Tech innovators honored at Oscars dinner

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Associated Press

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 4:52 PM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A room full of engineers, computer whizzes and technicians has brought the crew of the Starship Enterprise down to Earth for a night.

Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine hosted the annual Sci-Tech Oscars, in which the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences beams a spotlight on the latter half of its name. Saldana said the pair were humbled by the winners' innovations in movie-making technology.

It was a mostly rare brush with Hollywood glitz for the 26 men who received plaques, certificates and one statuette on a stage adorned with four large Oscar statues.

They were honored for work ranging from computer graphics software to rigs used to place lighting in hard-to-reach spots on sets.

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