ILM touted for visual effects on <i>Transformers</i> and <i>Pirates</i>; Skywalker Sound nominated for sound editing on <i>Ratatouille</i>, <i>There Will be Blood</i>.
As you probably have heard by now, it's Oscar nominations day, and Hollywood is all a-buzz.
But up here in the Bay Area, there are some pretty happy people as well.
That's because the folks at Lucasfilm divisions Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound were honored with a total of six nominations Tuesday.
ILM was nominated for its visual effects work on both Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
ILM's John Knoll and Hal Hickel, who were nominated for their work on both of the two previous Pirates films, and who won the Oscar last year, were nominated again for the third Pirates movie.
And ILM visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar, animation supervisor Scott Benza, and associate visual effects supervisor Russell Earl were nominated for their visual effects work on Transformers.
Over at Skywalker Sound, Randy Thom was nominated for best sound editing and best sound mixing for his work on Pixar's Ratatouille, which was also nominated for best animated feature. In addition, Michael Semanick, a two-time Oscar winner, was nominated for sound mixing and previous Oscar winner Michael Silvers earned a sound editing nomination.
Finally, Skywalker Sound's Matthew Wood also got a best sound editing nomination, as did two-time Oscar winner Ethan Van der Ryn for his work on Transformers.