The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) Board of Governors voted to award the Oscars, as well as four Scientific and Engineering Awards, which will be presented in the form of plaques, and six Technical Achievement Awards, to be presented as certificates, based upon recommendations from the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, chaired by Richard Edlund.
Awards Administration Director Rich Miller said that unlike other of this year's Academy Awards, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards do not have to have been introduced during 2002, and in fact are only considered "if they have a proven track record showcasing successful and repeated use in the film industry."
The Scientific and Technical Academy Awards will be presented at a gala black tie dinner on Mar. 1, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical achievements for the year 2002 are:
ACADEMY AWARD OF MERIT (Oscar Statuette)
SCIENTIFIC AND ENGINEERING AWARDS (Academy Plaque)
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (Academy Certificates)