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Ang Lee receives Visionary Award

LOS ANGELES--Oscar-winning Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee received the Visionary Award from the Visual Effects Society (VES) in California on Saturday for his shipwreck epic "Life of Pi."

The U.S.-based director "pushed the envelope of creation of visual effects for telling a story. In our generation, only 'Star Wars' did that," said Jeffrey A. Okun, chair of the VES awards committee.

"All the other films in between were like, 'Here's a new toy, what can we do with it?' I don't think you've seen a blend of story and craft as rich as this," he was quoted as saying in Variety magazine.

"Ang Lee has used the art of visual effects to masterful effect in telling stories like 'Life of Pi' that could not have otherwise been so powerfully brought to life," Okun said, according to a separate story on Fxguide, a website dedicated to visual effects and post-production information.

"With a body of work that encompasses films as distinguished and artful as 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' 'Sense and Sensibility,' and 'Brokeback Mountain,' Lee's imagery has brought stunning and compelling images to the world of cinema — making us proud to award him our annual Visionary Award," Okun said.

The award honors an individual for uniquely and consistently using the art and science of visual effects to spark imagination and inspire future discoveries through artistry and groundbreaking invention.

Lee accepted the award at the 11th VES ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

His film, a magical realism adaption of the Canadian novelist Yann Martel's 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, explores faith through tales of a shipwrecked boy adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

The VES award was the latest addition to the many critical acclaims "Life of Pi" has already received.

The movie was named in late December as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute and has been nominated for many awards, including the Golden Globes best motion picture, best director and best score.

The film has also been a box office success since its release in late November. As of Jan. 4, its worldwide earnings had reached US$308 million, including US$90 million in North America and US$20 million in the United Kingdom, according to Box Office Mojo.

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