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Gately was an art major at Connecticut College


 Tom Gately '91 and Pixar colleagues with their Visual Effects Society Awards on Feb. 1.

Tom Gately '91 and Pixar colleagues with their Visual Effects Society Awards on Feb. 1.

Tom Gately '91 took home a special effects award and an Oscar nomination for Pixar's "Day & Night," a short animated feature that audiences saw before Toy Story 3 last year.
Gately, an art major, was the supervising animator for the film. The team won an award from the Visual Effects Society on Feb. 1 for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short.

View the trailer for Day & Night.

"Day & Night" tells the story of two dissimilar characters -- night and day -- who become friends when they start to appreciate what makes each unique. The six-minute short highlights the visual effects for which Pixar is known.

Gately's team lost the Oscar to "The Lost Thing," a Passion Pictures Australia Production. The Academy tends to favor small studios for the 'best short' category and since Pixar won the Oscar for Toy Story 3, there was a slim chance "Day & Night" would also win.

Gately joined Pixar in 2004 after 11 years with Disney. His work has included "The Lion King," "Cars" and "Toy Story 3."

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