‘Dune’ and ‘Encanto’ take top honors at 12th Annual Lumiere Awards
The Advanced Imaging CompanyThe Lumiere Awards, presented by Epic Games, honored 21 statuettes for their distinguished creative and technical achievements at the 12th annual awards ceremony held last Friday at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The theme for this year’s show was “Larger than Life”. The awards are presented by members of Hollywood’s creative and technology community working in film, television and emerging media.
The Company honored Warner Bros.’ Dunes for Best Live-Action Feature, calling it the “definitive immersive theatrical experience of the year”. Director Denis Villenueve accepted the award. West Side Story was recognized for Best Motion Picture – Musical, as well as Best Scene or Musical Sequence for the Dance Challenge in the Gymnasium. Paloma Garcia-Lee, who portrayed “Graziella,” accepted both awards. Voters commented that “the camera became part of the choreography, and the visuals were dazzling…a tour de force of storytelling through images.”
Director Peter Jackson received a Lumière for Best Documentary for his series The Beatles: Come Back; by Netflix squid game received Best Episode – Live Action, accepted virtually by Hwang Dong-hyuk, while Esoteric won Best Episode – Animation, accepted by writers and executive producers Alex Yee and Christian Linke.
Two Lumières for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song were awarded to Encanto for its vibrant visuals, music, animation and story. The film’s stereoscopic supervisor, Darren Simpson, accepted for the feature while Vice President of Music Production Andrew Page and Music Editor Supervisor Earl Ghaffari were on hand to accept the original song.
The prize for the best theatrical scene or sequence was awarded to no time to die for the “Chase Through Matera” sequence. Oscar-nominated sound editor Oliver Tarney accepted the award.
A Governor’s Special Film Award was presented to Spider-Man: No Coming Home. The Company’s management felt that this film encapsulated all that is great about going to the movies, tying together a 9-film franchise, and in turn, delivering a joyful and emotional time for fans of the series. Evan Jacobs, stereoscopic film supervisor.
The prizes for the best sound for the cinema were awarded to alley of nightmares, which del Toro happily accepted, and Best Sound for Episodic Television Wanda Vision was accepted by sound editors Gwen Whittle and Danielle Dupre.
Dunes was also honored with the award for Best Use of HDR in a Live Action Feature. AppleTV+ Foundation was recognized for Best Use of HDR – Episodic TV and was received by VFX Supervisor Mike Enriquez.
Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor won awards for Best VR Entertainment Experience and Best Use of Augmented Reality for Expo Dubai Xplorer, accepted by Ben Grossmann and Daisy Leak of Magnopus. Emma Webb, Stereo Supervisor, and Madalynn Sadeghian, Stereo Producer, received the award for best 2D to 3D conversion for Shang Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings.
The company’s annual Sir Charles Wheatstone Award, which is given annually to an entire organization for achieving excellence in supporting artists and storytellers, was presented to Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, along with Jonathan Litt, Alejandro Epic’s Arango and Chris Kulla on hand to accept.
In addition, three special prizes were awarded, featuring highlights from the day. The first Gene Kelly Visionary Award was presented to Academy Award-winning director and producer Guillermo del Toro by Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly’s widow and biographer, who hailed del Toro as the “kind of creative genius Gene most admired”. .
EARTHDAY.ORG’s first-ever “Voices For The Earth Award” went to Academy Award-winning writer, director and producer Adam McKay, presented by Kathleen Rogers, President of EARTHDAY.ORG, noting the humorous approach of McKay to convey the seriousness of the threat we all face.
And finally, the prestigious Harold Lloyd Award was presented to Oscar-nominated director Villeneuve by Suzanne Lloyd, President of Harold Lloyd Entertainment. Villeneuve represents the true spirit of this award, using its creative teams and the latest technology to strengthen its storytelling in the service of entertaining millions of fans.
The full list of winners is as follows:
- Best Documentary: The Beatles: Come Back (Disney+)
- Best Audio – Episodic: Wanda Vision (Disney+)
- Best use of AR: Expo Dubai Xplorer
- Best use of virtual reality: Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor
- Best Original Song: Encanto/We don’t talk about Bruno (Disney Animation)
- Governor’s Film Awards: Spider-Man: No Coming Home (Sony/Marvel)
- Better use of High Dynamic Range – Live Action: Dunes (Warner Bros.)
- Best Use of High Dynamic Range – Episodic: Foundation (AppleTV+)
- Better 2D to 3D conversion: Shang Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney)
- Best scene or musical sequence: West Side Story, “The Gymnasium Dance” (20and Century Studios)
- Best Episode – Animated: Esoteric (Netflix)
- Best Film – Musical: West Side Story (20and Century Studios)
- Sir Charles Wheatstone Award: Epic Games Unreal Engine
- Best Episode – Live Action: squid game (Netflix)
- Best Animated Feature: Encanto (Disney)
- Voices For The Earth Award: Adam McKay, Don’t look up
- Gene Kelly Visionary Award: Guillermo del Toro
- Best Audio – Theatrical: alley of nightmares (Projector)
- Harold Lloyd Award: Denis Villeneuve
- Best Feature – Live Action: Dunes (Warner Bros.)
- Best scene or sequence in a feature film: no time to die (MGM/UA release)
Source: Advanced Imaging Society
Dan Sarto is the publisher and editor of Animation World Network.