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Jeffrey Wright to Accept AIS Distinguished Artist Award

Jeffrey Wright will receive the Advanced Imaging Society’s inaugural Distinguished Artist Award in recognition of his performance in American Fiction.

Also during the AIS’ upcoming Lumiere Awards, which will be presented Feb. 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, The Walt Disney Studios’ research and innovation teams DisneyResearch|Studios and StudioLAB will be honored with the Society’s Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for advancing cinematic storytelling. Jamie Voris, exec vp and chief technology officer of studio technology of The Walt Disney Studios, will accept the award on behalf of the teams, which comprise researchers, engineers, designers and creatives.

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Said AIS president Jim Chabin: “Mr. Wright consistently demonstrates a brilliant mastery of both the arts and the technologies of cinema storytelling in films such as The Batman, No Time to Die, Westworld and more. In American Fiction, he delivered a dynamic, masterful performance, collaborating with memorable storytelling, showcasing depth, humor, nuance and commitment. As a community responsible for much of the production process and technology on a set, we are deeply in awe of an artist like Mr. Wright, who can deliver a performance with such power and resonance that it elevates an entire production.”

The theme for this year’s Lumiere Awards is Celebrating Masters and Magic. Previously announced honorees include Alexander Payne, who will receive the Harold Lloyd Award for filmmaking; and Darren Aronofsky and Sphere Entertainment, who will receive Earthday.org’s Voices for the Earth Award for their film Postcard From Earth.

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