Leonard Maltin to Host 3D Society's Creative Arts Awards

Panasonic, "Life of Pi's" Ang Lee and DreamWorks Animation are among the honorees.
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Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin has been tapped to host the fourth annual 3D Creative Arts Awards  to be held Feb. 6 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the International 3D Society said Thursday.

“Leonard Maltin is revered as one of our film industry’s most trusted voices. He brings a keen eye, a love of movies and a sense of history to our celebration of this year’s best 3D,” said Jim Chabin, president of the International 3D Society.

Panasonic will receive the Century Award for its achievements in bringing the 2012 Olympics to millions of 3D viewers worldwide.

“From movie reels to television to live satellite broadcasts and now to 3D, the future of media is often seen first at the Olympics,” said Chabin. “Panasonic Corp. has led the way in making the Olympics come to life in 3D, and it’s most appropriate that they receive this year’s Century Award.”

It was previously announced that Life of Pi director Ang Lee would be honored with the Harold Lloyd Award for creative achievement. DreamWorks Animation also will receive the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for education and creative achievement. Awards will be given in international categories.

The ceremony also will present the Autodesk world 3D short-film competition winner. A preshow cocktail reception will honor 3D technical excellence for the 2012 3D Technology Award winners, including Samsung, 3ality Technica, 21st Century 3D, TDVision and InfniiteZ.

The fourth annual 3D Creative Arts Awards also will celebrate the second anniversary for 3net, joint venture with Discovery, Sony and IMAX.