Among the many honoured with Oscars at the 85th Academy Awards Sunday night were three Canadians: composer Mychael Danna, production designer Jim Erickson, and technical aid Guillaume Rocheron, who all took home the coveted golden statuette for their contribution to Hollywood film.
Perhaps best known is Danna, nominated for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the film “Life of Pi” (based on a novel by Canadian Yann Martel). Danna won the award for the music score. The composer also received awards for his music contributions to “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Moneyball,” and others, as well as dozens of nominations.
Erickson won his Oscar for his work on “Lincoln.” Erickson has been working in the set design field since the ‘80s and has credits for “Independence Day,” “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” “There Will be Blood,” and “Water for Elephants,” among many others.
Visual effects specialist Rocheron might not be widely known, but he was the main special effects man for “Life of Pi.” Rocheron has worked on the special effects for “Batman Begins,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “X-Men 3:The Last Stand,” to name a few.
Both Rocheron and Erickson are from British Columbia, and Danna is from Winnipeg.
Heritage Minister James Moore issued a statement Monday congratulating the Canadian winners and nominees.
He also congratulated Doug James, a Canadian software developer who won a Technical Achievement Award for developing the Wavelet Turbulence software, along with his colleagues Nils Thuerey, Theodore Kim, and Markus Gross.
“Our Government is pleased to celebrate Canadians whose outstanding work helps shape our collective identity and contributes significantly to our national economy,” Moore said.
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