Respawn addressed the news on Twitter, with the company saying it was “humbled and honored” by the win. If you don’t own a virtual reality headset or Above and Beyond, you can watch it for free on The Guardian’s website after the newspaper helped distribute the film more widely. It’s the first Oscar for Respawn, Oculus, or The Guardian.
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/CxwNGWMOXv
— Respawn (@Respawn) April 26, 2021
Colette tells the story of Colette Marin-Catherine, a former member of the French Resistance, who returns (with history student Lucie Fouble) to Germany for the first time since World War 2, including visiting the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp where her brother was murdered. Colette herself turned 92 on the day the documentary won its Oscar.
In his acceptance speech, Anthony Giacchino said “I would just like to thank, of course, Colette and Lucie. I want to thank our amazing E.P., Peter Hirschmann, at Electronic Arts, everyone at Electronic Arts and Respawn, and Oculus.”
You can check out our review of Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond here. We scored the game a 6 out of 10, calling it an “average-at-best” VR shooter. In other Respawn news, it was recently revealed that the studio is in the early stages of building a new franchise from scratch. We also learned last week that a new Apex Legends hero is coming on May 4, and the character is a Titanfall pilot’s daughter.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.