Director to be honored by Santa Barbara Film Festival, Visual Effects Society
New York Women in Film and Television has announced the winners of this year’s Muse Awards.It’s already a busy awards season for helmer James Cameron, who will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s modern master award and the Visual Effects Society’s lifetime achievement nod. Cameron will be feted at the historic Arlington Theater during the Santa Barbara fest, which runs Feb. 4-14. The VES Awards will be presented Feb. 28 at the Century Plaza Hotel. David Rockwell has been selected as production designer for the 82nd Academy Awards, marking his second time with the production. Emmy-winning writer Stan Berkowitz (“Batman Beyond,” “The New Batman/Superman Adventures”) will receive the 12th annual Animation Writing Award from the WGA West’s Animation Writers Caucus. The guild noted that the kudo, to be presented Thursday night at WGA West headquarters, recognizes his prolific career and creative contributions as well as efforts to organize animation on behalf of the Writers Guild of America. Steven J. Scott of EFilm won for color grading in a DI process for “Julie and Julia.” Audio post honors went to the “Watchmen” team of Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montano, Scott Hecker and Eric Norris of Universal Studios Sound. Industrial Light & Magic’s compositing team of Nelson Sepulveda, Ben O’Brien, Matthew Brumit and Robert Hoffmeister won for “Transformers 2.” “Slumdog Millionaire,” released after last year’s deadline, picked up an award for editor Chris Dickens. Sony’s Lynne Willingham took TV editing honors for “Breaking Bad.” Taraji P. Henson will join two-time Spirit Award winner Matt Dillon to announce Film Independent’s Spirit Award nominees at 8 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Sofitel Hotel in L.A. The 25th anniversary Spirit Awards ceremony will be held on March 5 at L.A. Live and telecast live on the Independent Film Channel. “The Good Wife’s” Julianna Margulies, “Ugly Betty’s” America Ferrera, “The Colbert Report” writer-producer Allison Silverman and Lifetime Networks CEO Andrea Wong will be presented their awards at the Muse Awards gala Dec. 9 at the New York Hilton. Emcee Linda Kaplan Thaler will also present the Loreen Arbus Award to Chicken and Egg Pictures, a nonprofit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers.