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Mexicans win Oscar for “Sound of Metal”

A musical composition for the film was recorded near Tepoztlán in the Mexican state of Morelos. “Sound of Metal” which won the 2021 Oscar Award for Best Sound.

Mexican sound engineers Jaime Baksht, Carlos Cortés and Michelle Couttolenc were part of the team that composed a sound mix to portray the hearing loss of a drummer from heavy metal.

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From left to right, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michellee Couttolenc and Jaime Baksht pose in the press room after winning the Oscar for best sound for their work for “Sound of Metal”, on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Union Station, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello, Pool)

The American director of “Sound of Metal”, Darius Marder, traveled to Mexico to work together with the team in the sound of the feature film.

The Mexican trio shared their Oscar award with French sound designer Nicolas Becker and American sound mixer Phillip Bladh. Becker was commissioned to deliver the award reception speech at the April 25 accolade.

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In this image released by Amazon Studios, Riz Ahmed in a scene from “Sound of Metal.” Three Mexican engineers won the Oscar for best sound on Sunday for their work on this film. (Amazon Studios via AP)

Couttolenc became the first Mexican woman to be nominated in the sound department and winner of the award.

“Sound of Metal” addresses the hearing degeneration of his character, Ruben, and the Mexican engineers wanted to make the same audience feel what the protagonist, played by Riz Ahmed, went through during his drama.

Multiple Mexicans have won Academy Awards. The first was Emile Kuri in 1949 for his work as an art director for the film “The Heiress” (“The heiress”).


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