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Ken Ralston
KenRalston
7 Nominations / 5 Wins
Role Visual Effects
USA
 

Ken Ralston is a visual effects artist, currently the Visual Effect Supervisor and Creative Head at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Ralston begun his career at the seminal commercial animation and visual effects company, Cascade Pictures in Hollywood, where he worked on over 150 advertising campaigns in the early 1970s. In 1976, he was one of the founders of Industrial Light & Magic, bought by Dennis Muren to help George Lucas create the effects for Star Wars. He remained in ILM for 20 years before joining Sony Pictures Imageworks as president. Ralston is best known for his work in the films of Robert Zemeckis.

Wins

58th Academy Awards, 1985
Best Visual EffectsCocoon (shared with Ralph McQuarrie, Scott Farrar and David Berry)
61st Academy Awards, 1988
Best Visual EffectsWho Framed Roger Rabbit (shared with Richard Williams, Edward Jones and George Gibbs)
65th Academy Awards, 1992
Best Visual EffectsDeath Becomes Her (shared with Doug Chiang, Doug Smythe and Tom Woodruff, Jr.)
67th Academy Awards, 1994
Best Visual EffectsForrest Gump (shared with George Murphy, Stephen Rosenbaum and Allen Hall)

Special and Honorary Awards

56th Academy Awards, 1983
Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects) for Return of the Jedi (shared with Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett)

Nominations

54th Academy Awards, 1981
Best Visual EffectsDragonslayer (shared with Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and Brian Johnson)
58th Academy Awards, 1985
Best Visual EffectsCocoon (shared with Ralph McQuarrie, Scott Farrar and David Berry)
61st Academy Awards, 1988
Best Visual EffectsWho Framed Roger Rabbit (shared with Richard Williams, Edward Jones and George Gibbs)
62nd Academy Awards, 1989
Best Visual EffectsBack to the Future Part II (shared with Michael Lantieri, John Bell and Steve Gawley)
65th Academy Awards, 1992
Best Visual EffectsDeath Becomes Her (shared with Doug Chiang, Doug Smythe and Tom Woodruff, Jr.)
67th Academy Awards, 1994
Best Visual EffectsForrest Gump (shared with George Murphy, Stephen Rosenbaum and Allen Hall)
83rd Academy Awards, 2010
Best Visual EffectsAlice in Wonderland (2010) (shared with David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips)

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