Academy Award Nominations Celebrate Marriage of Storytelling, Artistry and Technology

  Academy Award Nominations Celebrate Marriage of Storytelling, Artistry and

Digital Artists Worldwide Relied on Autodesk Media & Entertainment Software to
Create the Best Movies of the Year

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- February 21, 2013

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) media and entertainment technology has played a
pivotal role in the creation of some of the most iconic and breathtaking movie
imagery over the past two decades. From large post-production studios to small
boutique houses, talented artists across the globe — from North America and
Europe to Asia and Australia/New Zealand — combined digital artistry, Autodesk
software and great storytelling to make the most celebrated films of this past

“When I realized all five Academy Award nominated films for best visual
effects and all five nominees for best animation used Autodesk Maya, I felt
like the father of the bride,” said Chris Bradshaw, Autodesk senior vice
president. “Digital artists pushed technology in exciting new directions last
year — whether blending hand-drawing and computer graphics, combining
traditional stop-motion animation with visual effects or bringing beloved
books and superheroes to life, it’s their innovation that inspires Autodesk to
continually make our software better.”

In the Best Visual Effects category, all five film nominees — “The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey,” “Life of Pi," “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Prometheus,” and
“Snow White and the Huntsman” — used Autodesk software. This will be the 18^th
consecutive year Autodesk has had that distinction. The five nominated movies
contained a combined 7,754 visual effects shots and involved the work of 30
visual effects studios using Autodesk software (many of whom worked on
multiple films) in more than 10 countries.

This year, a record-setting 21 animated films were eligible for nomination in
the Best Animated Feature category. The five nominees all used Autodesk Maya
3D animation and visual effects software. The nominees include two 3D animated
features “Brave” and “Wreck-It Ralph” and three stop-motion movies:
“Frankenweenie,” “ParaNorman,” and “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.”

Autodesk software also played a role in the creation of a number of other
movies nominated this year including “Amour,” “Argo,” “Buzkashi Boys,”
“Flight,” “Les Misérables,” “Lincoln,” “Paperman,” “Silver Linings Playbook,”
“Skyfall,” “Ted” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Autodesk congratulates the following studios for using Autodesk software to
contribute movie magic into this year’s Academy Award-nominated films: Aardman
Animation, Argon, Atomic Fiction (video interview), Baseblack, BlueBolt, Buf
Campagnie, Christov Effects and Design, Cinesite, Digital Domain, DIVE, Double
Negative, Evil Eye Pictures, fluent/image, Framestore, Fuel VFX, Halon,
Hammerhead Productions, Hydraulx, Identity FX, Industrial Light & Magic,
Iloura, Image Engine, LAIKA, Legacy Effects, Lola VFX, LOOK Effects, Luma
Pictures, Method Studios, Mikros Image, The Mill, Modus FX, MPC, New Deal
Studios, Nvizage, Nvizible, Pixar, Pixomondo, Prologue, REDLAB Digital,
Reliance Mediaworks, Rhythm & Hues (video presentation), Rising Sun Pictures,
Rushes, Scanline VFX, Shade VFX, Technicolor, The Third Floor, Tim Burton
Productions, Tippett Studio, Trixter, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Weta
Digital, Whiskytree, yU+co and Zero VFX.

To watch trailers and breakdown reels from many of these nominees, please
visit the Autodesk YouTube channel Academy Award playlist.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment
software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building,
construction, and media and entertainment industries — including the last 17
Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects — use Autodesk software to
design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD
software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of
state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about
Autodesk, visit

Autodesk, AutoCAD and Maya are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or
other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names, or
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typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

© 2013 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

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