The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society announced that French director and Academy Award nominee Jean-Pierre Jeunet will receive The Society's 2015 Harold Lloyd Award for filmmaking at The Society's annual Creative Arts Award Show held on January 28th at Warner Bros. Studios.
Jeunet's latest work 'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet,' starring Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, and Kyle Catlett, was produced in 3D and shot at various locations in Canada and Washington D.C. The film has been released in Europe and the Weinstein Company has acquired North American theatrical release rights.
"Jean-Pierre Jeunet has thrilled us with movies including 'Amélie,' 'The City of Lost Children,' 'Delicatessen,' 'A Very Long Engagement,' and countless others," said Society Awards Chairman Buzz Hays of the True Image Company. "With 'T.S. Spivet,' he has graced us with an extraordinary work of 3D artistry," Hays added.
The Harold Lloyd Award is annually presented to a filmmaker whose body of work and specific achievements in 3D filmmaking have advanced the motion picture art form.
"Harold Lloyd was a keen observer and was deeply influenced by the French filmmakers of his era," stated Suzanne Lloyd, Chairman of Harold Lloyd Entertainment. "As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Harold first stepping in front of the camera, I know he would be thrilled that this award, bearing his name, be presented to an artist of Mr. Jeunet's passion and achievement," added Lloyd.
Previous honorees of the Harold Lloyd Award have included James Cameron ('Avatar'), Martin Scorsese ('Hugo'), Ang Lee ('Life of Pi'), and last year Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks Animation).
"This is the first time the Lloyd Award is being presented to a director who works primarily outside of the United States," commented Society President Jim Chabin. "We are a global organization of creative professionals, from Paris to Beijing, and this is a wonderful opportunity to be able to acknowledge the artists whose work is done outside of Hollywood," he added.
The Society's Creative Arts Awards annually honor "extraordinary achievement" in the 3D and advanced imaging arts including movies, television, and other entertainment media.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's work has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival honors, and César Awards in France. Born in Roanne, Loire, France, he bought his first camera at the age of 17 and made short films while studying animation at Cinémation Studios. He lives in Paris and serves as director, screenwriter, and producer of many of his works.
Harold Lloyd starred in, directed, and produced more than 200 movies throughout his life. Along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Lloyd founded Hollywood's comedic genre. In 1923 Harold Lloyd sat for an interview with the Los Angeles Times. The conversation was reported in the Times' October 21st edition, before the advent of sound and "talkies." Harold spoke at length about his fascination with 3D, "If the characters could only be made to stand out as they do in stereopticon (3D) pictures, and still retain the action of motion pictures today, I think the ultimate would be reached by cinema." A passionate advocate for 3D, Harold formed Hollywood's first 3D Society in 1950 with actor friends Edgar Bergen and Sterling Holloway (voice of Disney's 'Winnie the Pooh'). Harold served as its first President.