You've heard of the Oscars, right? When you think of them, you most likely think of Best Pictures and other awards on the annually televised gala. But most people forget the science portion of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which produces the Oscars every year.

There's a segment of the Oscars that only get a few minutes video presentation every year. And those are the awards given to those who help make those moving images we love so much look better.

The Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards are in two categories, as the name implies, with five in Technical Achievement and ten in Scientific and Engineering. Each year's honorees are celebrated at a formal dinner held two weeks prior to the Oscar ceremony, and usually hosted by an attractive actress.

It's interesting to see that this year's awards focus on color and 3D. Reading the descriptions makes me feel like I need to give up my geek card. If you really want to geek out on the technical side of filmmaking, there's a lot more than which operating system is used to produce the CGI, guys. Truelight, LUTher, Imocap, Ambient occlusion, oh my.
categories Movies, Sci-Fi