A graduate from the University of
Wolverhampton is celebrating after winning an Oscar for his work on
the hit film Inception.
Peter Bebb was part of a team that won a coveted Academy Award
for the Hollywood blockbuster’s pioneering visual effects.
Peter, originally from Loggerheads in Staffordshire, graduated
with a BA (Hons) Wood, Metals and Plastics (3D Design) from the
University of Wolverhampton in 1996.
The 35-year-old, who now lives in London, travelled to the Kodak
Theatre in Los Angeles to attend the ceremony yesterday (Sunday, 27
Dr Bryony Conway, Dean of the School of Art & Design at the
University, said: "Everyone at the School of Art & Design is
absolutely delighted with Peter's success at the Oscars. He has
described his degree from the University as the 'catalyst' that
started his career, and we are really proud of his achievements. He
is a real inspiration to all our students hoping to follow in his
Prior to the ceremony, Peter said it was a “real honour” to be
nominated and was a testament to the hard work and effort the team
put in to the film.
He also said his time at the University of Wolverhampton had a
real impact on his career: “The degree from the University of
Wolverhampton introduced me in to the world of CGI and the endless
possibilities it can achieve - it was the catalyst that started it
After graduating, Peter landed a job as a runner at the Double
Negative studios. Since then, he has worked on a variety of
blockbuster films which are notable for their visual effects,
including Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and
the latest James Bond films.
Released in 2010, Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a
specialised spy who secretly steals valuable commercial information
from his targets while they are dreaming.
Peter’s team worked on some of the film’s most memorable and
iconic scenes, including inner-city Paris folding in on itself and
fight scenes that defied reality.
Inception was nominated for eight Oscars, and won accolades for
Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and
Best Sound Editing.
The film also scooped three BAFTAs at the ceremony earlier this
month in London, including one in the Visual Effects category.
Picture: Peter Bebb
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