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‘Gravity,’ ‘Frozen’ Win Big at Intl. 3D Society Awards

If tech credits carry weight, then “Gravity” and “Frozen” have a leg up in the Oscar race for their respective categories.

The Warner Bros. space drama and Disney Animation musical both won multiple honors at The International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s 3D Creative Arts Awards gala, held Jan. 28 at Warner Bros. Studios.

Gravity” swept several categories, including best live action 3D feature, best stereography – live action, best 3D scene of the Year and best 2D-to-3D Conversion.

Two of the Society’s Lumiere statuettes went to “Frozen” for best animated 3D feature and best stereography – animation.

In all, the org bestowed 25 honors for distinguished achievement. “It is clear from these winners that 3D is maturing as an art form,” said awards chairman Buzz Hays. “From live action, to animated, to concert movies, to documentaries, we saw a vigorous worldwide production community at its best.”

Prime Focus World stereographer Richard Baker and SVP of production Matthew Bristowe were awarded the trophy for the 2D-to-3D conversion on “Gravity,” which they accepted along with PFW CEO Namit Malhotra. This is PFW’s first award in Hollywood.

“Metallica Through the Never” (Picturehouse Entertainment) won for best motion picture documentary. “Get a Horse” (Walt Disney Animation Studios) was honored as this year’s best short-subject movie. “Stalingrad” (Columbia Pictures) received the jury prize for outstanding 3D artistic achievement.”

Pixar Animation was honored with the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for education and distinguished achievement in 3D storytelling.

Directors, producers, and production executives from Hollywood and more than a dozen countries attended the sold-out event. Countries represented at the ceremony included China, Taiwan, Japan, the U.K., Canada and several E.U. nations.

As previously announced, DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg received the Society’s Harold Lloyd Filmmaker Award, which was presented by Suzanne Lloyd and society co-chairman Tom Cosgrove, CEO of 3net Studios.

Steve Schklair, founder and CEO of 3ality Technica, received the Century Award. 3eality camera systems have been used for such films as “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” “The Great Gatsby” and “U2 3D in Concert.”

In two new advanced imaging categories, the society presented Lumiere statuettes to “Space: Unraveling the Cosmos” (3net Studios) for 4K documentary and “Breaking Bad” (AMC) for 4K entertainment.

“Many of tonight’s honorees are now bound for the Academy Awards, which indicates just how far 3D as an art form has come,” said society prexy Jim Chabin. “Ultra-high-def and 4K programming is fast becoming a new standard as we move into the next decade. ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Space: Unraveling the Cosmos’ boldly embraced this new digital technology.”

In the live-event category, rock band Mayday won for its 3D concert movie “Mayday Nowhere” (B’in Music). Japanese film “Space Pirate Captain Harlock” (Qtech) was awarded best international animated feature. “Mr. Hublot” (Zeilt Productions) copped a Lumiere for best international animated short. The stop-motion movie “Present for You” (PLUS heads) won the best international live action feature.

The award for best live action Short went to Kafard Films for “Lapse of Time” and the best international entertainment – music Lumiere went to “Des Roar” (International 3D Media Partners).

In international TV categories, Sky UK won Lumiere statuettes for 3DTV series “Little Cracker,” 3DTV sports for “F1 Barcelona Racing,” and historical documentary for “Inside the Mind of Leonardo.”

Other winners included CCTV China for cultural documentary “Guo Mai,” Shanghai Media Group for nature documentary “The Mountain’s Spirit,” and BBC for 3D advertising for the London summer Olympics.

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