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Respawn Entertainment has become the first game developer to ever win an Oscar

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

Having the “Oscar-Winning” label in Hollywood is not only a fantastic achievement but also a great selling point for yourself. Video game developers have never even been nominated for one let alone won. This weekend, however, history has been made.

Respawn Entertainment are responsible for some fantastic games such as Star War Jedi: Fallen Order, Titan Fall and the hugely successful online shooter Apex Legends. However, there accolade is not for a video game.

They co-produced a short documentary with Oculus Studios that was included in the 2020 game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. The World War II documentary, Colette, won the Best Documentary (Short Subject) Oscar at the 93rd events ceremony. Respawn Entertainment posted on Twitter celebrating their success and thanking everyone.

The Colette documentary tells the real story of Colette Marin-Catherine, a member of the French Resistance who had not visited Germany since 1945. It follows her emotional return to Germany and includes her visit to the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp where her brother was murdered.

The Oscar event was not only a win for Respawn and Oculus’ documentary, but also Colette’s 92nd birthday.

Where to watch Colette

The film was originally released as part of the Gallery Mode in Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Oculus is celebrating their Oscar win by making the documentary available for free on Oculus TV, perfect for anyone with the Oculus Quest platform.

If like most you don't have an Oculus it is still possible to watch the Oscar-winning documentary for free online. Respawn Entertainment and Oculus teamed up with The Guardian to distribute their documentary. The Guardian has also uploaded it to their YouTube channel.

Take half an hour to watch this emotional documentary and see why it gained such acclaim.

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