Oscar organizers honor film science, technology

Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:20am EST
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By Jordan Riefe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hosting Oscar organizers' Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday night, actress Milla Jovovich, a veteran of effects-driven movies like the "Resident Evil" franchise, confessed she knew little about what actually goes on behind the cameras.

"I'm not an expert in technology. However I will say that as an actor, I certainly benefited from the many innovations you bring to filmmaking," she told a packed ballroom of technical wizards being honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.

The annual awards event is typically overshadowed by the Academy Awards, or Oscars, which will be given out on February 26 for the best film, performances, directing, writing and other film work of the year.

Saturday's scientific and technical awards were reserved for honorees including Douglas Trumbull, recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for work that has "brought credit to the industry."

Trumbull has been at the forefront of visual effects for decades, working on classics like "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Blade Runner" and more recently, "The Tree of Life," a contender in this year's best film race.

He spoke to the audience about rapidly changing technology in cinema and challenges facing the industry as attendance dips.

"I think we can make movies that make people say, 'I'm going to go out to a movie tonight because it's so cool, it's so big, it's so grand and it's so spectacular and there's so much showmanship," said Trumbull. "I think we can bring movies to new heights."

Other scientific and technical winners included the late John D. Lowry, inventor of the Lowry technique that is used to enhance image quality. Lowry died in his sleep only three weeks ago on January 21. Upon accepting the honor in his absence, his widow kissed the plaque then held it to the heavens.   Continued...

<p>Russian actress and host of the Scientific and Technical Awards Milla Jovovich arrives at the Scientific and Technical Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in Beverly Hills, California February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas</p>