The 85th Academy Awards ceremony, took place February 24, in the United States. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) presented its annual Academy Awards honoring the best films of the year 2012 in the United States. The event took place at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. For the first time Seth MacFarlane hosted the Academy Awards.
Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ emerged as the biggest winner of the night with four titles to its name – Best Direction, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. This film has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. It’s an honor that is indeed being felt all over the world.
Best Visual Effects -‘Life of Pi’
“Life of Pi” marks a creative collaboration among representatives from different countries, both on and off the camera. Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan, who play the lead character of Pi at different ages, are Indian actors. Gerard Depardieu, who has a cameo as a cranky cook, is French, and Rafe Spall, playing the The Writer, is British. Cinematographer Claudio Miranda is from Chile and composer Mychael Danna is Canadian. And screenwriter David Magee was born in Flint, Michigan.
Filming began in Pondicherry, India and other parts of the country before going to Taiwan, where the crew shot for five and a half months in Taipei Zoo and Kenting National Park, located in Pingtung Count. While in Taiwan, the ocean scenes were shot at a giant tank built in an abandoned airport. After photography was completed in Taiwan, the production moved back to India and was completed in Montreal, Canada.
The complex visual effects for the film also brought together quite the international team. The lead effects company for the production was Rhythm & Hues Studios, based in El Segundo, California, though the 3D effects were created by artists from all of the R&H divisions, including locations in Mumbai and Hyderabad (India), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Vancouver (Canada) and Kaohsiung (Taiwan).