Film critic and historian David Thomson had an interesting piece up yesterday in the Los Angeles Times on the history of the Oscars and the Academy - and what he would do to make the Oscars more relevant to today's audience. For starters, he'd toss out the awards for some of my favorite categories - Foreign, Documentary, and Short - along with the craftsy stuff like costume design and art direction.

I don't agree with him on that bit, but I do think his next suggestion has some merit: play up the importance of the technical categories. Celebrate people like Gary Demos, who "did much of the theoretical work in computer imagery"; Demos received an honorary Oscar on February 18 for his tremendous contribution to computer animation, but you won't see him in the front row come Oscar night.