Avid Customers Bring Home the Oscars at the 89th Annual Academy Awards

Burlington, MA, 27/02/2017

A vast majority of nominees and winners at the 89th Annual Academy Awards relied on Avid creative tools and workflow solutions to craft the most celebrated films of the year

Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today congratulates its award-winning and nominated customers on their tremendous achievements at the 89th annual Academy Awards®, the world’s most anticipated and prestigious ceremony honoring film industry professionals. Many of the films recognized by the Academy were crafted using Avid’s advanced creative tools and production workflow solutions, powered by the Media Central® Platform, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media. This year, all nominees in the Best Picture category relied on Avid innovations including winner Moonlight

In the Best Film Editing category, all nominated editors—including winner John Gilbert, ACE for Hacksaw Ridge, Joe Walker, ACE for Arrival, Jake Roberts for Hell or High Water, Tom Cross, ACE for La La Land and Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon for Moonlight—cut their films using Avid Media Composer® the industry’s most trusted editing solution.

Tom Cross, ACE, who was nominated for Best Film Editing for La La Land and won the award in 2015 for Whiplash, said, “It was a dream come true to collaborate with director Damien Chazelle again, but to be honored with another Academy Award nomination for La La Land just means so much. Avid Media Composer gave me the creative tools to bring Damien's vision to life for this romantic, magical, awe-inspiring film I'm so proud to have been a part of.”

Best Sound Editing nominees Sylvain Bellemare for Arrival, Wylie Stateman for Deep Water Horizon, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright for Hacksaw Ridge and Tom Ozanich for Sully, and Best Sound Mixing nominees Kevin O’Connell for Hacksaw Ridge, and Stuart Wilson and Christopher Scarabosio for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story all used Avid Pro Tools®, the industry’s foremost digital audio software to bring the sounds of their nominated films to life.

Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell, who won the award for Best Sound Mixing for his work on Hacksaw Ridge, said, “Despite shrinking post-production schedules and budgets, the demand for an Oscar-worthy soundtrack has never been greater. My Avid Pro Tools | S3 control surface and Pro Tools help make that possible.”

All five nominated songs for Best Original Song were created using Pro Tools, including winner City of Stars (Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul), Audition (Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake, Max Martin Karl, Johan Schuster), The Empty Chair (J. Ralph and Sting) and How Far I’ll Go (Lin-Manuel Miranda).

Composers who were nominated for Best Original Score and relied on Avid’s preeminent music notation software, Sibelius®, include Mika Levi for Jackie, and Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka for Lion.

“We are thrilled and humbled that our distinguished client and user community, which consists of many of the most celebrated filmmakers across the globe, has embraced Avid’s comprehensive creative tools and production workflow solutions to create the most critically acclaimed films of the year,” said Avid Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Louis Hernandez, Jr. “We congratulate all of our customers on their outstanding achievements during this year’s awards season and look forward to our continued close partnership and collaboration.”

Note to editors:

Academy Award winners and nominees relied on Avid creative solutions to create:


  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight - WINNER
  • Lion


  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • Zootopia – WINNER


  • O.J.: Made in America – WINNER
  • 13th


  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge – WINNER
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight


  • Hacksaw Ridge – WINNER
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 


  • Arrival – WINNER
  • Deep Water Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Sully


  • “Audition” — La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” — Trolls
  • “City of Stars” — La La Land – WINNER
  • “The Empty Chair” — Jim: The James Foley Story 
  • “How Far I’ll Go” — Moana 


  • Jackie
  • Lion

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Donnelle Koselka