Half of Oscar sound nominations go to Dolby Atmos films

Oscar season is upon us once again!

With the nominee likes of “Whiplash”, “The Theory of Everything”, “Birdman”, “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game” all vying for Best Picture at this year’s upcoming 87th Oscars Academy Awards show, its sure to be a jam-packed evening teeming with anticipation and excitement.

Another electrifying category to watch this year is the sound editing and sound mixing category. This is the 37th consecutive year that films released with Dolby® audio technologies have earned Academy Award nominations for outstanding sound quality with three Dolby Atmos films, American Sniper (Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Brent Burge and Jason Canovas), and Unbroken (Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro), having been nominated in the sound editing category. Meanwhile, two of those titles, American Sniper (John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Walt Martin) and Unbroken (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, and David Lee), have also been nominated in the sound mixing category.


The creators of American Sniper decided to keep the film’s music to a minimum and “score” the film with realistic sounds, according to film industry site Below the Line. That meant long recording sessions with the actual guns used by Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his comrades and even tracking down a plane with the same engine as the early Predator drones.

Director Peter Jackson and his team have used Dolby Atmos for each of the three Hobbit movies. Jackson says their knowledge of how to use the technology has evolved. “Each year now, we’ve managed to do different things as our knowledge of how to best use it expanded,” Jackson says.

Meanwhile, the Unbroken sound team credits Dolby Atmos with helping put the audience in the extreme situations that World War II hero Louis Zamperini experienced—hurtling airplanes, vast oceans, and oppressive jungles. “When you’re in the ocean, when you’re in the jungle and you hear the bugs, you just feel like you’re in that space,” said Andrew DeCristofaro, the supervising sound editor. “It feels more realistic.”


Other films that have also been nominated in the exhilarating sound editing category include, Birdman (Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock) and Interstellar (Richard King)—and for sound mixing—Birdman (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, and Thomas Varga), Interstellar (Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarten), and Whiplash (Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley)- all of which used Dolby surround sound technology.

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Dolby Atmos® sound technology was developed to help talented artists make truly incredible-sounding films by allowing filmmakers unprecedented precision in designing a movie soundtrack. They can place and move sounds anywhere in a theatre, including over the audience’s head, to make viewers feel like they’re inside the story. Dolby Atmos debuted in June 2012 in the Oscar winning animated film ‘Brave’. The technology is now available for home theaters and on mobile devices.


Take a look at the full list of Oscar nominees. The winners will be announced on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre® in Hollywood



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