Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Oscar Gloom for Brit Team; STAR-STUDDED CEREMONY SEES SOME SURPRISES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Oscar Gloom for Brit Team; STAR-STUDDED CEREMONY SEES SOME SURPRISES

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NORTH East film-maker Paul Kavanagh has missed out on an Oscar Paul, originally from Low Fell, Gateshead, was up for the Visual Effects Oscar for his work on the Star Trek XI film directed by JJ Abrams.

But the father-of-two, who now lives in San Francisco, was pipped to the post in the category, when the team who worked on Avatar's special effects triumphed.

Two weeks ago the same team beat them in the same category at the Baftas.

Together with three colleagues at Industrial Light & Magic - Roger Guyett, Russell Earl and Burt Dalton - Paul had been up for the award, having acted as animation supervisor on the scifi adventure. They were pitched against teams of animators from Bafta-winning Avatar and District 9. Paul and his family stayed in the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills for four days prior to the event, which was hosted at the Kodak Theatre.

Bookies' favourites Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock won the best acting Oscars at the ceremony.

Bridges won for country music film Crazy Heart while Bullock was victorious for The Blind Side.

British actress Dame Helen Mirren had been nominated for The Last Station, while Carey Mulligan was in the running for coming-of-age film An Education.

Colin Firth had been nominated for the best actor Oscar for A Single Man. Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow made Oscars history by becoming the first woman to win the best director award.

The film-maker's Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker also won best film and a total of six awards, compared with three for former husband James Cameron's 3D epic Avatar.

Bigelow's best director gong was greeted with loud cheers from the starstudded audience in Los Angeles. Hard-hitting movie Precious also did well at the awards, winning the adapted screenplay prize, beating Armando Iannucci's In The Loop writing team as well as Nick Hornby for An Education. …

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