You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Acad bestows Sci-Tech awards

Actress Elizabeth Banks hosts kudofest for biz's 'nerds'

It was an emotional night for the film industry’s engineers and technologists as the Acad presented its Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Wilshire.

The certificates and plaques handed out Saturday night represented a change from prior years. No Academy Award of Merit Oscars were presented, nor was the Sawyer Award honorary Oscar or the Bonner Medal for service. Those trophies had been staples of the Sci-Tech ceremony, but an Acad spokesman said no names proposed to the Scientific and Technical Awards committee rose to the standards they maintain for the kudos.

That didn’t put a damper on the evening, however, as the honorees, many of whom had come from overseas to receive their awards, voiced deep appreciation for Academy kudos they never imagined they would receive.

Klaus Anderle, who received two awards, departed from his prepared speech on his second trip to the podium to offer an emotional thank you to “all the actors and directors and everyone else in early production.”

Most of the honors focused on two areas: Digital lighting and enabling technologies for digital intermediate. One of the few awards outside those disciplines went to a four-man team from Industrial Light & Magic, honored for the Imocap performance-capture system. ILM’s Steve Sullivan said, “I’d like to offer an apology to Bill Nighy, Robert Downey Jr. and all the actors who’ve had to endure the deeply embarrassing computer pajamas. It’s their work that makes us at ILM look good.”

Host Elizabeth Banks kept the energy level high. “Some of the stuff you awesome nerds come up with is pretty freaking cool,” she said at the start. That became the evening’s theme, as Banks poked fun at the “nerds” and her lack of understanding of what they do.

More Film

  • Wanderland

    Wanderland

    It was an emotional night for the film industry’s engineers and technologists as the Acad presented its Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Wilshire. The certificates and plaques handed out Saturday night represented a change from prior years. No Academy Award of Merit Oscars were presented, nor was the Sawyer Award honorary Oscar or […]

  • Virginia Madsen Valeria Cotto

    Film News Roundup: Virginia Madsen, Valeria Cotto to Star in Supernatural Thriller 'Sarah'

    It was an emotional night for the film industry’s engineers and technologists as the Acad presented its Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Wilshire. The certificates and plaques handed out Saturday night represented a change from prior years. No Academy Award of Merit Oscars were presented, nor was the Sawyer Award honorary Oscar or […]

  • avengers infinity war

    Can 'Avengers: Infinity War' Top 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'' Record Box Office Opening?

    It was an emotional night for the film industry’s engineers and technologists as the Acad presented its Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Wilshire. The certificates and plaques handed out Saturday night represented a change from prior years. No Academy Award of Merit Oscars were presented, nor was the Sawyer Award honorary Oscar or […]

  • BondIt Media Capital

    BondIt Media Capital Closes $20 Million Credit Facility (EXCLUSIVE)

    It was an emotional night for the film industry’s engineers and technologists as the Acad presented its Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Wilshire. The certificates and plaques handed out Saturday night represented a change from prior years. No Academy Award of Merit Oscars were presented, nor was the Sawyer Award honorary Oscar or […]

  • Brookings Institution presents "The Life She

    Brookings Institution Doc Puts a Human Face on the Medical Marijuana Movement

    It was an emotional night for the film industry’s engineers and technologists as the Acad presented its Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Wilshire. The certificates and plaques handed out Saturday night represented a change from prior years. No Academy Award of Merit Oscars were presented, nor was the Sawyer Award honorary Oscar or […]

  • Playback Podcast: Aaron Katz on 'Gemini'

    Playback: Aaron Katz on 'Gemini' and the Erosion of Mid-Budget Studio Filmmaking

    It was an emotional night for the film industry’s engineers and technologists as the Acad presented its Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Wilshire. The certificates and plaques handed out Saturday night represented a change from prior years. No Academy Award of Merit Oscars were presented, nor was the Sawyer Award honorary Oscar or […]

  • The Equalizer 2 trailer

    Denzel Washington Is Back in Action in 'Equalizer 2' Trailer

    It was an emotional night for the film industry’s engineers and technologists as the Acad presented its Scientific and Technical Awards at the Beverly Wilshire. The certificates and plaques handed out Saturday night represented a change from prior years. No Academy Award of Merit Oscars were presented, nor was the Sawyer Award honorary Oscar or […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content