AMPAS taps pair for Bonner sci-tech nods

Di Guilio, Miyagishima honored for dedication to Acad

Edmund M. Di Giulio and Takuo Miyagishima will be feted with the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Scientific and Technical Awards.

Named in honor of the late helmer of special projects at Warner Hollywood Studios, the Bonner Medal is awarded to tech professionals for career service and dedication to the Academy.

Di Giulio is founder and prexy of Cinema Products Corporation, and the brains behind the engineering of the Steadicam. He has picked up three previous Sci-Tech nods, his most recent a 1998 award for designing the KeyKode Sync Reader.

And during his 44-year stint as a Panavision design engineer, Miyagishima has picked up two Oscars (1978, 1993), the Fuji Gold Medal (1991) and two Sci-Tech awards in 1998 — one for the design of the Primo series of 35mm cinematography lenses and the other for the development of the Eyepiece Leveler.

Di Giulio and Miyagishima will be honored March 4 at the Scientific and Technical Awards dinner being held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

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