British Columbians Earn Gold at the Oscars: The Latest on BC’s List of Honorees

February 26, 2013
Posted by: Leslie Wootton

On behalf of the British Columbia production community, the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA) congratulates the BC industry professionals honoured by the Academy of Arts and Sciences at the 2013 Oscars in Hollywood on Sunday night.

Set decorator Jim Erickson of Salt Spring Island and his colleague Rick Carter won the Academy Award for best production design for Lincoln. Their work was honoured among a field of nominees that included teams from Anna Karenina, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables and Life of Pi.

Also honoured Sunday night was Vancouver-based Guillaume Rocheron, one of the team who won the Oscar for best visual effects for their work on Life of Pi.

BC’s latest Oscar achievements are high praise from the industry’s esteemed peer group; they are the most recent on a long list of awards bestowed upon British Columbia’s talented film and television professionals over the years. Previous Oscar wins and nominations have recognized contributions from British Columbia across a range of such feature films as Juno, Capote, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, I, Robot, Catch Me If You Can and Traffic to name a few.

BC industry professionals have also been recognized with numerous Emmy Awards for achievement in television in the US, and have earned both film and television accolades from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (Genie and Gemini Awards respectively), as well as BC’s own Leo Awards.

MPPIA invites the British Columbia production community to celebrate the industry’s accomplishments – post your industry honours, or those you know, at We Create BC, www.facebook.com/wecreatebc. These industry stories will be assembled for easy reference on social media sites and the soon to be launched We Create BC website, www.wecreatebc.com .

We Create BC was established to showcase the value of BC’s motion picture production industry and its contribution to BC’s creative industries. It is also to inspire understanding, pride and ownership of BC’s motion picture industry within the province’s vibrant creative economy.

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