B.C. residents Guillaume Rocheron and Jim Erickson win Oscars

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      Vancouver artist Guillaume Rocheron can now call himself an Oscar winner.

      He and colleagues Bill Westenhofer, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott captured the Academy Award for best visual effects for Life of Pi.

      Anyone who saw director Ang Lee's 3-D extravaganza, which featured a tiger practically jumping out of the screen, can understand why.

      One of the most memorable scenes of the adaptation of the Yann Martel novel came when the tiger named Richard Parker and Pi arrive on a bountiful island full of meerkats. 

      At night, the landscape turns hostile, consuming anything that remains on the ground.

      There are also spectacular night-time scenes at sea.

      Rocheron's credits include Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and Batman Begins.

      The other B.C. Oscar winner is set decorator Jim Erickson of Salt Spring Island. He and colleague Rick Carter won the Academy Award for best production design for Lincoln.

      This was his second Oscar nomination, having been a finalist in 2007 for There Will Be Blood.

      He's also won two BAFTA awards.

      Erickson's lengthy resumé includes Water for Elephants, Miami Vice, Ali, Snow Falling on Cedars, Seven Days in Tibet, and Independence Day.