Sci-Tech nominees unveiled

Contenders in the running for the Oscars

The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled 11 scientific and technical achievements on Friday that are in the running for Sci-Tech Awards at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

The contenders are enabling technologies for digital intermediate (credit to be determined); the development of Fujicolor ETERNA-RDI Digital Intermediate Film (Fujifilm USA); relighting for virtual characters (USC ICT) Imocap (Lucasfilm Entertainment) ambient occlusion (Double Negative VFX); point-based color bleeding (Pixar Animation Studios) OBAQ/DOALL (Industrial Light & Magic) Film Master (Digital Vision Ltd.) System 5 (Euphonix, Inc.) Rigtight£ (1stCall Studio Equipment) Heden Lens Motors with Two-Stage Friction Drive Planetary Torque Amplifier (Heden Engineering AB).

The list is made public so that individuals and companies with similar devices or claims can submit their achievements for review. The deadline to submit additional entries is Sept. 15.

The committee will meet in early December to vote on recommendations to the Academy's board of governors, which will make the final awards decisions. The Sci-Tech Awards will be presented at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills on Feb. 20.