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ABC's "Pushing Daisies" and a Jaguar commercial called "XF Hush" led the pack Thursday as the Hollywood Post Alliance presented its third annual HPA Awards to the top behind-the-scenes talent working in motion pictures, television and commercials.

The event at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles also honored Elizabeth Daley, dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, with its Charles S. Swartz Award for outstanding contribution in the field of postproduction and Ron Burdett with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Daisies" earned trophies for TV color grading for the episode "The Fun in Funerals," with the prize going to Joe Hathaway of LaserPacific Media, and for TV editing for its "Pie-Lette" episode, edited by Stuart Bass.

Jaguar's "XF Hush" took home awards for commercial color grading for Alex Bickel of Outside Editorial and commercial editing for Neil Gust of Outside Editorial.

Engineering Excellence Awards went to Quantel, FastSoft and Panasonic. The HPA Judges Award for creativity and innovation in postproduction went to DigitalFilm Tree and CBS, aIM - Laser Pacific and Sony Pictures Imageworks. (partialdiff)
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