For the eighth consecutive year all films nominated for an AcademyAward® for Distinguished Achievement in Visual Effects relied onSGI® computer graphics systems to create the year's mostunforgettable images. The amazing worlds and cyborgs of A.I.:Artificial Intelligence and the harrowing air and sea battles ofPearl Harbor were made possible by the creative artistry ofIndustrial Light + Magic (ILM), a division of Lucas Digital Ltd. TheAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) also recognizedWeta Digital, a New Zealand company that built a state-of-the-artproduction facility based on SGI systems in order to produce the filmtrilogy of The Lord of the Rings. The first film of the series,The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was not onlynominated for visual effects but also garnered 12 other Academy Awardnominations, including Best Picture.
In addition, two films nominated in the brand new AMPAS category ofBest Animated Feature Film were also created using SGI visualworkstations and servers: Disney/Pixar Animation Studios' Monsters,Inc., and PDI/DreamWorks' Shrek, both critically acclaimedfor advancing physical and emotional realism in computer animation.
"SGI heartily congratulates all our distinguished customers fortheir Academy Award nominations," said Greg Estes, vice president ofcorporate marketing, SGI. "As we celebrate our 20th year and deepheritage in the entertainment industry, we're excited that SGI systemscontinue to drive the most groundbreaking visual effects and animationcreation year after year. We are particularly gratified that so many ofthe effects and animations were created using a full complement of SGIIRIX and SGI Linux systems—a powerful combination that we believewill advance the art and science of visual effects and animation foryears to come."
The winners of the Visual Effects and Best Animated Feature Filmcategories will be announced on March 24 during the 74th Annual AcademyAwards broadcast.