Maya awarded Oscar

The popular 3D animation package Maya is to be presented with an award for scientific and technical achievement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences next month in Los Angeles.

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By  Marcus Webb Published  February 2, 2003

Alias|Wavefront has been awarded an Oscar for its development of the professional 3D animation and effects package Maya. Oscar recipients for scientific and technical achievements were announced earlier last week by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Maya has been used in a number of leading films such as Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Spider-Man, Ice Age, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.

“Maya has become the gold standard in 3D animation and today is used extensively in nearly every feature film requiring 3D computer-generated images,” says Kevin Tureski, general manager, Maya Engineering. “We’re very proud of this recognition, and of the great work created by our customers that have made this possible. We consider ourselves privileged to work closely with companies such as Disney, DreamWorks, ILM, Pixar, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Weta — they really challenge us with their beyond-state-of-the-art requirements. To have our innovation recognised with an Oscar is truly an incredible honour, and we are definitely looking forward to meeting continued challenges ahead.”

The Academy’s Board of Governors voted to award the Oscar, based upon recommendations from the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, chaired by Richard Edlund. The Awards will be presented at a gala black tie dinner on Saturday evening, 1 March, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

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