Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) will be honored with the PGA’s inaugural Visionary Vanguard Award. Historically, the guild has presented its Visionary Award and Vanguard Award to separate recipients. But this year to celebrate ILM’s extensive contributions to the technology and entertainment industries, the guild has combined the two awards into a single and distinctive honor. General manager Lynwen Brennan and chief creative officer and senior visual-effects supervisor John Knoll will accept the award, sponsored by Delta Airlines, Jan. 23 at the PGA Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“We have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with so many amazing producers throughout our 40-year history and it’s truly an incredible honor for ILM to be recognized by the PGA,” says Knoll.
Founded as a division of George Lucas’ Lucasfilm in 1975, ILM has remained at the forefront of visual effects innovation since the completion of “Star Wars,” the film that inspired Lucas to launch a special-effects company. ILM’s iconic visual-effects achievements include “The Empire Strikes Back’s” go-motion imperial walkers, “Jurassic Park’s” CGI dinosaurs and “The Avengers’” digitally recreated New York City The vfx studio’s 2015 productions include “The Revenant,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Martian,” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
ILM has won 15 Academy Awards for visual effects and 28 Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievement.