Posts Tagged ‘Awards’

ILM Scores Big at VES Awards Team | February 11, 2008

For visual effects buffs looking to place bets on the Oscar race, ILM made an impressive showing on Sunday’s VES awards. The three nominated films for the Visual Effects Oscar are Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers and The Golden Compass, and ILM’s projects — Pirates and Transformers each scored Visual Effects Society acknowledgments, while Compass was left in the cold.

Transformers won four awards, including the top prize of best visual effects in an effects-driven film. Congrats to Scott Farrar, Shari Hanson,  Russell Earl and Scott Benza. The giant robot movie also won best single visual effect of the year (the desert highway sequence), best models and miniatures, and best compositing.  Pirates won for best created environment in a live action movie (the Maelstrom), and best animated character in a live action movie (for Davy Jones).

Congrats to everyone at Industrial Light & Magic for these accomplishments.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Set to Honor George Lucas

Pablo Hidalgo | January 10, 2008

This in from the wire:

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Set to Honor Clive Davis, George Lucas and Johnnetta B. Cole at 2008 Annual Awards Dinner

Event hosted by Bill Cosby at Waldorf=Astoria will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Jackie Robinson Foundation


ILM Lands Three Slots in VFX Oscar Finalists Team | January 4, 2008

As previously reported here, the winnowing processes for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award category has changed slightly this year, starting with a long long list that gets shortened to a “Bakeoff” of seven contenders from which the final three nominations are selected. ILM dominated the long long list, with fully a third of the productions selected having come out of the effects house. Yesterday, the Academy’s Visual Effects Steering Committee pared down that list to the seven “semi-finalists,” and ILM has a strong showing with three entries among this group: Evan Almighty, Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Congrats to ILM supervisors John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russel Earl, Bill George, Lindy De Quattro and their hard-working teams for this recognition.

Members from the Visual Effects branch will again convene in Los Angeles on January 16 to vote on the final three nominees which will be announced on January 22.

ILM: A Third of Prelim List for Best VFX Oscar Team | December 17, 2007

In response to the late release of some films, the Academy’s Visual Effects Steering Committee has adopted a new procedure, selecting a semi-finalist long, long list of 15 films to be considered prior to determining the seven which make up the “Bakeoff” long list (and from there, the nominees are chosen… still following?)

The new policy allows members to see more of the year’s visual effects stand-outs before determining which films will ultimately be in contention for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.

With five films represented, ILM’s 2007 releases make up a full third of the long list:

VISUAL FX SEMI-FINALIST LIST (In alphabetical order; ILM productions in bold)


The Bourne Ultimatum

Evan Almighty (ILM)

The Golden Compass

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (ILM)

I Am Legend

Live Free or Die Hard

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (ILM)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (ILM)


Spider-Man 3



Transformers (ILM)

The Water Horse

On January 3, the Steering Committee will meet again to make an informed decision determining the Bakeoff seven. After this, it is business as usual; On January 16, all members of the Visual Effects branch will meet at the Bakeoff screening in LA to vote on the final three nominees. From there it is off to the Oscars on February 24. Congratulations to all the tireless folks at ILM!

“Robot Chicken: Star Wars” Nominated Team | December 6, 2007

This week ASIFA-Hollywood announced nominations today for the 35th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animation across film, television, commercials, video games and short subjects. “Robot Chicken” and “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” were on the impressive list of talent.

“Robot Chicken: Star Wars” (ShadowMachine)

Seth Green (“Robot Chicken: Star Wars”) (ShadowMachine)

Eric Towner (“Robot Chicken”) (ShadowMachine)

Read the full list here:
Nominees for the 35th Annual Annie Awards

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, February 8, 2008 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA.

NY Magazine Ranks MAD About Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | November 20, 2007

Reading New York magazine’s weekly Approval Matrix is like reading a Who’s Who List of what’s hot and what’s completely lame both for cultural elitists and pop culture junkies.

Lucky for us, even though the editors weren’t too keen on the punishment for the man who stole items from the Indiana Jones movie set (which made the Highbrow/Despicable side of the Matrix), we were thrilled to see our favorite book MAD About Star Wars in the Brilliant/Lowbrow end of the Approval Matrix.

Check it out here:
The Approval Matrix for Nov. 19, 2007 (New York magazine)

Be sure to read our interviews on with the folks that make MAD About Star Wars so… MAD!