Canadians among early Academy Award winners

Global News

TORONTO – A group of Montrealers who made “bullet-time” possible in The Matrix, a digital sculptor who came up with a refined technique to create the giant ape in King Kong, and a visual-effects expert who devised an efficient way to merge images in The Day the Earth Stood Still are some of the Canadians receiving special Academy Awards this weekend.

Tibor Madjar, Colin Doncaster and Yves Boudreault are among 52 people being recognized for 19 scientific and technical achievements by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which also hands out the Oscars.

Boudreault said he was on his way to a vacation in the Turks and Caicos with his girlfriend when he got an email from the Academy announcing the win for him and fellow Montrealers Andre Gauthier, Benoit Sevigny and Robert Lanciault.

“I was so excited. We were going there with a couple of…

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