The Oscars® are a wrap, and here at Dolby, we’re thrilled to celebrate alongside this year’s victors. We draw inspiration from the stories that are told on screen, and a dozen nominees at the 89th Academy Awards® were presented in Dolby Vision™ and/or Dolby Atmos®, up from seven movies last year. Here’s a look at the Oscars winners that used Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos:
Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge (Dolby Atmos)
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)
Animated Short Film: Piper (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)
Visual Effects: The Jungle Book (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)
Cinematography: La La Land (Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos)
Above: La La Land Cinematographer, Linus Sandgren explains shooting Los Angeles as if it were a character in the film.
The 2017 Oscars marks the second year that films featuring Dolby Vision were eligible, with all five nominees tapping the technology for mastering. Needless to say, we’re elated for the casts and crews, and we’re eager to see how filmmakers the world over utilize these technologies to further their stories in the year ahead. Dolby Vision enables content creators to get their complete vision to the eyes of the audience. It delivers deeper blacks, more detailed shadows, and more fiery reds to be seen rather than washed out. It draws a viewer deeper into the story, and enables films to be even more gripping.
On the aural side, we’ve engineered Dolby Atmos to be the most immersive, moving audio solution that the world has ever heard. Hacksaw Ridge, Piper, Zootopia, The Jungle Book and La La Land, all winners mixed in Dolby Atmos, took advantage of audio objects – a concept that enables sound to travel around and overhead in a more natural, life-like manner.
Above: Hacksaw Ridge Sound Editor, Robert Mackenzie shared insight on the film’s gripping war sounds.
Atmos puts the sounds of the onscreen story all around the audience in three-dimensional space, which pulls the viewer inside the moment.
It’s why we do what we do, and having films produced with our latest technologies makes us all the more determined to continue pushing the creative envelope. Congratulations to the nominees and winners of this year’s Academy Awards!