BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Some of the most ingenious behind-the-scenes innovators, whose breakthroughs in computer technology and other fields were key to the making of movies such as "Shrek" and "Avatar," were awarded at an early Oscar organizers' ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
From the team who developed a system to bring to life computerized digital stunt doubles for fantastic creatures in movies such as "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," to the man who simply developed one of the most versatile lighting delivery systems in film production, the Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards showcased emotional speeches and lifetimes of work for those whose lives are spent behind the camera.
The Beverly Hills ceremony honored 25 individuals with nine awards. Unlike the main Oscars ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24 and will only recognize movie achievements from 2012, the Scientific and Technical Awards honored those with a proven record of achievement in the process of making feature films.
The ceremony was hosted by actors Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana, who respectively played Captain James T. Kirk and Uhura in "Star Trek" in 2009 and who will reprise those roles in this May's sequel. Saldana payed tribute to the night's honorees, saying they made it possible for life in front of the camera.