Today’s early morning announcement of the nominations for the 79th Academy Awards bore fruit for TEDsters, including Producer Lawrence Bender and "Talent" Al Gore, whose film, An Inconvenient Truth was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song (by Melissa Etheridge.) Jeff Skoll, whose Participant Productions financed the global warming movie, will speak at TED for the first time in March.
Meanwhile, over at Sony Pictures Digital’s Imageworks animation and visual effects studio, they also popped open the champagne: Monster House was nominated for best animated feature, and Superman Returns was recognized for Sony’s breakthrough character animation of the title character, and the amazing Space Shuttle action scene, among the myriad effects. Congratulations to TEDsters Yair Landau, Tim Sarnoff, Don Levy, Bill Villareal and George Joblove.
"Monster House" Gil Kenan (Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing)
"Superman Returns" Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover and Jon Thum (Warner Bros.)
"An Inconvenient Truth" Davis Guggenheim; A Lawrence Bender/Laurie David Production (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions)
"I Need to Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth," music and lyric by Melissa Etheridge (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions)