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“Independence Day,” the year’s biggest B.O. hit, took the visual effects Oscar, beating out George Lucas’ In-dustrial Light & Magic, which was nominated for both “Twister” and “Dragonheart.”

Accepting the statuette for the 20th Century Fox alien invasion picture, which has captured more than $800 mil-lion in worldwide grosses, were visual effects supervisors Volker Engel and Douglas Smith, pyrotechnics supervi-sor Joseph Viskocil and Clay Pinney. Under director-writer Roland Emmerich and producer-writer Dean Devlin, the effects team orchestrated a collection of Los Angeles post-production companies including POP; Vision Art, a division of Santa Monica Studios; Digiscope; the Post Group; OCS Freeze Frame; and Kolbeco Prods.

Alan Koslowski, head of POP, which supplied “Day” with 220 digital composting shots, told Daily Variety, “We’re really thrilled to be part of the team.” POP has commenced some design work for Emmerich and Devlin’s next ef-fort, “Godzilla.”

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