Best animated feature film – Kubo and the Two Strings
Travis Knight, who directed the Oscar-nominated animated film,”Kubo and the Two Strings,” produced by Laika studio in Hillsboro, will be honored at Monday’s Oregon Media Production Association annual awards ceremony in Portland.
(Laika Studios/Focus Features via AP)
Local actors, filmmakers, and politicians will all be in the house Monday evening for the Oregon Media Production Association’s annual awards show. The event honors outstanding achievements by members of Oregon’s film and TV community, many of whom have been seen by national audiences in such TV series as “Grimm” and “The Librarians.”
This year, Travis Knight, president and CEO of Laika studio in Hillsboro, will be given the new OMPA “Impact Award.” The prize recognizes Knight’s work as producer and director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” as well as the jobs such productions have created at Laika.
Unfortunately for OMPA, Knight won’t be able to attend because he’s traveling to Los Angeles, a destination Knight — the son of Nike CEO Phil Knight — is likely to see often since he’s reportedly been tapped to direct “Bumblebee,” a live-action spinoff from the “Transformers” franchise. Steven Spielberg is one of the producers of the “Bumblebee” project.
Arianne Sutner, a co-producer of “Kubo and the Two Strings,” is scheduled to accept the Impact Award for Knight.
Also in line for honors Monday are Vic Gilliam, who recently announced his resignation from the Oregon legislature after his diagnosis with ALS. Gilliam will be given the “Legacy Award,” in recognition of his support of the state film and television industry.
On a less serious note, actors from the local film and TV community will win tongue-in-cheek awards in such categories as “Most Uncomfortable Eye Contact in an Audition.”
The OMPA awards show will be held at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, home of Portland Center Stage. The address is 128 N.W. Eleventh Ave. Doors are at 6 p.m. and the award show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and will be sold at the door.
OMPA’s membership includes professionals who work in the state film, TV and digital storytelling industries.
— Kristi Turnquist