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Visual-effects pioneer Trumbull to receive Oscar

Visual-effects pioneer Trumbull to receive Oscar

January 12th, 2012 in News

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hollywood filmmaker and visual-effects master Douglas Trumbull is receiving an honorary Academy Award.

The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that it will present its Gordon E. Sawyer Award to Trumbull, whose pioneering visual-effects credits include "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "Blade Runner."

Trumbull worked on last year's Brad Pitt-Terrence Malick drama "The Tree of Life," which featured grand images of the cosmos and the age of dinosaurs.

The honorary Oscar will be presented to Trumbull at the academy's scientific and technical awards ceremony Feb. 11.

Trumbull is the 23rd recipient of the Sawyer Award, which honors technical contributions to Hollywood.