There’s apartheid at the Academy Awards. Tonight, we’ll be seeing a big, glitzy ceremony for the “big prizes” but, already, there’s been another ceremony, far lower in profile.
Back on February 9th, Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana hosted the 2012 Scientific and Technical Awards. There were nine categories in total, each focused on the S in AMPAS, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Here’s the full list of winners.
Bill Taylor – John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation
Won for his career in VFX.
J.P. Lewis, Matt Cordner and Nickson Fong – Technical Achievement Award
Won for the invention and publication of the Pose Space Deformation technique, “a foundational technique in the creation of computer–generated characters.”
Lawrence Kesteloot, Drew Olbrich and Daniel Wexler – Technical Achievement Award
Won for the creation of the Light CG animation system.
Steve LaVietes, Brian Hall and Jeremy Selan – Technical Achievement Award
Won for the creation of Katana, a CG “scene management and lighting” software system.
Theodore Kim, Nils Thuerey, Dr. Markus Gross and Doug James – Technical Achievement Award
Won for the invention, publication and dissemination of Wavelet Turbulence software, which permits “art–directable creation of highly detailed gas simulation.”
Richard Mall – Technical Achievement Award
Won for the invention of the Matthews Max Menace Arm, a “safe and adjustable device that allows rapid, precise positioning of lighting fixtures, cameras or accessories.”
Simon Clutterbuck, James Jacobs and Dr. Richard Dorling – Scientific and Engineering Award
Won for the “Tissue Physically–Based Character Simulation Framework.”
Dr. Philip McLauchlan, Allan Jaenicke, John–Paul Smith and Ross Shain – Scientific and Engineering Award
Won for developing Mohair, a rotoscoping and tracking software system.
Joe Murtha, William Frederick and Jim Markland – Scientific and Engineering Award
Won for inventing the CINE VCLX Portable Power System.
Cooke Optics Limited – Academy Award of Merit
Won for their continued development of lenses.
I love that these guys get recognised. I do kind of regret that they won’t get their moment in the midst of the “main ceremony.”
And I should say, it’s not without some sad irony that a protest is going on outside the Oscars today. Almost 500 members of the VFX community are taking a stand, asking for fairer treatment and recompense. For a good handle on what they’re protesting for, check out the “talking points” list drawn up to help the protest members speak with the media.
We are likely to see Rhythm and Hues win an Oscar tonight for their incredible work on Life of Pi. They went bankrupt just this month.
My live blog of the Oscars starts… soon. Within the next 45 minutes or so.