The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced that Disney/ Pixar's "Monsters University," directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, will be the recipient of the Hollywood Animation Award, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures "Pacific Rim" visual effects supervisor John Knoll will receive the "Hollywood Visual Effects Award" at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.
According to a release, the announcement was made by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: "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 through the best visual effects of the year. Once again, the animation and storytelling of 'Monsters University' reflects Pixar creativity and greatness."
The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
"We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards," said de Abreu.
Last year's awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers' impressions.
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