While this is an important story for Oscar fans and Academy Trackers I could not resist this story, primarily because of the photo released along with it by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as just one day before the official 2005 Oscar Nominees are announced, Scarlett Johansson is announced as the presenter for the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 12, at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. To check out the pic, just scroll down a bit further.
The creators of two camera crane systems will receive OscarÃ‚Â® statuettes, which will be among the 15 awards presented at the gala black tie dinner. Horst Burbulla will receive an Oscar for the creation and development of the Technocrane telescoping camera crane, which has redefined camera crane technology. Oscar statuettes also will be presented to Jean-Marie Lavalou, Alain Masseron and David Samuelson for engineering and developing the Louma Camera Crane and remote system for motion picture production. The Louma has served as the inspiration for many subsequent remote camera systems.
The Gordon E. Sawyer Award, also an Oscar statuette, will be presented during the ceremony to Takuo Miyagishima for his lifetime of technological contributions to the industry.
Portions of the Oscar presentations will be taped for inclusion in the February 27 Academy AwardsÃ‚Â® broadcast.
Johansson will appear live on the Oscar telecast to introduce the Sci-Tech segment.
Scientific and Technical Awards are presented by the Academy for devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts and sciences of motion pictures.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2004 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST, beginning with a half-hour arrival segment.