'Hugo' Director, Martin Scorsese, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Harold Lloyd Award, it was announced by the International 3D Society in Hollywood. Winner of this year's Golden Globe Award for Directing 'Hugo,' Scorsese will receive the Society's highest filmmaker award at a black- tie ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel, February 1st.
"Marty Scorsese has embodied Harold Lloyd's vision and passion for captivating movie fans around the world for his entire career," said Suzanne Lloyd, Lloyd's granddaughter and Chairman of Harold Lloyd Entertainment, who will make the presentation. "With 'Hugo' he has shared his love of filmmaking and filmmakers, in 3D, which would also have thrilled Harold," she added.
"For all of us involved in the 3D creative process, Mr. Scorsese's contribution this year with 'Hugo' is an artistic achievement we all celebrate," said Jim Mainard, Chairman of the Society of DreamWorks Animation.
The Award was established by the 3D Society and the Lloyd Family to annually celebrate filmmakers for groundbreaking artistic and technical achievement in 3D.
"Mr. Lloyd was a life-long advocate for 3D movies, although technology never allowed him to realize his dream. But in joining last year's recipient, James Cameron, Mr. Scorsese has not only realized that dream, but he has produced a work of art," said Jim Chabin, President of the Society. "Added to his dedication to film restoration and preservation, we simply can't imagine a more worthy recipient of our highest honor."
'Hugo,' Scorsese's first 3D feature, was shot in London and Paris and is based on the novel 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret.' The critically acclaimed film was called, by the Los Angeles Times, Scorsese's "valentine to the movies." Nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Picture," 'Hugo' is also in the running for the Society's "Best Picture" Award.
The Society's Gold Lumiere(TM) statuette will be presented for distinguished achievement in fifteen categories, including film and television, at its annual Creative Arts Awards. The Society's Annual black-tie Awards Dinner will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel Crystal Ballroom. Lloyd's great, great granddaughter, actress Jackie Lloyd, will assist presenters on-stage at this year's honors.
Along with legends Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and others, Lloyd was one of the founders of Hollywood's original comedic and creative community. Lloyd wrote, acted in, directed and produced more than 200 films. In a 1923 interview, Lloyd predicted that "the person who produces perfect stereo motion-pictures will have accomplished the greatest achievement since the first motion-picture." He founded the Hollywood 3D Society in 1950 with Edgar Bergen and actor Sterling Holloway (the voice of Disney's Winnie the Pooh'). He served as its first President.
In addition to his films, the Harold Lloyd Archive contains more than 250,000 stereoscopic 3D photographs of Hollywood celebrities, events, people, and places Lloyd encountered while pursuing his passion for 3D photography.