Oscars honor nine sci-tech achievements

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Jan 04 2013 07:30 am
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The motion picture academy just released the list of nine achievements to be feted at this year's ceremony. The kudos will be bestowed in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire on Feb. 9. Last year, sci-fi film darling Milla Jovovich (pictured above) presided over the festivities.

The Sci-Tech committee called for submissions last summer and met in December to vote on them. It made recommendations to the Board of Governors which had the final say as to the level of recognition be it certificate, plaque or Academy Award statue.

Cooke Optics will receive an Oscar "for their continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of advanced camera lenses that have helped define the look of motion pictures over the last century."

Three achievements will be honored with the Scientific and Engineering Award which is in the form of a plaque. 

  • Tissue: A Physically-Based Character Simulation Framework (Weta Digital)
     
  • Planar Tracking: mocha and Enabling Technology (Imagineer Systems Ltd.)
     
  • Cine VCLX Portable Power System (Anton/Bauer)
     

And five achievements  will get the Technical Achievement Awards which is in the form of a certificate. 

  • Pose Space Deformation Technique (Lewis/Cordner/Fong)
     
  • Light: Lighting Tool (PDI Dreamworks)
     
  • Wavelet Turbulence for Fluid Simulation (University of California, Santa Barbara)
     
  • Matthews MAX Menace Arm (Matthews Studio Equipment)
     
  • Katana Computer Graphics Scene Management (Sony)
 
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