It is increasingly difficult to distinguish the line that separates video games from reality. Technological advances allow more and more possibilities and, we will see if in a few years, it becomes normal for digital entertainment to have its own category at the Oscars. Meanwhile, it is news that there is a game developer studio that is nominated for the most desired award in the seventh art. It’s Respawn Entertainment, creators of Apex Legends or the Titanfall saga; although his candidacy is not for any of those games.
The Californian studio, in collaboration with Oculus Studios, is nominated for Colette, a documentary about war veterans and created to support the launch of Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, the virtual reality game based on the well-known first-time shooters saga. person. This history of the Second World War has achieved the nomination as best short documentary, and will be present at the gala that will take place on April 25, with options to take the precious statuette.
Respawn co-founder and MoH Above and Beyond director participated in the documentary
Colette is a 24-minute documentary written and directed by Anthony Giachinno that has a production with the British media The Guardian or Electronic Arts itself. Vince Zampella, founder of Respawn, belongs to the team that created this short documentary as co-executive producer, as well as Peter Hirschmann, director of the aforementioned Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.
The content traces the past of WWII surviving war veterans, speaking and touring battle locations, while combining standard footage with VR scenes.
It is not usual for a video game studio to be nominated for an Oscar, but Respawn Entertainment are the first developers to do so. Stephen Barton, composer of the company’s games, wanted to show his chest on Twitter saying that “most film companies are not nominated for an Oscar in their first decade of existence. And many never get one.” Now, the creators of Titanfall or the battle royale Apex Legends have it within reach.