Vancouver, BC - March 13, 2009 - The 3rd Annual ELAN Awards opened the on-line voting today for their three Honorary Awards on IGN.com and your vote is needed to determine the winners.
The ELAN Awards were both honored and delighted when IGN.com, the Web's leading source for videogame news and information, became their Official Media Partner and offered to Host their on-line voting. The ELANS, hosted this year by Tom Kenny, the famous voice of "SpongeBob SquarePants©", on Saturday, April 25, 2009 will present one honorary award to each of the three digital industry sectors they honour.
The ELANS are asking that industry professionals go to the IGN.com link to cast their vote for the recipients of the "Video Game Hall of Fame", "Lifetime Achievement in Animation" and the "Visionary Award" (VFX). Voters will have ten nominees - all names gathered from the industry - in each of the three sectors to select from, and they are:
VIDEO GAME HALL of FAME
Nolan Bushnell - Founder of Atari Corporation
Satoru Iwata - President, Nintendo
Ken Kutaragi - Father of the Playstation
Ken Levine - 2K Boston, Bioshock
Shigeru Miyamoto - The creator of Mario Bros.
Mike Morhaime - Co-Founder of Blizzard
Gabe Newell - Valve
Roberta Williams - Sierra On-Line
Will Wright - The creator of The Sims&Spore
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION
Phillip Bradley Bird -Director of Ratatouille/The Incredibles
Hayao Miyazaki - Princess Mononoke
John Lasseter - Directed Toy Story,A Bug's Life,Toy Story 2
Michael Craig Judge - Creator and star of Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill
Nick Park - Producer/Director of Creature Comforts, The Curse of The WereRabbit
Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones (1912 - 2002) - Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
Dr. Osamu Tezuka (1928 - 1989) - Creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion
Frederick Avery (1908 - 1980) - Creator of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and more
Norman McLaren, C.C., C.Q. (1914 - 1987) - Neighbours
Isadore "Friz" Freleng (1906<1> - 1995) - Developed Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam and more
VISIONARY AWARD (VFX)
Harrison Ellenshaw - Matte visual effects for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back
Phil Tippett - Co-developed Go-Motion for Dragonslayer, creatures for Return of the Jedi
Ken Ralston - Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, Contact, The Polar Express, Beowulf
John Knoll - VFX Super Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Pirates Caribbean
Joe Letteri - Sr VFX Super The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, X-Men - The Last Stand
Paul Debevec - Pioneer in high dynamic range imaging image-based modeling&rendering
Jim Rygiel - VFX Super The Lord of the Rings trilog, Stay Tuned, I Robot, Iron Man
John Gaeta - Matrix trilogy, Speed Racer,advanced methods "Bullet Time" and more
Peter Robert Jackson - Heavenly Creatures, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
David Leo Fincher - Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Voting online for the Winners of these Honorary Awards is open to the media and the Industry ONLY. Voting closes two weeks today, Friday, March 27th at 12 noon PDT in order to give the Winners enough notice to attend the awards ceremony in Vancouver on April 25th.
The Winners are decided by YOU so please go right now to Select Honorary Award Winner and cast your vote.
Getting behind in support of the ELAN Awards are their Event Partners, Activision Publishing, Inc. and the Seven Group as well as the ELAN'S Founding Partners Radical Entertainment, Relic Entertainment, Offload Studios (Official Supplier of the ELAN Award Statuette), IGN (Official Media Partner) as well as the ELAN'S Associate Partners Blue Arc, Hitachi, sgi, SPINVFX, David Kaye Productions and the esteemed firm Buckley Dodds&Associates which will once again preside over the judicial process. And, of course, Moore's Formal Wear for Men who will be making certain that all of our men look fabulous in their tuxedos!
"As the Movie Industry goes to Hollywood for its Oscars, so will the world of Video Games, Animation and Visual Effects come to Vancouver for their ELANS."
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