Written on 26th Feb 2011.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — John Lasseter’s pair of Oscars have a new friend: a lifetime achievement trophy. The Pixar and Disney animation chief received the award Friday night for his dedication to the 40-minutes-or-less medium from Shorts International, an entertainment organization which promotes, distributes, broadcasts and produces short films.
“It feels fantastic because I love short films,” said Lasseter. “I love the art form and what it did for me as a filmmaker. I learned so much from making short films. They’re these little gems, these fantastic little ideas that are not meant to be a feature film. They’re perfect unto themselves. A great short film leaves you smiling and thinking about it.”

Lasseter won the animated short film Oscar in 1988 for “Tin Toy,” as well as a special achievement award in 1995 for “Toy Story,” the first feature-length computer-generated film. The lifetime achievement award from Shorts International may not be his only prize this weekend. He’s nominated with the other “Toy Story 3” filmmakers for best adapted screenplay.

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