Respawn Entertainment might be the first and only studio to call itself "Oscar-winning", after a short WW2 film it helped produce (opens in new tab) won Best Documentary (Short Subject) at the Academy Awards this weekend.
Colette (opens in new tab), a documentary joint-produced by Respawn and Oculus and freely distributed by The Guardian, follows one of the last surviving members of the French resistance as she returns to Germany for the first time in 74 years, visiting the concentration camp where her brother was killed.
The documentary was produced as part of several live-action, historical shorts created for the studio's VR shooter, Medal Of Honor: Above And Beyond, and names Respawn CEO Vince Zampella as a co-producer. Naturally, the studio is pretty damn chuffed to be the first game studio to be awarded an Oscar win.
We're over the moon about Colette's Best Documentary (Short Subject) #Oscars win tonight! From Vince, Peter, and all of us at Respawn, we are humbled and honored. Thank you.And if you haven't seen the film, you can watch it for free here: https://t.co/CxwNGWMOXvApril 26, 2021
We were less hot on Medal Of Honor: Above And Beyond itself, with reviewer Tyler Wilde finding an "inconsistent, sometimes boring virtual reality World War 2 adventure" (opens in new tab). Now that Respawn has established it can produce Oscar winning documentaries, we can only hope it can put those chops into financing a heartfelt flick about a wallrunning soldier and his giant robot boyfriend (opens in new tab).