By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 7, 2009 at 1:23AM
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted the Gordon E.Sawyer Award to Ed Catmull, a computer scientist, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, for "his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry." The award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented to Catmull at the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentations on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at the Beverly Wilshire. "Ed is one of the rare individuals who can bridge the space between science and art," said Academy President Sid Ganis in a statement. "His vision, ingenuity and groundbreaking designs have made the impossible possible - for filmmakers and movie audiences around the world."