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Filmmaker John Lasseter Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Could Win Best Picture for "Toy Story 3" Tonight

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By Jessie De La O/Special to LAist

Pixar and Disney animator, director and filmmaker John Lasseter received a lifetime achievement award at Shorts International’s first annual Short Awards in West Hollywood on Friday. The award was presented to Lasseter for his achievements in short filmmaking, which includes all projects under 40 minutes-or-less.

Lasseter, who in 1988 won the animated short film Oscar for “Tin Toy” and who won a special achievement award in 1995 for “Toy Story,” is nominated this year for best adapted screenplay for “Toy Story 3.” In addition, the film is nominated in four other categories, including animated feature, best picture, original song and sound editing. Although an animated feature film has never been awarded an Oscar before, Lasseter is hopeful.

“I do believe we will one day see an animated film win the best picture Oscar, and I hope it’s on Sunday. “ said Lasseter, according to the Press-Democrat. “I think that over time, more and more of Hollywood and the Academy has gotten to know animation. It’s exactly the same as live action filmmaking. We tell great stories. We use great actors. We just use a different camera.”

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I know some Sonoma County Wine Country residents who will undoubtedly be rooting for Lasseter—a resident of the area—to win at tonight’s Academy Awards!