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Science Oscars

Every year actors, directors, producers, and production artists get together to celebrate the previous year’s best work (according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).

But almost two weeks before, a very special set of Oscars is handed out on behalf of the work done on the lights, cameras, and movie action that make the entire film industry possible: the scientific and technical “oscar” awards.

Presented by Jessica Biel, the awards were given for new lens systems, lighting fixtures, LCD screens, lifetime achievement, and other camera and lens breakthroughs. It was a small gathering of people, and they’re not presented with the rest of the Oscar awards, but it’s still nice to know that you can win an Oscar for creating a super lens.

Technology has become more and more important in film these days, from computer-generated imagery (CGI) to new camera technology to blue/green screen to all the effects that went into this year’s Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Today’s film technology really is incredible, certainly when compared to some of the first films with computer-animation.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.