(...) When Life of Pi won an Oscar in visual effects, the film’s VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer—who is a Rhythm & Hues employee—started to thank R&H artists and began to address the company’s recent bankruptcy filing, but his acceptance speech was cut off as the orchestra played him off with the theme from Jaws. And then, when Life of Pi director Ang Lee won the Oscar for best director, he failed to address the movie's visual effects.
"Ouch! Played off and then mic cut off at the Oscars,” one commented in response to Westenhofer's treatment, while another wrote, “We don’t have time to hear about Rhythm & Hues but we have time for a Ted bit?"
HUNDREDS OF VISUAL FX ARTISTS IN HOLLYWOOD FACE UNEMPLOYMENT
Best Picture: "Argo" Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln" Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook" Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained" Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables" Best Director: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi" Animated Feature Film: "Brave" Cinematography: "Life of Pi" Costume Design: "Anna Karenina" Documentary Feature: "Searching for Sugar Man" Documentary Short: "Inocente" Film Editing: "Argo" Foreign Language Film: "Amour" (Austria) Makeup: "Les Misérables" Original Score: "Life of Pi" Original Song: "Skyfall" from "Skyfall" Production Design: "Lincoln" Short Film (Animated): "Paperman" Short Film (Live Action): "Curfew" Sound Editing: "Skyfall" & "Zero Dark Thirty" (tie) Sound Mixing: "Les Misérables" Visual Effects: "Life of Pi" Best Adapted Screenplay: "Argo" Best Original Screenplay: "Django Unchained"