Harper congratulates Canadian Oscar winnersMonday, February 25, 2013 by: Kate AdamsPrime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today congratulating Canadian winners at the 85th Academy Awards:
“On behalf of Canadians, I would like to congratulate Guillaume Rocheron, Mychael Danna and Jim Erickson on receiving the most prestigious honour that the entertainment industry can bestow: an academy award.
Guillaume Rocheron took home an Oscar for Best Visual Effects in Life of Pi, while Mychael Danna took home an Oscar for Best Original Score for the same film. Set decorator Jim Erickson also won an Oscar for Best Production Design for his contribution to the film Lincoln.
Congratulations are also in order to Doug James, a Canadian software developer who was one of the first Academy Award winners of the year. With his three colleagues Nils Thuerey, Theodore Kim and Markus Gross, he won a Technical Achievement Award for developing the Wavelet Turbulence software.
We are very proud that Canadians in the film industry continue to shine on the world stage receiving regular critical acclaim.
Our Government will continue to support the Canadian filmmaking industry through contributions to the National Film Board of Canada and Telefilm Canada. We will also continue to provide incentives for Canadian programming and production, such as the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
Once again, warm congratulations to all the Canadian winners and nominees. I wish them every success in their future endeavours.”