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AMPAS reveals sci-tech Oscar noms

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) has selected 34 achievements to be considered for 1998 Academy Awards. The selected achievements are announced in advance, "to enable those with claims of prior invention or with devices similar to those under consideration to advise the Academy," said category committee chair Edmund M. DiGiulio. Following is a list of achievements being considered which have some relation to animation technology: INFERNO Special Visual Effects System, Discreet Logic; RenderWorld, Arete Image Software, Inc.; Laser Based Motion Picture Film Recording System, Pixar Animation Studios; The ILM Skin Animation System, Industrial Light & Magic; PDI Facial Animation System for Computer-Generated Characters, Pacific Data Images. Demonstration of selected achievements will be conducted on Tuesday, October 27 in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, and the committee will meet on December 9 to vote on the awards. The Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Saturday, February 27, 1999.

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