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Cinema pioneer Douglas Trumbull to receive special Academy Award

January 11, 2012 |  1:15 pm


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that it will give this year's  Gordon E. Sawyer Award to Douglas Trumbull, the veteran visual effects artist and director who worked on such films as "2001: A Space Odyssey;" "The Andromeda Strain"; "Silent Running," which he also directed"; and the 2011 film "The Tree of Life."

Trumbull has earned three Oscar nominations for visual effects and in 1992 earned a Scientific and Engineering Award.

The Gordon E. Sawyer Award is given to an "individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry."

Trumbull will receive the award Feb. 11 at the scientific and technical presentation at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.


Fade out for visual effects

--Susan King


Photo: Douglas Trumbull was involved in the visual effects for 1968's "2001: A Space Odyssey." Credit: American Cinematheque

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