The lovely and talented Maggie Gyllenhaal has been chosen to present this year's tech Oscars, or as they like to refer to them -- the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards -- on February 10. Gyllenhall will pass out 15 awards in the technical categories, as well as the Gordon E. Sawyer award for a lifetime of technological contributions to the motion picture industry. This year's Sawyer winner will be Ray Feeney, a pioneer of software for special effects in movies.
Gyllenhaal, who recently came off a huge year, with World Trade Center, Sherrybaby, Monster House and Stranger than Fiction, is an interesting choice for presenter, seeing as how she's not exactly associated with the technical side of the business. It seems like maybe James Cameron would be the kind of celebrity they'd want to throw at these awards -- someone who seems to invent new equipment every time he sets out to make a new movie. The Academy probably just wants some eye-candy so that they can present clips from the technical awards during the main ceremony on February 25.