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F/x group to honor Zemeckis

Kudos to be presented at VES Awards Feb. 16

Robert Zemeckis will receive a lifetime career achievement award from the Visual Effects Society in recognition of his contributions to the film industry that have advanced the craft of visual effects.

Kudos will be presented to Zemeckis at the third annual VES Awards Feb. 16 at the Hollywood Palladium.

“He is that rare combination — someone who’s got the intellectual curiosity of Einstein with the one-of-a-kind artistry of Picasso,” said exec director Eric Roth. “We looked for someone who possessed a unique creative vision along with a lasting impact on the visual effects industry.”

Zemeckis’ films have achieved worldwide grosses in excess of $2 billion. He won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and DGA Award for directing “Forrest Gump.”

The group cited Zemeckis’ use of technology to enhance the storytelling aspects of films such as “Death Becomes Her,” “Contact,” the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” “What Lies Beneath” and “The Polar Express.”

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