Phil Tippett, who founded Tippett Studio and won an effects Oscar for his work in Jurassic Park and a Special Achievement Academy Award for Return Of The Jedi, will receive the Visual Effects Society's (VES) George Melies Award For Artistic Excellence.

The Melies Award, given to individuals who have 'pioneered a significant and lasting contribution to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry by a way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work', will be presented at the 7th Annual VES Awards in Beverly Hills on February 21, 2009.

Tippett was the stop-motion animator of the Imperial Walkers in The Empire Strikes Back and former head of the ILM creature shop. He was at the forefront of digital animation and supervised the dinosaur animation in Jurassic Park.

Tippett Studio is currently in production on Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell and X-Men Origins: Wolverine for Fox.