Winning Sound at the 88th Academy® Awards

1st March 2016

Almost every single nominee in this year’s Academy® Awards had their soundtrack mixed and/or music recorded on AMS Neve DFC and Neve 88RS consoles, used to produce the sound for last night’s winners. Notably, every nominated film in the Sound Mixing category had audio produced using AMS Neve’s DFC and 88RS consoles. These hugely powerful consoles dominated this year’s Academy Awards, being used to produce the sound for the winners.

‘The Hateful Eight’ – Best Original Score – maestro Ennio Morricone won an Oscar for his The Hateful Eight score, recorded in Studio 1 at Abbey Road on their Neve 88RS.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ – the final mix was done on the DFC Gemini at WB Burbank, Stage 10.

‘The Revenant’ – mixed by Randy Thom, Leff Lefferts, and Brandon Proctor on their DFC Gemini console.

‘Spotlight’ – Best Picture – had its Howard Shore written score recorded and mixed by Abbey Road recording engineer Sam Okell in Studio 1 on the Neve 88RS.

‘InsideOut’ – Best Animated Feature Film – Michael Giacchino’s score was recorded on WBs’s Eastwood Scoring Stage on the Neve 88RS, whilst the final mix was completed at Skywalker Sound by Tom Johnson, Darpan Patel, Michael Semanick and Ren Klyce, on the DFC Gemini.– ensuring a clean sweep of all sound related categories and also Best Picture and Animated Feature Film.

Sam Smith also won Best Original Song for the Spectre theme ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ which had all of its strings and orchestration recorded on the 88RS in Abbey Road’s Studio 1.

The biggest winner on the night was ‘Mad Max; Fury Road’, taking home 5 Oscars – Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing – well deserved by the team from Warner Bros. Burbank, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo, mixing on WB Stage 10 on the AMS Neve DFC.

The full list of winners can be found here:

A huge congratulations to all the winners, and post-production teams involved!