The Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) Recognizes Top Artists and Innovators in Visual Technology and Emerging Content at Its Annual Lumiere Awards

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Takes Three Awards; ‘Coco’ Nabs a Pair as Best Cutting-Edge Entertainment is Honored; Honorary Awards Go to Pixar Animation’s Darla K. Anderson and Sony Corporation at Feb. 12 Gala on Warner Bros. Studio Lot

LOS ANGELES--()--Warner Bros.’s visionary feature “Blade Runner 2049” won awards for Best Live Action 3D Motion Picture, Best Live Action Motion Picture Stereography and Best 2D to 3D Conversion (with Stereo D) at the 2018 LumiereTM Awards, presented by the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS). Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” took a pair of awards – Best 3D Animated Motion Picture and Best Animated Motion Picture Stereography – at the gala event held Feb. 12 in the Steven J. Ross Theater on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.

“Like my grandfather, who moved global audiences with heart and humor, Darla has also shown a steadfast commitment to powerful storytelling, as ‘Coco’ so clearly demonstrates.”

Held in the heart of Hollywood’s awards season, the Lumiere Awards are coveted by the creators – companies as well as individual artists – who are leading innovations in 3D, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and other technologies that are expanding possibilities in visual entertainment. Chosen by a select committee of industry professionals, the Lumiere Awards this year help kick of AIS’s 10-year anniversary.

“It was a brilliant night, celebrating amazing work that showcases the creativity and innovation that marks this community,” AIS President and CEO Jim Chabin said. “Each year, the work gets more spectacular and the creators and productions up for awards grows larger. We’re so proud of the work this group created, and we can’t wait to see what comes next.”

In other awards, the “Be Our Guest” segment from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” was recognized for Best 3D Sequence or Scene of the Year. The 3D conversion for that scene was created by Prime Focus.

In the HDR categories, Focus Features’ “Atomic Blonde” took the prize for Best Use of HDR in a Live Action Motion Picture, while Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Batman Movie” was awarded Best use of HDR in an Animated Motion Picture, and Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” was recognized for Best Use of HDR in a Television Program.

Netflix and Macinnes Scott were given the award for Best Augmented Reality Experience for the new streaming series “Altered Carbon.” And in recognition of the ever-expanding list of industries employing the technology, Ford was honored for Best VR Brand Experience for its “Born in Baja. ” Awards were also presented for Best VR Documentary, Best 3D Documentary Motion Picture, Best VR Game, Best Live Action VR and more. A full list of winners is below.

In the honorary awards categories, Darla K. Anderson, producer of Disney-Pixar’s “Coco,” “Toy Story 3” and other animated hits, received the Harold Lloyd Award, an accolade for excellence in filmmaking. Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd, said of Anderson, “Like my grandfather, who moved global audiences with heart and humor, Darla has also shown a steadfast commitment to powerful storytelling, as ‘Coco’ so clearly demonstrates.” Past recipients include James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Jean-Pierre Juenet, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Victoria Alonso.

Sony Corporation was chosen for the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award, awarded each year to an organization or individual that made vital contributions to cutting edge use of technology. It was given to Sony for its continuing company-wide commitment to innovations, from HD Cameras to HDR Monitors, 4K Theater Projectors to 4K Flat Screen TVs, and shipping more than 2 million PlayStation VR headsets. Sony is a two-time winner of the Wheatstone Award, which has previously gone to HTC VIVE, Pixar, Sky TV, The BBC and Sir David Attenborough. It is named for the 19th century inventor-scientist who is credited with creating the forerunner to 3D technology.

In addition to the Wheatstone Award, Sony Pictures Entertainment won the Best Branded VR Experience: Motion Picture Award for Spider-Man: Homecoming VR. This is the third year in a row that Sony Pictures Entertainment has received top honors for its VR film content.

Glenn Gainor, President of Physical Production for Screen Gems, part of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, accepted the award on behalf of Sony Corporation. “On every level of the company, Sony is committed to bringing the cutting edge of technology to consumers and audiences,” Gainor said. “We believe in excellence and continued innovation – both behind the scenes and in front of the camera – and inspiring the people who use our products every day.”

An additional honorary award, the Special Jury Prize, was presented to “The Last Goodbye,” the VR Holocaust Memorial, presented to the USC Shoah Foundation MPC and HTC VIVE.

Each winner received the AIS’s Gold Lumiere™ statuette, which are made by the R.S. Owens Company of Chicago. They depict Aurora, the Roman goddess of Dawn. The company also manufactures the Oscars© for the Academy Awards.

About The Advanced Imaging Society (AIS):

The Advanced Imaging Society is a non-profit trade association whose members include major Hollywood studios and top technology companies. The mission of AIS is to advance the arts and technologies of VR, AR, HDR, 3D, 360 Video, Cloud & Live Rendering, Artificial Intelligence and other innovative visual content for professionals active in entertainment, media and marketing industries. To learn more about the member companies, click here.

 

2018 ADVANCED IMAGING SOCIETY LUMIERETM AWARDS

 

BEST 3D SCENE OF THE YEAR

“Beauty and The Beast's "Be Our Guest”

Walt Disney Pictures

Conversion by Prime Focus

 
BEST MOTION PICTURE LIVE ACTION

“Blade Runner 2049”

Warner Bros.

 
BEST 3D MOTION PICTURE LIVE ACTION – BEST STEREOGRAPHY

“Blade Runner 2049”

Warner Bros.

 
BEST STEREOGRAPHY ANIMATED FEATURE

“Coco”

PIXAR

Darla K. Anderson

Lee Unkrich

 
BEST 2D TO 3D CONVERSION

“Blade Runner 2049”

Warner Bros.

Conversion by Stereo D

 
BEST STEREOGRAPHY ANIMATED FEATURE

“Coco”

PIXAR

Bob Whitehill

J-V. Jones

 
BEST USE OF HDR IN AN ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE

“The LEGO Batman Movie”

Warner Bros.

 
BEST USE OF HDR IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM

“Chef's Table”

Netflix

 
BEST USE OF HDR IN A LIVE ACTION MOTION PICTURE

“Atomic Blonde”

Universal Pictures & Focus Features

 
BEST VR LOCATION BASED ANIMATED SHORT

“Tree”

New Reality Company

 
BEST VR DOCUMENTARY

“Sensations of Sound”

The New York Times & Lytro

 
VR - DOCUMENTARY JURY PRIZE

“The Last Goodbye”

Moving Picture Company

 
BEST VR BRAND EXPERIENCE: MOTION PICTURE

“Spiderman: Homecoming VR Experience”

Sony Pictures Entertainment

 
BEST BRANDED EXPERIENCE: SPORTS

“F1 Experiences”

Grabit Interactive

 
BEST VR BRAND EXPERIENCE

“Born in Baja”

Ford

 

BEST VR GAME

“Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality”

Adult Swim & Owlchemy Labs

 
BEST SPORTS VR EXPERIENCE

“Take Every Wave: Laird in VR”

RYOT

 
BEST MUSIC VR EXPERIENCE

Alex Aiono feat. T Pain “One At A Time”

Interscope & Two Bit Circus

 
BEST LOCATION BASED VR: ANIMATED

“Raising A Rukus”

The Virtual Reality Company

 
BEST LIVE ACTION VR

“Rose Colored”

Invar Studios & Adam Cosco

 
BEST AUGMENTED REALITY EXPERIENCE

“Altered Carbon”

Netflix

 

BEST VR ANIMATED

“Asteroids!”

Baobab Studios

 
BEST VR SCIENCE EXPERIENCE

A Journey Through the Milky Way

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

 
BEST 3D DOCUMENTARY

“Amazon Adventure”

SK Films

 
BEST 3D SHORT ANIMATION

“Chrysalis”

ADM

 
 

HONORARY AWARDS:

 
HAROLD LLOYD AWARD

Darla K. Anderson

 
SIR CHARLES WHEATSTONE AWARD

Sony Corporation

 

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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Coco’ Win Top Awards as The Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) Hands Out 10th Annual Lumiere Awards for Best Visual innovations.

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