Hollywood, CA, September 16, 2010. The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that composer Hans Zimmer, will be given the “Hollywood Film Composer Award,” cinematographer Wally Pfister, A.S.C., will receive the “Hollywood Cinematographer Award,” Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” directed by Lee Unkrich and produced by Darla K. Anderson, will receive the “Hollywood Animation Award,” and Marvel Entertainment and Paramount Pictures’ “Iron Man 2” and visual effects supervisors Ben Snow and Janek Sirrs will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award.”
“We are honored to have these exceptionally talented artists honored for their outstanding work and creative vision at this year’s festival,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards.
The festival and awards will mark their return on October 20 for a week long series of screenings, competitions and awards. The Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2010.
ABOUT HANS ZIMMER
Composer Hans Zimmer received an Oscar for his score for “The Lion King,” as well as 7 other Oscar nominations. He has composed the music for over 100 films among them “Rain Man,” “Gladiator,” the “Pirates Of The Caribbean” series, “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” to name a few. Most recently he composed the scores for “Inception,” his 3rd collaboration with director Christopher Nolan starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and “Sherlock Holmes” directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, as well as scores for “It’s Complicated,” “Angels & Demons,” and “Frost/Nixon” among many other films.
ABOUT WALLY PFISTER, A.S.C.
Wally Pfister’s ascent as a director of photography began when he shot Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” in 1999. That work earned him a Spirit award nomination for cinematography. Since then, he has joined the ranks of the top Hollywood cinematographers, earning 3 Academy Award nominations for his work. The first came for 2005’s “Batman Begins,” for which he was honored, by his peers, with an American Society of Cinematographers Award nomination as well. The following year, he was Oscar-nominated for his cinematography work on “The Prestige,” and in 2009, for Christopher Nolan’s record-breaking blockbuster, “The Dark Knight.” His most recent work is the current summer blockbuster “Inception,” also directed by Nolan. Pfister also served as director of photography on the thriller, “Insomnia,” for Nolan, “The Italian Job,” directed by F. Gary Gray, and the independent features “Laurel Canyon,” “Scotland, PA,” and “The Hi-Line,” all of which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. He is currently at work on “Moneyball” for Sony Pictures starring Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
ABOUT “TOY STORY 3” AND LEE UNKRICH
Lee Unkrich is the director of Disney/Pixar’s animated feature “Toy Story 3,” which welcomes Woody, Buzz and the whole gang back as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in… day care! More than a few new faces – some plastic, some plush – join the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. The film features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Michael Keaton and Ned Beatty, among others.
Unkrich began his career at Pixar as a film editor on “Toy Story” and continued on to be supervising film editor on “A Bug’s Life.” He made his feature film directorial debut in 1999 as co-director on the Golden Globe®-winning “Toy Story 2” and went on to co-direct “Monsters, Inc.” and served as co-director and supervising film editor for the Academy Award®-winning feature “Finding Nemo.”
ABOUT “IRON MAN 2” AND VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISORS BEN SNOW AND JANEK SIRRS
“Iron Man 2” is Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios’ sequel to “Iron Man,” which is the big screen adaptation of Marvel’s legendary superhero Tony Stark/Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who vows to protect the world as Iron Man. The film, directed by Jon Favreau, also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, and Don Cheadle. Visual Effects Supervisor Janek Sirrs has had a hand in the visual effects for movies including “I Am Legend,” “Batman Begins,” “The Matrix,” and “The Big Lebowksi,” among many others, and has had the opportunity to work with directors as varied as Christopher Nolan, Jon Favreau, John Woo, Peter Weir, Taylor Hackford and Joel Coen. Janek won an Academy Award and a BAFTA in 1999 for his work on “The Matrix.”
Visual Effects Supervisor Ben Snow left Australia to join Industrial Light & Magic in 1994, where his first project was to help create the three-dimensional computer graphics image of the “Enterprise B” for “Star Trek: Generations.” He has been twice honored with Academy Award nominations for best achievement in visual effects for his work on “Pearl Harbor” and “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.” In addition, Snow is currently working as the Visual Effects Supervisor on Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribeean: On Stranger Tides.” He has also been instrumental in the research and development required for the groundbreaking images seen in “Iron Man,” “Terminator Salvation,” “King Kong,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Twister.”
“Iron Man 2” will release on Blu-ray and DVD September 28.
ABOUT STARZ ENTERTAINMENT
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.3 million and 31.9 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).
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