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Published: 28 February 2014

Surrey graduate goes to the Oscars

Former Tonmeister student Chris Benstead wins an Academy Award for his work on the 'Gravity' soundtrack.

Former University of Surrey student Chris Benstead has had a successful night in Hollywood at the 86th Academy Awards, winning an Oscar in the 'Best Achievement In Sound Mixing' category for his work as Music Editor on the Gravity soundtrack.

Chris, originally from Yorkshire but now a Surrey resident, is part of a sound-mixing and editing team honoured for their outstanding contribution to the striking space thriller, which starred Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Chris's name has also been credited alongside some of cinema's biggest names, including Cate Blanchett in Cinderella and Natalie Portman in Black Swan.

“The job everyone did was astonishing," said Chris. "It was probably the most ‘out there’ project I’ve worked on, as there was music flying around."

This is not the first high-profile award for Chris since he graduated from the Music & Sound Recording (Tonmeister) degree programme. Indeed, he's getting used to the red-carpet treatment after also attending the BAFTAs ceremony, where his Gravity team won the award for Best Sound.