'Pacific Rim,' 'Argo,' 'Life of Pi' Win HPA Awards

"Games of Thrones" was the big winner in TV at the 8th Hollywood Post Alliance Awards.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Argo won a pair of trophies, while Pacific Rim and Life of Pi collected one apiece, in the feature categories at the 8th annual Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Awards.

Also Thursday night at the Skirball Cultural Center, Game of Thrones was the big winner in television, collecting awards for outstanding sound and visual effects.

As the eligibility period is from September 2012 to September 2013, the honorees were a combination of some of last year’s Oscar winners and next season’s hopefuls (sans this Fall’s releases).

PHOTOS: 25 of Fall's Most Anticipated Movies

A team from Industrial Light and Magic was honored for outstanding feature visual effects for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

Meanwhile colorist David Cole won the HPA Award for outstanding feature color grading on Life of Pi.

The work on Argo topped the categories of outstanding sound and outstanding editing, with the latter going to Oscar winner William Goldenberg.

During the ceremony, Goldenberg also presented HPA’s Charles S. Swartz Award for outstanding contributions in the field of postproduction to Avid.

The company led the revolution in “nonlinear” editing 25 years ago and since then has expanded into areas including audio postproduction and broadcasting. CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. accepted the award on behalf of the company.

HPA recognized Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production with the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. The company will be recognized for the development of its feature workflow enabling high frame rate (48 frames per second) stereoscopic 3D, which was used for the first time to make Jackson’s The Hobbit.

PHOTOS: 10 Classic Sci-Fi Movies With Better Effects Than Modern Films

During the ceremony, four technologies received awards for engineering excellence. They are DTS’s MDA (multidimensional audio); NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance; Flix from Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Foundry; and Telestream’s 16 bit 4:4:4:4 transcoding technology.

Winners of 2013 HPA Awards are highlighted below in bold:

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“Star Trek Into Darkness”                                   

Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3



Mike Sowa // Technicolor


“Anna Karenina”

Adam Glasman // Company 3


“Life of Pi”

David Cole // Technicolor 


“Pacific Rim”

Maxine Gervais // Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging


“Iron Man 3”

Steven J. Scott // Technicolor


“Man of Steel”

Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3


Outstanding Color Grading – Television


“Castle – Hunt”

Anthony Smith // Encore Hollywood


"Behind the Candelabra”

John Daro // FotoKem


“Hell on Wheels – Slaughterhouse”

Steven Porter // MTI FILM


“Game of Thrones – Kissed by Fire”

Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm


“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Ghosts of the Past”

Paul Westerbeck // Encore Hollywood


Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial  

Call of Duty “Masks”

Dave Hussey // Company 3 


Louis Vuitton “L'Invitation Au Voyage”                                                

Tim Masick // Company 3


Procter & Gamble: Thank You, Mom “Best Job”

Adam Scott // The Mill


Under Armour “Brought to You by Under Armour”

Tom Poole // Company 3


Mercedes-Benz "Soul"                                                           

Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3


Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Zero Dark Thirty”

William Goldenberg, A.C.E. and Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E.



Jeremiah O’Driscoll


“Les Miserables”

Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens, A.C.E.


“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. and MaryJo Markey, A.C.E.



William Goldenberg, A.C.E.


Outstanding Editing – Television

"Breaking Bad – Gliding Over All"
Kelley Dixon, A.C.E.


“Dexter – Are You…?”

Louis Cioffi, A.C.E.


“Downton Abbey – Series 3, Episode 5”

John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television


“Breaking Bad – Dead Freight”

Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.


"American Horror Story: Asylum – Welcome to Briarcliff”

Joe Leonard and Bradley Buecker, A.C.E.



Outstanding Editing – Commercial

Verizon Wireless “Big Vision”

Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial                       


Nextel/Ferrari “Combustion”

Doobie White // Therapy Studios


Verizon Wireless “Brothers”

Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial


Obama for America “Lena’s First Time”

Cristina Rackoff // Big Sky Editorial


Ragu “Hamster”

Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial


Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“Gangster Squad”

Cameron Frankley and Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. Sound

Jason W. Jennings and Jon Taylor, CAS



Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn

John Reitz and Gregg Rudloff // Warner Bros. Sound


“Pacific Rim”

Scott Gershin // Formosa Group

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Timothy O. LeBlanc // Warner Bros. Sound


“Iron Man 3”

Mark Stoeckinger, Michael Keller, Mike Prestwood Smith and Andrew DeCrisofaro // Todd/Soundelux



Richard King and Michael Babcock // Warner Bros. Sound

Andy Nelson // Fox Studios Post Production Services


Outstanding Sound – Television

“Banshee – Pilot”

Brad North, Elmo Ponsdomenech, William Freesh, Luis Galdames and Tiffany Griffith // Universal Sound


“Dexter – A Beautiful Day”

Pete Elia, CAS; Kevin Roache, CAS; Fredric Judkins, MPSE; Christian Buenaventura and John Snider // Technicolor Creative Services


“The Americans – Mutually Assured Destruction”

Ken Hahn, James Redding and Neil Cedar // Digital Cinema, LLC


“Homeland – Beirut Is Back"

Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound    

Craig Dellinger, Larry Long and Jonathan Golodner // Sony Pictures Studios


“Game of Thrones – The Climb”

Paula Fairfield, Brad Katona, Jed Dodge, Onnalee Blank and Mathew Waters // Todd AO


Outstanding Sound – Commercial 

Honda “Hands”

Anthony Moore // Factory


Lurpak “Weave Your Magic"

Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios


Barclaycard “Toys”

Sam Robson // Factory    


Nextel/Ferrari “Combustion”

Doobie White // Therapy Studios


Lurpak “Good, Proper Food”

Dan Beckwith // Factory


Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Man of Steel”

Keith Miller, Daniel Barrett, Phillip Leonhardt, Thelvin Cabezas and Mark Tait // Weta Digital


“Star Trek Into Darkness”    

Dan Pearson, Jay Cooper, Alex Prichard and Adrien Saint Girons // Industrial Light & Magic

Adam Watkins // Pixomondo


“Iron Man 3”

Guy Williams, Aaron Gilman, Matt Aitken, Dan Macarin and Thrain Shadbolt // Weta Digital


“Pacific Rim”

Lindy DeQuattro, Eddie Pasquarello, Nigel Sumner, Derrick Carlin and Chris Lentz // Industrial Light & Magic


“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White and Eric Reynolds // Weta Digital



Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“Banshee – Pilot”

Armen Kevorkian, Mike Oakley, Jeremy Jozwik, Andranik Taranyan and Gevork Babityan // Encore VFX


“Under the Dome – Pilot”

Stephan Fleet, Matthieu Perin, Jeremy Jozwik, Chad Schott and Arutyun Arthur Sayan // Encore Hollywood


“Game of Thrones – Valar Dohaeris”

Joe Bauer and Jabbar Raisani

Jorn Grosshans and Sven Martin // Pixomondo

Doug Campbell // Spin VFX


“Magic City – Angels of Death”

Mark Velazquez, Seth Brower, Doug Ludwig, Jeremy Jozwik and Chad Schott // Encore Hollywood


“Hawaii Five-0 – La O Na Makuahine”

Armen Kevorkian, Jeremy Jozwik, Rick Ramirez, Gevork Babityan and Andranik Taranyan // Encore VFX


Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

Galaxy “Chauffeur”

Simon French, William Bartlett, Stephen Cullingford and Grant Walker // Framestore


Johnnie Walker “Where Flavour Is King”

Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx


Kia “Space Babies”

Brian Burke, Charles Abou Aad, Jordan Harris and Patrick Ferguson // Method Studios


Abbott’s Village Bakery “Free Range”

Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx


Qualcomm Snapdragon “Coming Soon”

James Dick, Andy Rowan Robinson, Shayne Ryan and Russell Dodgson // Framestore