Colette wins an Oscar for Respawn and Oculus
A first for the video game industry as Colette wins the Academy Award for the Best Documentary (Short Subject) at the 2021 Oscars. This 25-minute short film is part of Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. The documentary is made by Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard and is co-produced by Oculus and Respawn. This short documentary features in the gallery mode of Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a game released in Steam and Oculus VR in December 2020.
The game was developed by Apex Legends game studio Respawn and Titanfall. The story in Colette is based on 92-year-old Colette Marin Catherine, a French Resistance Fighter. The documentary takes us back to WWII and Colette’s return to Germany. The film also covers the prison camp where her brother Jean Pierre died.
Mike Doran, Oculus Studios Executive, shared his thoughts, “The real hero here is Colette herself, who has shared her story with integrity and strength. As we see in the film, resistance takes courage, but facing one’s past may take even more. Allowing us to preserve this pilgrimage for future generations was a true act of bravery and trust. We hope this award and the film’s reach means, as Colette says, that Jean-Pierre’s memory, as well as all of those who resisted, are no longer lost in the ‘Night and Fog’ of Dora.”
Colette is the first one for the gaming industry, an achievement that was unheard of in the gaming industry before. Maybe in the future, some other studios follow suit and include short films that would take them to the Oscars. As for now, Respawn is busy with the Apex Legends Mobile version and a brand new IP. Despite winning the Academy Award, Respawn hasn’t decided yet to pursue short films and documentaries.