VES to Honor Zemeckis

Academy Award-winning director/producer Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) will be honored with a lifetime achievement award when The Visual Effects Society (VES) holds its third annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Hollywood Palladium. Zemeckis’ latest work, the animated holiday pic, The Polar Express, is currently building up steam in theaters across North America.

Last year, VES presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars saga and founder of leading effects house Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Lucas, who is now chariman of the VES Awards Honorary Committee, was on hand for that ceremony and Zemeckis should also be present to accept this year’s award.

During the awards ceremony, VES will also remember late vfx and computer animation pioneer Bob Abel with the George Melies Award for Artistic Excellence. Abel, who passed away in 2001, is best known for his groundbreaking work on the 1982 Disney favorite, TRON. In addition, Cinefex Magazine publisher Don Shay will receive the VES Board of Director’s Award.