October 23, 2007


A visual effects pioneer, Edlund earned four Academy Awards for work on Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Return of the Jedi (1984). He was nominated another six times for contributions to Poltergeist, 2010, Ghostbusters, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Die Hard and Alien 3. Edlund also earned three Scientific and Engineering Awards during has career and was presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation earlier this year.

In addition to his film contributions, Edlund earned an Emmy for creating visual effects for the original television miniseries Battlestar Galactica (1978). He was also nominated for Mike Nichols' Angels in America (2003).

Past ASC Presidents Award recipients have included actor Robert Duvall; visual effects pioneers Linwood Dunn, ASC, Hans F. Koenekamp, ASC, Douglas Trumbull and Howard Anderson, Jr., ASC; Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown; Panavision camera designers Tak Miyagishima and Albert Mayer, Sr.; documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles; archivist and ASC historian Kemp Niver; and cinematographers William Clothier, ASC, Charles Wheeler, ASC, Guy Green, BSC, Ralph Woolsey, ASC, Richard Moore, ASC, Woody Omens, ASC, and Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC.