Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Celebrating 'Pirates' Oscar Win

"It's been a while since we've been able to bring one of these golden guys back to the studio," Hickel said. "I couldn't be more proud of the work our team put into this film. It's the perfect example of technology and creativity coming together to further the art of cinematic storytelling, and at the end of the day that's what we all strive to do."

Industrial Light and Magic, part of Lucasfilm Ltd., moved its headquarters to the San Francisco Presidio in 2005. This is the first Oscar the company has won since the move.

The company has been nominated for 23 Academy Awards and has won for such films as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.

ILM employees gathered around for a chance to hold the tiny but heavy statue, officially called the Academy Award of Merit. Weighing nearly nine pounds, the award is made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base.