There was some disappointment in Sweden when Gothenburg filmmaker Ruben Östlund failed to make the cut for this year's Oscar nominations. His latest movie, Force Majeure, was a big hit but, still, Östlund will not be joining the global cinema elite at the Oscar gala later this month.
However, another Swede, Magnus Wrenninge, will be accepting a prestigious Academy Award on February 7th - two weeks ahead of the glitzy Hollywood gala. He’ll be picking up a coveted certificate at a Beverly Hills event for technical achievement prize winners.
Wrenninge, 35, has been awarded an Oscar for an innovation called Field 3D, a virtual library designed to handle large volumes of data for computer graphics.
Field 3D, an open-source tool, has been used in movies like Oz the Great and Powerful, Alice in Wonderland, and Monsters University.
Wrenninge has worked at the animation studio Pixar for the past three years, but moved to the US already back in 2003, fresh out of college. He is a graduate of the Institute of Technology at the University of Linköping, a small town in south-eastern Sweden.
Radio Sweden caught up with Wrenninge on the phone from his desk at Pixar, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.