The motion picture academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards, which were handed out on Saturday evening at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, are like a bizarro version of the Oscars.
There is no red carpet. There is no live TV audience of millions around the globe. There are no envelopes to open, since the winners are announced weeks in advance.
Instead of the dazzling celebrities, at the Sci-Tech Awards, the film industry’s unheralded nerds get the spotlight, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the scientists and engineers whose behind-the-scenes innovations make much of the spectacle of the movies possible.
Only about a minute of the...