The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that visual effects supervisor and director of photography Peter W. Anderson will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award (an Oscar statuette) "for technological contributions that have brought credit to the industry" at the Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in, where else, Beverly Hills. Portions of the presentation will be included in the Oscar 2014 telecast to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Listed on the IMDb as Peter Anderson, the next Gordon E. Sawyer Award recipient has been in the film business for nearly four decades. His earliest IMDb film credit is for the visual effects in Berry Gordy and Jack Wormser's 1975 romantic drama Mahogany, starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Perkins.
Among Anderson's other movie credits in the visual effects department are Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), James Bridge's The China Syndrome (1979), Steven Lisberger's TRON (1982), Carroll Ballard's Never Cry Wolf (1983), Amy Heckerling's Look Who's Talking, James L. Brooks' As Good as It Gets (1997), Roland Emmerich's Godzilla (1998), and Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington's U2 3D (2007), in addition to the television series Battlestar Galactica (1978-79) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-80).
As a cinematographer, Peter Anderson has more than 20 (solo or shared) credits listed on the IMDb, mostly shorts and documentaries. These include Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington's U2 3D (2007) and Travis E. Pike's 1998 television movie Grumpuss. Anderson is also credited for the "project development" of Gareth Edward's upcoming Godzilla (2014), starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Victor Rasuk, Ken Watanabe, and Elizabeth Olsen.
'Collective' Academy Award of Merit
Also at the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation, another Oscar statuette – an Academy Award of Merit – will be dedicated to “all those who built and operated film laboratories, for over a century of service to the motion picture industry.” That's the first time in the history of the Scientific and Technical Awards that a large number of individuals will be collectively recognized with an Oscar statuette. It's unclear who – if anyone – will be in attendance to pick up the Oscar statuette.
Additionally, post-production and distribution executive Charles “Tad” Marburg will be handed the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation "for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy"
Academy honors scientific and technical achievements
And finally, no less than 19 scientific and technical achievements represented by 52 individual award recipients will also be honored with Academy certificates and plaques at the Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony. Among these are the following:
- Olivier Maury, Ian Sachs and Dan Piponi "for the creation of the ILM Plume system that simulates and renders fire, smoke and explosions for motion picture visual effects."
- Joshua Pines, David Reisner, Lou Levinson, Curtis Clark, ASC, and David Register "for the development of the American Society of Cinematographers Color Decision List technology."
- Andre Gauthier, Benoit Sevigny, Yves Boudreault and Robert Lanciault "for the design and implementation of the FiLMBOX software application."
- Emmanuel Prévinaire, Jan Sperling, Etienne Brandt and Tony Postiau "for their development of the Flying-Cam SARAH 3.0 system."
As explained in the Academy's press release, "unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2013. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures."
Potential Oscar 2014 nominees range from Robert Redford for J.C. Chandor's All Is Lost to Chiwetel Ejiofor for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, from Adèle Exarchopoulos in Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color to Emma Thompson in John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks, from Judi Dench in Stephen Frears' Philomena to James Gandolfini in Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said.
Also: Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill; Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips, with Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi; John Well's August: Osage County, with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; David O. Russell's American Hustle, with Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner; Alexander Payne's Nebraska, with Bruce Dern, Will Forte, and June Squibb; Spike Jonze's Her, with Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson's voice; and Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Oscar statuette image: © A.M.P.A.S.