Jessica Biel to Host Academy’s Sci-Tech Awards

Beverly Hills, CA (RushPRnews) 02/04/09—Actress Jessica Biel will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Biel will next be seen in “Easy Virtue,” a feature opening in May in which she stars opposite Colin Firth and Kristen Scott Thomas. She recently completed “Nailed” with Jake Gyllenhaal, James Marsden and Catherine Keener. Biel’s credits also include roles in “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,” “The Illusionist” and “Elizabethtown.”

Among the six awards that Biel will present during the evening is the Academy’s Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar® statuette, which is being bestowed on Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry.

The Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation is not televised but filmed excerpts from the event will be integrated into the 81st Academy Awards® telecast later this month.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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