Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott have won Oscars for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for their film “Life of Pi” on Feb. 24 at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. The Academy Awards are presented by the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and honors the best in film. Tonight’s show was hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and was televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
This is the second Academy Award win and third nomination for Bill Westenhofer. His previous Oscar was won in 2008 for Best Achievement in Visual Effects “The Golden Compass.”
This is the first Academy Award win and nomination for Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott.
Also nominated for Best Visual Effects were:
- Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick for “Marvel’s The Avengers”
- Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill for “Prometheus”
- Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson for “Snow White and the Huntsman”
- Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
In “Life of Pi,” a young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
“Life of Pi” was nominated for a total of 11 Academy Awards for:
- Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Best Achievement in Directing
- Best Achievement in Cinematography
- Best Achievement in Editing
- Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
- Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
- Best Achievement in Production Design
- Best Achievement in Sound Editing
- Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
- Best Achievement in Visual Effects
- Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com