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Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 9:55 p.m.

SEAS graduate wins Oscar for “Life of Pi”

A GW alumnus emerged from the Academy Awards victorious.

“Life of Pi.”

A graduate of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Bill Westenhofer took home the Best Visual Effects award for his work on “Life of Pi” in Sunday’s Oscars ceremony. Westenhofer beat out four other nominated pictures, including “The Avengers” and “The Hobbit.”

Westenhofer is no stranger to the Hollywood awards season. His work on “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects in 2005, and in 2008, he received the BAFTA and Academy Award for visual effects on “The Golden Compass.”

CCAS alumna and “Django Unchained” star Kerry Washington also graced the Oscars stage, presenting a clip from the film alongside co-star Jamie Foxx.

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