Colette, the short documentary produced by virtual-reality systems manufacturer Oculus Studios and game developer Respawn Entertainment has won an Oscar. This is the first time something from the video games industry has won an Oscar.
Colette is directed by Anthony Giacchino and executive produced by Peter Hirschmann and produced by Alice Doyard, Annie Small, and Aaron Matthews and it was released by The Guardian. The film tells the story of 90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine who is one of the last surviving members of the French Resistance. She refuses to enter Germany but changes her mind when a history student named Lucie enters her life. Colette is forced to confront her past as both of them visit a Nazi concentration camp in Germany where Colette's brother, Jean-Pierre, was killed.
Colette is featured in Respawn's VR shooter game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Oculus made this short documentary available for free on Oculus TV on the Oculus Quest Platform. Mike Doran, Oculus Studios director of production said in a blog post that "The real hero here is Colette herself, who has shared her story with integrity and strength. As we see in the film, resistance takes courage, but facing one’s past may take even more. Allowing us to preserve this pilgrimage for future generations was a true act of bravery and trust."
The film's executive producer Peter Hirschmann is also the director of Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Colette also won the Best Short Documentary award at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in February 2020.