ADG lifetime nod to Harryhausen

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The Art Directors Guild will honor Oscar-winning VFX artist and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen with its Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award at its annual awards event Feb. 16 in Beverly Hills.

Harryhausen pioneered fantasy VFX with his work in such films as "Clash of the Titans," "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" and the legendary stop-motion animated skeleton fight scene in "Jason and the Argonauts."

The Imagery honor is given to an individual whose body of work in the industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the moviegoing experience. Recipients include Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Frank Oz and Norman Jewison.

Harryhausen also was one of the first to work with split-screen techniques, allowing dinosaurs, beasts and other creatures to be inserted into real-world backgrounds.

Among Harryhausen's many awards is a lifetime achievement Oscar awarded in 1992.
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