Life of Pi nominated for 11 Oscars & 9 BAFTAs

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UPDATE (2/24/13): ANG LEE WON THE BEST DIRECTOR OSCAR!!!!

UPDATE (2/24/13): Mychael Danna of Life of Pi won the Oscar for Music/Original Score!

UPDATE (2/24/13): Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott of Life of Pi won the Oscar for Visual Effects!!

UPDATE (2/24/13): Claudio Miranda of Life of Pi won the Oscar for Cinematography!

UPDATE (2/10/13): Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliot of Life of Pi won the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects!

UPDATE (2/10/13):  Claudio Miranda of Life of Pi won the BAFTA for Cinematography!

UPDATE (1/13/13): Mychael Danna of Life of Pi won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score – Motion Picture!

Life of Pi 少年Pi的奇幻漂流 is a 2012 adventure drama film directed by Taiwanese Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee 李安. It is based on the novel of the same name by Canadian author Yann Martel. Life of Pi tells a story of a 16-year old boy named Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, who survives a shipwreck in which his family dies when moving from India to Canada, and is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Based on an adapted screenplay by David Magee and stars Suraj Sharma as Pi, the film has many scenes of Taiwan. The film crew began their principal photography in India for two weeks or so, and then moved to Taiwan for five and half months. Animals from the Taipei Zoo 臺北市立動物園 were used in the film, the ocean scenes of the film were shot at a giant wave tank built by the crew in an abandoned airport in Taichung 台中, and the island and beach scenes were shot in Kenting National Park 墾丁國家公園 in Pingtung 屏東, where Ang Lee was born.

Upon release, the film was met with critical appreciation. It was announced that the film had earned 11 Academy Awards nominations, including the following categories:

Best Picture – Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
Directing – Ang Lee – WON
Writing/Adapted Screenplay – David Magee
Cinematography – Claudio Miranda – WON
Production Design – David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Film Editing – Tim Squyres
Sound Editing – Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Sound Mixing – Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Visual Effects – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott – WON
Music/Original Score – Mychael Danna – WON
Music/Original Song – “Pi’s Lullaby”, Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri

The 85th Academy Awards ceremony is schedule to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 24, 2013.

Life of Pi also earned 9 British Academy Film Awards nominations, including the following categories:

Best Film – Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
Director – Ang Lee
Adapted Screenplay – David Magee
Original Music – Mychael Danna
Cinematography – Claudio Miranda – WON
Editing – Tim Squyres
Production Design – David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
Sound – Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill
Special Visual Effects – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliot – WON
EE Raising Star Award – Suraj Sharma

The 66th British Academy Film Awards will take place on February 10, 2013 at the Royal Opera House, London.

Life of Pi also earned 3 Golden Globe Awards nominations, in the following categories:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Director – Motion Picture – Ang Lee
Best Original Score – Motion Picture – Mychael Danna – WON

The 70th Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 13, 2013.

Life of Pi was also chosen as one of the AFI Movies of the Year.

Best of luck to director Lee and Life of Pi!

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