Sci-Tech Applications for 2009 Academy Awards® Due July 31

Actress Jessica Biel presented the Scientific & Technical Awards on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills.Beverly Hills, CA (RPRN) 7/27/2009— The submission deadline for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2009 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards is Friday, July 31. A completed entry form must be submitted to the Academy online by 5 p.m. PT. In late May, the Academy mailed more than 850 “call for entries” letters to individuals and companies around the world specializing in motion picture science and technology.

“The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee casts a wide net when looking for achievements to consider for Academy Award® recognition,” explained Awards Administration Director Rich Miller. “The achievement can be a device or a discovery, a formula or a method, but it must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.”

The committee, which is composed of film industry engineers, scientists and craftspeople, will evaluate all submissions before making recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors for award consideration.

The Academy recognizes scientific and technical achievement on three levels: Technical Achievement Award (a certificate), Scientific and Engineering Award (a plaque) and the Academy Award of Merit (an Oscar® statuette).

The 2009 Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills.

All interested individuals and companies must submit any applications online at http://scitech.oscars.org.

Further information may be obtained at the Web site or by contacting Miller’s office at (310) 247-3000, ext. 131, or via e-mail at scitech@oscars.org.

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About the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

CONTACT: Teni Melidonian – (310) 247-3090
tmelidonian@oscars.org

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photo credit: Actress Jessica Biel presented the Scientific & Technical Awards on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills.

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