Worthing man wins Oscar

Paul Norris Ex Machina
Paul Norris Ex Machina

A WORTHING man won an Oscar at the prestigious movie awards ceremony in Los Angeles last night.

Paul Norris, along with colleagues Andrew Whitehurst, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett, scooped the award for visual effects for their work on sci-fi blockbuster Ex Machina.

In the award acceptance speech, given by Andrew Whitehurst, he said: “This is so utterly unexpected.

“Visual effects is massively a team game, more so maybe than any other department.

“We have to thank people in two different directions. We have got to thank the studio, we have got to thank the production. We have to thank Alex for being an amazing director and we have to thank Alicia for being Ava.”

Speaking to the Herald last week, ahead of the Oscars, Paul, 46, who lives in Worthing, said: “On a movie that size it was a total shock to us. The Oscar nomination was the biggest surprise.

“We weren’t expecting that at all.”

During his career, Paul has helped bring the magical world of Harry Potter to life, given Thor his superhuman strength and made Tom Cruise’s missions all the more possible.

But before the glamour of Hollywood blockbusters, Paul recalled his time at Boundstone school, in Lancing, where his love for art was nurtured.

“I liked drawing and art, and making stuff,” he said.

“I also enjoyed woodwork and metalwork, so I always had that passion for creativity.

“I left the school around 1986 when I was 16 years old.

“I didn’t do A-levels, so I went straight on to college.”

At Worthing Art College, Paul stayed at a campus in Durrington where he completed a foundation art course and a diploma in graphic design.

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