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Edlund receives Bonner honor

Visual effects guru won Oscars for 'Star Wars,' 'Raiders'

Visual effects artist Richard Edlund has been voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Edlund has won visual effects Oscars for his work on “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as Scientific and Engineering awards.

In 1983 Edlund founded Boss Film Studios and began work on “Ghostbusters.”  Through 1997, the studio produced visual effects for more than 30 motion pictures, including “2010,” “Die Hard,” “Ghost,” “Poltergeist II: The Other Side,” “Cliffhanger,” “Batman Returns,” “Alien 3,” “Species,” “Multiplicity” and “Air Force One.”

“Besides Richard’s groundbreaking visual effects work, which has given moviegoers some of the most memorable scenes on the big screen,” said Academy President Sid Ganis, “he’s been central to the Academy’s work in the scientific and technical areas for over a quarter century, including serving as one of the first Visual Effects Branch governors on the board.”

Named in honor of the late director of special projects at Warner Hollywood Studios, the John A. Bonner Medal is awarded for “outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”

The Bonner medallion will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 10, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.