Pixar has been dominating the animation field for years with its beloved Oscar-winning films, but it’s taken over 25 years for the computer industry to acknowledge the animation studio’s contributions on the technology side of things. Luckily, Pixar Animation’s Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan are being acknowledged with the most prestigious award in the computer industry: the Turing Prize.
Catmull and Hanrahan have been with Pixar since the studio’s early days and are considered two of the company’s earliest employees and tantamount to building the technology that would earn Pixar its reputation as the leading studio in CGI animation. Now, they’re being awarded for all they’ve achieved with the prestigious Turing Prize, awarded in the computer industry to individuals who have made contributions “of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field.”
According to Variety, Catmull and Hanrahan will split the $1 million cash prize that comes with the Association for Computing Machinery’s A.M. Turing Award, which is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing. The prize is named after British mathematician and computer scientist Alan M. Turing aka, that guy that Benedict Cumberbatch played once.
“Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan have fundamentally influenced the field of computer graphics through conceptual innovation and contributions to both software and hardware,” ACM said in the announcement of the award Wednesday. “Their work has had a revolutionary impact on filmmaking, leading to a new genre of entirely computer-animated feature films beginning 25 years ago with ‘Toy Story’ and continuing to the present day.”
ACM are awarding Catmull and Hanrahan for their developments in 3D computer imagery, which have been central to the video game industry, as well as virtual and augmented reality.
Hanrahan, who was a founding Pixar employee hired by Catmull, pioneered a new kind of graphics system with the help of Catmull and other Pixar employees. The system, later named RenderMan, allowed curved shapes to be rendered with realistic material properties and lighting. The RenderMan system would prove instrumental in Pixar’s inaugural feature film, 1995’s Toy Story, and its many succeeding blockbuster hits. The software has also been used in 44 of the last 47 films nominated for an Oscar in visual effects, including Avatar, Titanic, Beauty and the Beast, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Star Wars prequels, according to Variety.
ACM said it will present the Turing Award to Catmull and Hanrahan at its annual awards banquet on June 20 in San Francisco....
The Hollywood Reporter breaks down Brad Pitt's shout out to Robert Garcia, Lin-Manuel Miranda's reference to 'T-U-R-T-L-E Power' by Partner in Kryme and more references that may have left viewers at home with questions.
Taika Waititi may have left some viewers wondering about the history behind the Tongva, the Tataviam and the Chumash tribes when he mentioned the groups while presenting the Academy's honorary prizes during the 2020 Oscars on Sunday night.
Other viewers may be curious as to why Chrissy Metz concluded her performance of "I'm Standing With You" by emotionally stating, "I love you, mom."
From Brad Pitt's shout out to Robert Garcia to Lin-Manuel Miranda referencing "T-U-R-T-L-E Power" by Partner in Kryme and the mention of the Crown Act during the best animated short acceptance speech, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down inside references made during the 92nd Academy Awards that may have left viewers scratching their heads.
What are the tribes Waititi referenced while presenting the Academy's honorary prizes?
While introducing the winners of the Academy's honorary prizes, including Native American actor Wes Studi, Waititi recognized the native people who occupied the land where the Dolby Theatre currently sits. "The Academy would like to acknowledge that tonight we have gathered on the ancestral lands of the Tongva, the Tataviam and the Chumash. We acknowledge them as the first peoples of this land on which the motion pictures community lives and works," he said during the speech.
The Tongva tribe are a group of Native American people that settled in Southern California, historically inhabiting the Los Angeles Basin and the Southern Channel Islands.
The tribe is believed to have descended from Uto-Aztecan-speaking peoples who originated in what is now Nevada and moved southwest to coastal Southern California 3,500 years ago.
Known as a society of hunter-gatherers, the Tongva tribe often traded goods with neighboring groups.
The Tataviam are similarly based in Southern California. The group occupied an area in what is now northwest present-day Los Angeles County and southern Ventura County, primarily in the upper basin of the Santa Clara River, the Santa Susana Mountains and the Sierra Pelona Mountains. The Santa Clarita Valley is believed to be the center of Tataviam territory, which is north of Los Angeles.
The Spanish first encountered the Tataviam during the group's expeditions from 1769-1770. Similar to other indigenous groups, they suffered high rates of fatalities after contracting infectious diseases brought by the Spanish.
The Tataviam tribe are still active and work to maintain a tribal government.
The Chumash are a tribe of Native American people who historically...
The Television Academy is adjusting the eligibility and voting deadlines for this year’s Primetime Emmy calendar in response to concerns made by TV communication executives and awards strategists in the current coronavirus climate.
The dates for the Creative Emmy Awards and Primetime Emmy shows remain unchanged respectively on Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 20, and will only be moved should state and national safety directives deem them to be, should the coronavirus worsen.
This morning’s big changes involve the entry deadline moving close to four weeks from May 11 to June 5, and the Phase one voting period jumping from June 15-29 to July 2-13 with the new nominations announcement date being July 28 instead of July 14. The Phase one period thus shrinks from 15 days to 12 days.
Phase 2 voting, which was originally set for Aug 17-31, will start slightly later, and shave off four days, now occurring between Aug. 21-31.
Also being extended is the eligibility date for hanging episodes for regular series and limited series, as the TV Academy takes into account production and programming delays. Now, all hanging episodes must broadcast or post on an accessible platform by June 30, instead of May 31. Both regular and limited series must still premiere by the end of this year’s eligibility date which remains May 31. A minimum of six episodes continues to be required for a show to be qualified in the series category. A limited series in its entirety must air or post on a platform before June 30, and if it doesn’t, then the limited series will qualify in the 2020-2021 Emmy year.
Meanwhile, all TV Academy FYC events “whether with a live audience, streaming or recorded for posting on a viewing platform” per the org remain suspended for the current Emmy season.
In recent weeks, the TV Academy appeared to be standing firm on their original voting and eligibility dates. However, TV publicists and Emmy campaign strategists reportedly voiced their reservations about promoting too heavily and too soon, thus wanting to exercise a greater degree of sensitivity in a spring that’s been rocked by COVID-19: Many productions have shut down, leaving many out of work, and the whole atmosphere across the nation is rather dour as we all self quarantine. Emmy season has traditionally been decked with glam marketing, billboards, food trucks, stunt events, big DVD boxes and soirees. Earlier this year, to tame some of that, the TV Academy banned DVD mailers to voters, and in doing so, favored online screeners. The hope here with the TV Academy’s tweaking of the FYC calendar is that we’ll be on the other side of the curve in regards to coronavirus, and in a lighter-spirited environment. Between the entertainment capitals, New York City currently counts 23K COVID-19 cases and 365 deaths as of yesterday while Los Angeles counts 1,2K cases...
He also played the police chief in 'Beverly Hills Cop II' and mogul Louis B. Mayer in 'Gable and Lombard.'
Allen Garfield, the New Jersey character actor who specialized in playing nervous types while appearing in such films as The Conversation, The Candidate, The Stunt Man and Nashville, has died. He was 80.
His sister, Lois Goorwitz, confirmed his death in a brief conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier, actress Ronee Blakley posted the news of Garfield's death on Facebook, saying that he had died Tuesday and that the cause was COVID-19. Garfield and Blakley played husband and wife in Robert Altman's Nashville 1975.
Garfield suffered a stroke as he was set to appear in Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate 1999, then suffered another one in 2004 that led him to reside at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills. A spokeswoman for the MPTF facility did not know if Garfield was there at the time of his death.
Born Allen Goorwitz on Nov. 22, 1939, in Newark, he went by his real name in several films, including The Brink's Job 1978 and One From the Heart 1981, midway through his career.
Garfield boxed as an amateur, worked as a sportswriter and studied with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan at the Actors Studio in New York. He appeared often onstage before making his film debut in Orgy Girls '69, followed by other big-screen appearances in 1971 in Woody Allen's Bananas and The Organization, starring Sidney Poitier.
Often playing jumpy types, he worked for Francis Ford Coppola in The Conversation 1974 and The Cotton Club 1984 and for Wim Wenders in A State of Things 1982 and Until the End of the World 1991.
He also portrayed Louis B. Mayer in Gable and Lombard 1976 and police chief Harold Lutz in Beverly Hills Cop II 1987, and his résumé also included roles in Teachers 1984, Desert Bloom 1986, Dick Tracy 1990, Destiny Turns on the Radio 1995 and The Majestic 2001.
"The reason I didChief Zabu is that Allen Garfield is from the Actors Studio, I'm from the Actors Studio, and we worked together there on stuff," actress Marianna Hill said in a 2016 interview with Shaun Chang for the Hill Place blog. "Allen Garfield happens to be a great actor. He's a really underrated actor. Allen was the hardest-working actor, but nobody realizes that about him because he seems to be a natural."
Source: Hollywood Reporter