Monday, February 09, 2009

Jessica Biel hosts Sci-Tech Oscars

Host Jessica Biel wore Oscar de la Renta, but it was bearded, buttoned-down Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull who got whoops and whistles at the first Academy Awards presentation of the year.

Attendees yelled for Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, as he accepted an Oscar statuette Saturday night for a lifetime of work in computer animation.

Catmull says he was inspired by early Disney films like "Peter Pan" and "Pinnochio" and mentioned collaborators George Lucas, Steve Jobs and Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter.

Nine other men were honored at the annual scientific and technical awards ceremony, which put a spotlight on the geekier side of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. - AP

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