Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc and Carlos Cortés after winning the Oscar for Best Sound Design. Photo: Google


Audio mixers Michelle Couttolenc, Jaime Baksht and Carlos Cortés, all hailing from Mexico, took home the Oscar for Best Sound Design at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, for the trio’s work on the film “The Sound of Metal.”

The Mexican sound designers, in collaboration with Nicolas Becker and Phillip Bladh, beat out other nominated films like “Mank,” “Greyhound” and “Soul.”

With the prize, Couttolenc becomes the fourth woman in history, and the first Mexican woman, to take the Oscar for Best Sound Design.

“We have to drink a mezcal!” shouted Baksht after the award was announced.

No other Mexicans were nominated at the Sunday, April 26, event, though the short film “I’m No Longer Here” by Fernando Frías made the shortlist for Best International Feature Film, but it ultimately did not make the cut.

…April 27, 2021

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