Los Angeles, CA (April 26, 2021)—Sound of Metal, the story of a drummer who starts to lose his hearing, won the Oscar in the Motion Picture Academy’s newly combined sound category, acknowledging an international team based in the U.S., Mexico and France.
Supervising sound editor and sound designer Nicolas Becker, speaking from Paris, accepted the award on behalf of the team, which included production mixer Phillip Bladh, who is based in Los Angeles, and Jaime Baksht, Carlos Cortés and Michelle Couttolenc, who worked on the film at Astro LX studios in Mexico. Couttolenc was one of only two women nominated in the category this year.
Riz Ahmed, the star of the film, presented the award, which combines sound mixing and sound editing into a single category. The categories were combined after the same film won for both editing and mixing four times in the past seven years: Gravity in 2013, Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, Dunkirk in 2017 and Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018. The last film to win a separate best sound category before it was split into two categories — best sound editing and best sound mixing — was Chicago in 2002.
Sound of Metal also won the Oscar for film editing, acknowledging the work of Denmark-based Mikkel E. G. Nielsen.
In April, Sound of Metal also won a Cinema Audio Society awards for outstanding achievement in sound mixing in the category of motion pictures – live action.
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