Wisconsin native wins Oscar for technical work

CREATED Mar 1, 2014

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 EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- An Eau Claire native will be in the crowd at the Academy Awards, having already won one this year.

The Leader-Telegram reports Peter Anderson was honored Feb. 15 at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards. He was given the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for "technological contributions that have brought credit to the industry."

The 71-year-old is considered an innovator in cinematography and visual effects, including on films like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Tron" and the 1998 "Godzilla."

He says the Oscar is special because almost everyone who has won the Sawyer Award has been a friend or influenced his career in a positive way.

Anderson graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1960 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.