic,” Hurwitz says. “In [Dolby] Atmos, you feel the orchestra in front of you, and you feel the violins on the left and the cellos on the right, and it just surrounds you. I couldn’t believe how great it sounded.”

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards says Dolby Vision helped draw viewers into the movie’s detailed, chaotic space battles. “Dolby Vision is the ultra high dynamic range,” Edwards says. “The blacks are really rich. The explosions, the little lasers, they feel bright, and you really feel like you’re in there.”

Kubo and the Two Strings is a rare stop-motion film, constructed with small models and puppets arranged on a sound stage. The look and sound of the movie is key to making the story feel big, director Travis Knight says. “In the cinema, with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, we can see the world as the filmmakers intended it,” Knight says. “These technological evolutions in projection, in sound are really exciting for filmmakers and for storytellers. We can take advantage of these new technologies to tell our stories in the best possible way.”

Congratulations from Dolby

At Dolby, we’re proud to provide tools that help artists achieve their creative visions. It’s very gratifying for us to see the creative work of so many friends and partners recognized. Congratulations to all the nominees.

Don’t forget to tune in to the Academy Awards ceremony from the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 26, to see all the winners.