We have some truly wonderful visual effects work to honor this year, and a great show to acknowledge all the people who made this work possible. Every year the work created by extraordinary visual effects artists worldwide gets better and better. And this year, the bar has been set even higher than ever.
In order to show you all this amazing work, an army of incredibly talented people, mostly volunteers, has been working since last year’s show to make tonight a reality. If you take a look around the room you are likely to see many people who you know as talented artists. What you may not know is that many of them have volunteered many hours – and sacrificed nights and weekends – to bring this show to you tonight. Without them, there would be no show. Therefore, in addition to honoring all the artists and their work, we also honor the spirit of the evening as we come together this time every year to acknowledge what truly is the “best of the best” of visual effects worldwide.
So, as we get ready to see what previously could only have been imagined, and to have the special honor of Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Phil Tippett joining us tonight, we should consider ourselves blessed to be in this room at this time.
Date: February 21, 2009
Location: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Beverly Hills, CA