Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter won the Best Film Editing award at last night's Academy Awards for the second consecutive year, cementing their editorial work with director David Fincher as one of the most successful partnerships in the industry.
The pair, editors at the L.A.-based editorial house Rock Paper Scissors, picked up the statuette for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, directed by Fincher, whose film The Social Network garnered them the same award in 2011. Their work triumphed against editing for The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo and Moneyball.
Wall and Baxter, who have worked on commercials for brands including Fate for Nike (also with Fincher), were also nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. They were listed in Creativity's Top 50 industry players in 2011. Wall recently turned his hand to directing with the title sequence for HBO's Game of Thrones.
Other creative industry triumphs at the 84th Academy Awards included William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios, whose film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won Best Short Film (Animated), also stunning in its app from below (A genuinely overjoyed Mr. Joyce described himself as a 'Louisiana swamp rat' as he accepted the award.)
Tool director/DP Robert Richardson took home the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Martin Scorsese's Hugo. The win marks Richardson's third Oscar; he received Best Cinematography awards for Scorsese's The Aviator in 2004 and Oliver Stone's JFK in 1993. Richardson is currently wrapping production on Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film Django Unchained. Meanwhile, Anonymous Content's Gore Verbinski picked up Best Animated Feature for Rango, beating movies such as Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots.
Daniel Junge, who recently signed with Futuristic Films, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short for his film Saving Face. Junge's work with Futuristic has so far included a series of anti-smoking broadcast PSAs for the state of Wyoming and the branded film 'Why We Fly' for Frontier Airlines.
Moxie director Rob Legato took home the Oscar for Outstanding Achievements in Visual Effects along with colleagues Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning for their work on Hugo. Additionally, Moxie director Seth Gordon served as a producer on the winning film for Best Documentary Feature, Undefeated.