The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Photo by John Schreiber.
The Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Photo by John Schreiber.

The innovators behind 21 technical achievements — including motion-capture systems and a camera-positioning column — were named Tuesday as recipients of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards.

The Academy also announced that it will honor Dolby Laboratories executive David W. Gray with its Gordon E. Sawyer Award, which honors a person “whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.” Gray will be recognized for a career that includes the design of sound technologies such as stereo optical soundtracks, digital sound and Dolby Atmos.

“Our honorees represent an enormous range of technologies, from camera rigs to software systems, with names as colorful as ‘Biscuit Jr.,’ ‘Barbershop’ and PhysBAM,” said Richard Edlund, chairman of the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. “They exemplify the phenomenal creativity of professionals in the scientific and technical community, and the invaluable contributions they make to what is arguably the most creative industry in the world.”

The 58 honorees will be recognized during a Feb. 7 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.

City News Service

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