Oscars Get Scientific, Honor Alias|Wavefront

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences devoted Saturday night to recognizing the advances driving today’s movie business. The 2002 Scientific and Technical Awards were held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., where host Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) saw Oscar statuettes, plaques and certificates handed out for devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special value to the industry.

One statuette was given to Alias|Wavefront, for the development of its 3D animation, dynamics, modeling and rendering tool known as Maya. The other was received by and Arnold & Richter Cine Technik and Panavision Inc. for continuing development and innovation in the design and manufacturing of advanced camera systems.

The team of Mark Elendt, Paul H. Breslin, Greg Hermanovic and Kim Davidson received a plaque for the development of the Prisms program, which is used in the Houdini 3D animation software.

Among the certificate recipients were Dick Walsh for the development of the PDI/DreamWorks facial Animation System and the Mental Images team, led by Thaomas Driemeyer, for the Mental Ray rendering software. Eric Daniels, George Katanics, Tasso Lappas and Chris Springfield also picked up cetificates for the developmet of the Deep Canvas rendering software.

To see the full list of honorees, visit http://www.oscars.org/scitech/2002/winners.html.