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IN RECOGNITION OF THE CRITICAL ROLE PLAYED BY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE MOVIEMAKING PROCESS, THE ACADEMY HONORS THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF INNOVATORS IN THESE FIELDS WHOSE WORK HAS ADVANCED THE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY.

First presented at the 4th Academy Awards ceremony in November 1931, the Scientific & Technical Awards are conferred in recognition of original developments that result in significant improvements in motion picture production and exhibition.

Scientific and technical achievement is awarded on three levels: Technical Achievement Award, Scientific and Engineering Award, and Academy Award of Merit.

Scientific and Technical Oscars recipients have included IMAX for its method of filming and exhibiting large-format, wide-angle motion pictures; Avid Technology for its non-linear editing system; and Horst Burbulla for his invention and development of the Technocrane telescoping camera crane. Search the Academy Awards Database to find all Scientific and Technical Award winners.

Presentations of each year’s honorees are made at a black-tie event held prior to the Oscars ceremony, which has become a highlight of the Academy Awards season. 

Contact

The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee at
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90211-1972
Phone: +1 310.247.3000 x1340
scitech@oscars.org