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What This Oscar Winner’s ‘Wolf Howl’ Says About Career Success and Suicide

“We give this one to our Wolf.”

During last week’s Academy Awards, producer and leading actor Frances McDormand — who accepted the best picture Oscar for “Nomadland” — dedicated the award to “our wolf” and then let out a grand howl. Many watching probably did not know who the wolf McDormand howled to was, but the dedication was to the film’s sound mixer Michael Wolf Snyder, who died by suicide the month prior.

At the news of his death, McDormand said: “Wolf recorded our heart beats. Our every breath. For me, he is ‘Nomadland.’” Writer, director, producer and editor Chloé Zhao agreed: “I always looked at Wolf after each take … I didn’t wear headphones on set and so I heavily relied on Wolf to be my ears. He would nod at me with a happy grin,

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