Patrick Stewart hosts the 2018 Scientific and Technical Academy Awards on Saturday, February 10. In a jam-packed evening at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, the knighted actor will preside over the presentation of 10 awards to 34 individuals and one organization.
Unlike the competitive Oscars that take place on March 4, these awards recognize achievements that need not have been introduced in 2017. Rather, they honor those people and processes that have contributed significant value to the process of making movies. Portions of event will be included in the Academy Awards telecast on ABC to be hosted for the second year running by Jimmy Kimmel.
The academy will salute the life-time achievement of visual effects wizard Jonathan Erland by bestowing him its highest honor on the sci-tech side, the Gordon E. Sawyer Award. Mark Elendt and Side Effects Software will pick up an honorary Oscar for the creation and development of the Houdini visual effects and animation system.
Four achievements are honored with the Scientific and Engineering Award, which is in the form of a plaque:
Shotover K1 Camera System.
Houdini visual effects and animation system.
Nuke compositing system.
Hydrascope telescoping camera crane systems.
And four more advances get the Technical Achievement Awards, which is in the form of a certificate:
BlockParty procedural rigging system at Industrial Light & Magic.
Rhythm & Hues Construction Kit rigging system.
Premo character animation system at DreamWorks Animation.
Presto Animation System at Pixar Animation Studios.
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