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Jennifer Garner To Host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards

ALIAS star Jennifer Garner will present the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 14, 2004 at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

She actually will be handing out the first Oscar statuettes in 2004 at the gala black tie dinner, leading up to the Oscar telecast on Feb. 29. Digidesign, a leading manufacturer of computer-based digital audio production systems, will receive an Oscar for the creation and development of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Bill Tondreau of Kuper Controls also will receive an Oscar for his significant advancements with robotic camera systems, which resulted in motion control becoming an integral part of the field of visual effects.

Peter D. Parks will receive The Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette, for his lifetime of technological contributions to the industry.

Garner is starring in the upcoming romantic comedy, 13 GOING ON 30. Her other film credits include, WASHINGTON SQUARE, PEARL HARBOR, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR and DAREDEVIL. As insiders have observed at the tech awards, actresses who have graciously hosted the evening seem to soon have Oscar nominations for their acting.

Portions of the Oscar presentations will be taped for inclusion in the Feb. 29 Academy Awards broadcast. Garner will appear live on the Oscar telecast to introduce the Sci-Tech segment.