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Pixar honcho John Lasseter earns lifetime achievement award


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Animation has a friend in John Lasseter, who Friday night was honored for his contributions to the cartoon genre with a lifetime achievement award from Shorts International, the entertainment organization dedicated to the truncated medium of short films.

“It feels fantastic because I love short films,” said Lasseter, according to the AP. “I love the art form and what it did for me as a filmmaker. I learned so much from making short films. They’re these little gems, these fantastic little ideas that are not meant to be a feature film. They’re perfect unto themselves. A great short film leaves you smiling and thinking about it.”

Lasseter speaks from experience. He burst on the scene with his Oscar-winning short film “Tin Toy,” which was one of the first steps in a career that went on to found and run Pixar Animation Studios.

This will be a very busy weekend for Lasseter. Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” directed by Lasseter pupil Lee Unkrich, is up for several Oscar statues at Sunday’s Academy Awards, from Bets Animated Feature to the coveted Best Picture. Lasseter, himself, is nominated with several other Pixar icons in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.

“I do believe we will one day see an animated film win the best picture Oscar, and I hope it’s on Sunday,” said Lasseter. “I think that over time, more and more of Hollywood and the Academy has gotten to know animation. It’s exactly the same as live action filmmaking. We tell great stories. We use great actors. We just use a different camera.”

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