The Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for 2021 went to a short documentary from the VR game Medal of Honor: Beyond and Beyond. The short film, titled Colette, was created by Oculus Studios and EA’s Respawn Entertainment. The Oscar is the first time something from the video game industry has been honoured.
Last night’s Oscar ceremony was unlike any other in recent memory. The concert was held two months later than normal, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Furthermore, the majority of the films were released when theatres were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There were, though, few memorable moments. With her film ‘Nomadland,’ Chloé Zhao became the first woman of colour to win Best Director. Yuh-Jung Youn, who starred in the film ‘Minari,’ became the first Korean woman to receive an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Surprisingly, the film ‘Colette’ won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject, making it the first video game industry Oscar.
‘Colette’ is a short film featured in the VR war game Medal of Honor: Brave and Beyond. It tells the story of Colette Marin-Catherine, a member of the French resistance against the Nazi regime that returns to Germany for the first time in 74 years. During her time there, she visits the slave labor camp where her brother was killed. Anthony Giacchino directed the film.
“The real hero here is Colette herself, who has shared her story with integrity and strength,” said Mike Doran, Oculus Studios director of production. “As we see in the film, resistance takes courage, but facing one’s past may take even more.”
Medal of Honor: Brave and Beyond, unlike the documentary film, was panned by reviewers. The VR game was panned for having a poor plot and decent but forgettable action sequences, earning a 65 percent average review score.