The Academy is Considering 13 Scientific and Technical Areas for 2022 Academy Awards


Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the planned launch of 13 distinct scientific and technical investigations for 2022. In announcing this, The Academy aims to offer individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation within these areas the opportunity to submit their work and achievements for review by the Academy. The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee will converge in the Summer, once a thorough investigation has been conducted in each of the technology categories, and together will vote on recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors who’s final awards decision it will be.

“The scientific and technical contributions to filmmaking are ever-evolving and have been further accelerated by a growing remote and distributed workforce, advancements in real-time rendering, hyperscaling of productions, and a passion for achieving the highest quality cinema experience.  This year the Academy is researching a diverse group of technologies that have had a significant impact on the motion picture creation process, including real-time streaming collaborative review, soft body dynamics solvers and laser-based digital cinema projectors, and reflect the changing landscape of filmmaking and the essential role of innovation in bringing stories to life,” shared Scientific and Technical Awards Committee chair Barbara Ford Grant.

The following 13 categories have been selected by The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee for review.

  • Anamorphic lenses
  • Deployable practical on-set rain effect solutions
  • Object-based surround sound systems for cinema
  • Scalable render farm management systems
  • Interactive procedural texturing software
  • Soft body dynamics solvers
  • Integrated systems for multi-user, real-time collaboration for virtual production
  • Focus-pulling measurement tools
  • Storage mechanisms for long-term film preservation
  • Wireless remote lighting control
  • Laser cinema projection systems
  • Color-accurate real-time streaming collaborative review
  • Large format digital cameras

The deadline to submit additional entries is Friday, March 18, at 5 p.m. PT. and for additional info regarding the Scientific and Technical Awards or if you are wanting to submit a similar technology, slide over to this link here. And note the date of Saturday, September 24, 2022 when The Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be held.