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WOW guild leader wins an Oscar

Effects man earns sweet loot drop.

According to a tip-off received by WOW Insider, one of the recipients of Sunday's Oscars is also an achiever in Azeroth - he leads a successful World of Warcraft raid guild.

Steve Preeg, along with three of his colleagues, picked up an Academy Award for visual effects for the Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett weepie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Preeg is an animation specialist who's also worked on King Kong, the Lord of the Rings films, the ill-fated Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and the 1996 classic Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace.

One of his guild mates contacted WOW Insider to tell them that Preeg also leads a WOW raiding guild that has cleared all the 25-man endgame content apart from the notoriously difficult Sartharion in his three-drake configuration.

Apparently he plays a combat-specced Undead Rogue with maxed-out Enchanting and Inscription professions, has no less than 25 factions at Exalted, and has even completed some of the holiday event achievements.

You can spy on the rich and kind-of famous some more at Preeg's Armory page. He doesn't seem to have equipped his new trinket yet.