Maine native up for Visual Effects Oscar for work on “The Hobbit”

desolation-of-smaug-dragonEric Saindon, a Gorham native, will get his second chance to win an Academy Award this year, after it was announced Thursday morning that he was nominated for a Best Visual Effects Oscar for his work on “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Saindon, along with Joe Letteri, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds, are all part of the Weta Workshops visual effects team that worked on the second installment of “The Hobbit” trilogy.

Saindon grew up in Gorham and has worked for Weta for more than ten years, working on such films as “King Kong,” “Night at the Museum” and “Avatar.” He was nominated last year for his work on the first “Hobbit” film. Saindon lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where Weta is based, with his wife and three children.

Saindon has also been nominated for a visual effects BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award, which will be awarded Feb. 16. The Academy Awards will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 on ABC, with Ellen Degeneres as host.


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