2008 Sound Mixing Oscar winners
for Slumdog Millionaire. (l-r):
Richard Pryke, Ian Tapp and
Resul Pookutty, who mixed on
Euphonix System 5 at Pinewood
Studios Group, UK.
Palo Alto, CA (February 27, 2009)–At the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22, Euphonix console users A.R. Rahman and the sound mixing team of Richard Pryke, Ian Tapp and Resul Pookutty of Pinewood Studios Group were recognized for their work on Slumdog Millionaire.
Rahman, who captured two Academy Awards, one for Best Original Score and the other for Best Original Song (“Jai Ho”), used his Euphonix System 5 digital audio mixing system with EuCon Hybrid to create and mix the music and score. Earlier this year, Rahman made film history when he became the first Indian ever to win a Golden Globe for Best Original Motion Picture Score, as well as the first Indian music director to be nominated for three Oscars. Rahman also won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA) for Best Music in Film.
Pryke, Tapp and Pookutty, who won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound, mixed the film on a Euphonix System 5 dual operator film mixing system with EuCon Hybrid option for DAW Control in Pinewood Studios Group’s newly renovated Powell and Pressburger Theatres. This is the first Oscar win for each of the sound mixers who, in the past few weeks, have already been taking home top prizes for their talented sound editing efforts. Prior to last night’s ceremony, the trio had also won a BAFTA and a Cinema Audio Society Award.
Slumdog Millionaire is the sixth feature film mixed on a Euphonix digital audio system that has won the coveted Academy Award. “Euphonix System 5 consoles have long been the choice of the world’s best sound mixers,” says Martin Kloiber, Euphonix CEO. “With Slumdog Millionaire’s landslide win, Euphonix enjoys its eighth consecutive year of involvement with Oscar-worthy films. We couldn’t be more proud of our clients, A.R. Rahman and the fantastic team at Pinewood Studios Group. Clearly, this talented team and Euphonix technology are a winning combination.”
To date, sound mixing teams working on a Euphonix System 5 digital audio mixing console have won or been nominated for a sound mixing Oscar every year since 2001. Even more notable is that sound mixing teams working on System 5 have won six of the last eight years.