"Daddy’s Been Nominated For an Oscar": Visual Effects House Celebrates Despite Industry Troubles - NBC Southern California

"Daddy’s Been Nominated For an Oscar": Visual Effects House Celebrates Despite Industry Troubles

"The kids woke up (like) what’s going on? Daddy’s been nominated for an Oscar. Oh, my God. What’s an Oscar?"

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    An Academy Awards nomination for its work in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is a nice distraction for Digital Domain as the industry faces tough times. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m., Feb. 20, 2015. (Published Friday, Feb. 20, 2015)

    A visual effects team is celebrating an Oscar nomination in the midst of all the troubles its industry is going through.

    Digital Domain was nominated for its work in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Its visual effects supervisor, Lou Pecora, said his family was delighted when they learned about the nomination.

    "The kids woke up (like) what’s going on? Daddy’s been nominated for an Oscar. Oh, my God. What’s an Oscar?" Pecora said.

    It comes at a tough time for the visual effects industry in the U.S., as jobs are being sent overseas where other countries may offer better tax incentives.

    In 2013, a visual effects house, Rhythm and Hues, filed for bankruptcy shortly after winning an Oscar for "Life of Pi."

    "It’s really heart breaking when one of them goes down," Pecora said.

    He said he hopes a move by California lawmakers will keep the jobs local. Last year the lawmakers approved a bill to triple film and tax credit to $330 million.

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