Advanced Imaging Society to honor filmmakers Alexander Payne & Darren Aronofsky
January 15, 2024

Advanced Imaging Society to honor filmmakers Alexander Payne & Darren Aronofsky

LOS ANGELES — The Advanced Imaging Society announced the special honors for its 2024 Lumiere Awards, which will take place Friday, February 9th at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Those receiving special honors are Academy Award-winning writer, producer and director Alexander Payne (The Holdovers), who will receive the Harold Lloyd Award for filmmaking, while Darren Aronofsky and Sphere Entertainment will receive’s Voices For the Earth Award for their film Postcard from Earth.  

Alexander Payne

Voting is now underway and continues until January 10th for its 14th annual Lumiere Awards. The awards honor creative and technical achievement for notable work in over a dozen different film and television categories, including Live Action, Documentary, Musical and Animation features, Audio, HDR and Visual Effects achievements, Action and Musical sequences. 

“The Harold Lloyd Award originated more than a decade ago to recognize filmmakers who have boldly moved our industry forward through their technical artistry and storytelling,” explains Society president Jim Chabin. 

“We are thrilled to be honoring Alexander Payne, a brilliant filmmaker whose career has inspired audiences by writing and directing nuanced personal stories that reveal deeper realities of American life,” adds Suzanne Lloyd, chairman of Harold Lloyd Entertainment. “Harold Lloyd, who, like Alexander Payne, was a native Nebraskan, celebrated authentic human characters who were navigating life with integrity. In the film The Holdovers, Mr. Payne has enlightened us with a beautiful story woven from intimate portraits of unforgettable characters, creating a heartfelt and memorable ode to boyhood, teaching and to an iconic era in the United States.”

Darren Aronofsky 

Director Darren Aronofsky and the team from Sphere Entertainment will receive the Voices for the Earth Award for Postcard from Earth, a mesmerizing and technically marvelous tribute to earth’s natural wonders. Sphere is a new next-generation entertainment medium in Las Vegas, with cutting-edge technologies that engage the senses to transport audiences to places both real and imagined. Postcard from Earth set a new bar for multi-sensory storytelling possibilities. The Voices For The Earth Award celebrates innovation and inspiration in environmental storytelling, and acknowledges creatives who have found a unique approach to strengthen the audience’s appreciation for nature and illustrate the importance of taking care of our shared planet. 

Presenting the award to Aronofsky and the Sphere team will be Tom Cosgrove, chief creative officer of and past chairman of AIS.