The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is preparing for the big night on Sunday when celebrities and major filmmakers will be awarded Oscar statuettes in front of the entire world. In the meantime, in a quiet and dignified ceremony held on Saturday, February 15, a number of scientists and technicians were recognized for their contribution to the motion picture industry with a combination of certificates, plaques and statuettes.
On the whole, 19 awards were handed out to 52 individual recipients at The Beverly Hills Hotel in California. Furthermore, visual effects supervisor and director of photography Peter W. Anderson, ASC received the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, which is an Oscar statuette, for “technological contributions that have brought credit to the industry” and post-production and distribution executive Charles “Tad” Marburg was handed the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation for “outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy.”
The awards are not necessarily aimed at recognizing work from 2013 — unlike the other categories that will be unveiled on Sunday. They may, in fact, cover a broad range of time. This year marks a first for the Oscars in the sci-tech categories. This is the first time the Academy Award of Merit, which is an Oscar statuette, will be granted to a large number of individuals collectively. It will go to an entire sub-category of the film industry — one that has often been overlooked but remains a vital part of movie-making.