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Pixar Filmmaker John Lasseter To Receive "Contribution To Cinematic Imagery Award" From Art Directors Guild

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 - Pixar Animation Studios' two-time Academy Award®-winning director and animator John Lasseter has been selected to receive the Art Directors Guild's (ADG's) coveted honorary Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award. This decision by the Executive Board of ADG was jointly announced today by ADG President Thomas A. Walsh and Awards Chairmen James Bissell and Norman Newberry. In addition to overseeing all of Pixar's films and projects as executive vice president, Creative, Mr. Lasseter served as director of Toy Story, A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2 as well as executive producer of Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. He is currently in development on his fourth feature film. The Cinematic Imagery Award is voted from time to time to an individual whose body of work in the film business has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience. Past recipients of this honor are Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Robert S. Wise, Frank Oz, and Norman Jewison.

The award will be presented to Mr. Lasseter as one of the highlights of the Eighth Annual Art Directors Guild Awards on Saturday, February 14, during black-tie ceremonies from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Six ADG awards in production design categories for television and theatrical motion pictures will also be presented the same night (nominations will be announced on January 15). In addition, the ADG will present a second honorary award on Feb. 14 for Lifetime Achievement to Production Designer Roy Christopher.

Mr. Lasseter directed the first computer-animated feature film, Toy Story, for which he received a Special Achievement Oscar® and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Toy Story was the first animated film ever to receive an Oscar® nomination for screenplay.

Mr. Lasseter has written and directed a number of short films and television commercials while at Pixar: Luxo Jr. (1986 Academy Award® nominee), Red's Dream (1987), Tin Toy (1988 Academy Award® Winner) and Knickknack (1989), which was produced as a 3D stereoscopic film.

Tin Toy was the first computer animated film to win an Oscar®, when it won the 1988 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film. Mr. Lasseter also designed and animated the Stained Glass Knight character in the 1985 Steven Spielberg production, Young Sherlock Holmes. Mr. Lasseter joined Lucasfilm's Computer Division in 1984, and was a founding member of Pixar when it was formed in February, 1986. Prior to this, he spent five years as an animator at The Walt Disney Company, where he worked on such films as The Fox and the Hound and Mickey's Christmas Carol. He earned his B.F.A. in film from the California Institute of the Arts where he produced two animated films, each winners of the student Academy Award® for Animation; Lady and the Lamp in 1979 and Nightmare in 1980. His very first award came at the age of five when he won $15.00 from the Model Grocery Market in Whittier, California for a crayon drawing of the Headless Horseman.

Roy Christopher, who will be presented the Lifetime Achievement Award, is the winner of seven Primetime Emmy Awards and is a 32-time Emmy nominee, mostly for his memorable production designs for Annual Academy Award programs. He has been set as Production Designer for the upcoming 76th Annual Academy Awards.

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