Hollywood Film Awards to Honor 'Monsters University' and 'Pacific Rim' (Exclusive)
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Disney-Pixar's Monsters University will receive the Hollywood Animation Award and Warner Bros.' Pacific Rim will receive the Hollywood Visual Effects Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards -- the first awards show of the 2013 season -- on Oct. 21 at the Beverly Hilton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. (The Hollywood Film Awards is owned by affiliates of THR parent company Guggenheim Partners.)
The awards, which are presented annually "to an individual who has -- or individuals who have -- made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry," will be collected by Monsters University director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae and by Pacific Rim visual effects supervisor John Knoll, respectively.
Previous recipients of the animation prize include Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Rango (2011) and Rise of the Guardians (2012), and previous recipients of the visual effects honor include Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) and The Avengers (2012).
The Hollywood Film Awards are determined by founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and an advisory committee. Last month, the Hollywood Film Awards and Dick Clark Productions, which also produced the Golden Globe Awards, entered into a partnership that could lead to the ceremony being televised in future years. Over the past 10 years, Hollywood Film Awards honorees went on to garner a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars.
De Abreu tells THR, "The animation and storytelling of Monsters University reflects Pixar’s creativity and greatness, and John Knoll’s groundbreaking work on Pacific Rim sets a new standard in visual effects -- the robots and monsters in the film truly come to life."
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