Design engineer focus of Oscar kudo

Miyagishima to get kudos

HOLLYWOOD — Design engineer Takuo Miyagishima will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ scientific and technical awards dinner Feb. 12 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The Academy board of governors selected Miyagishima, who will be given an Oscar statuette.

Established in 1981, the Sawyer Award is “presented to an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.”

Miyagishima, who began his career with Panavision in 1955, has worked to design and develop technologies for the field of cinematography. During his time with Panavision, the company received two Academy Awards: one for the Panaflex motion picture camera system in 1978 and the other in 1993 for the Auto Panatar anamorphic photographic lens.

Miyagishima has been honored with the Fuji Gold Medal for his design of the autofocusing anamorphic lens, in addition to receiving a technical achievement award and a scientific and engineering award from the Academy in 1993 (with Albert Saiki) for the design and development of the Eyepiece Leveler and the mechanical design of the Primo Lens Series, respectively. His Lens Series also won him an Emmy in 2001.

In a separate announcement, the Academy said 267 films are eligible for best picture this year.

The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and broadcast live on ABC.