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Gordon E. Sawyer Awards: Articles


Honorary Oscars Bypass Women: Angela Lansbury, Greta Garbo Among Rare Female Winners

Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Angelina Jolie at the 2013 Governors Awards. Sept. 4, '14, Introduction: This three-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Oscars and the dearth of female recipients was originally posted in Feb. 2007 and updated in Feb. 2012. The article has been fully revised before its republication today and will continue to be updated. Outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy's other Special Awards have been “scratched out,” with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also “Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum” at the bottom of this post. Honorary Oscars have usually bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, […]


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Honorary Oscars Bypass Women: Angela Lansbury, Greta Garbo Among Rare Female Winners



Oscar Statuette for 'Godzilla' Visual Effects Artist

Oscar statuette - Gordon E. Sawyer Award 2014 - for 'Godzilla,' 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' visual effects artist Peter Anderson 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 […]


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Oscar Statuette for 'Godzilla' Visual Effects Artist



James McAvoy Among BAFTA Scotland Winners + David A. Grafton Academy Honor

David A. Grafton. David A. Grafton: Academy's Gordon E. Sawyer Award Recipient The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected David A. Grafton as the next recipient of the Academy's Gordon E. Sawyer Award. According to the Academy's press release, Grafton is “a pioneering designer of lenses for optical effects printers, which at the time of their development were adopted by nearly every visual effects facility in the motion picture industry.” For more than three decades, the English-born David A. Grafton designed electro-optical systems for IBM, NCR, EG&G, and Xerox. In the 1970s, he also worked with special effects companies such as Industrial Light & Magic and Boss Film Studios, thus contributing to […]


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James McAvoy Among BAFTA Scotland Winners + David A. Grafton Academy Honor