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The Oscar Winners You May Not Hear About

Kelsey Pommer, Sr. Coordinator, Digital Media Marketing, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™

There is something special about Oscars season – the fashion, the red carpet, the speculation and the speeches. For an avid awards show enthusiast like me, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

As I was browsing through this year’s nominees to make my picks for the big show, I noticed the categories that don’t get talked as much. While the most buzzed about Academy Award categories are usually centered around the actors, the directing and the movie as a whole, a motion picture isn’t all about the art. It’s about the sound, the picture quality, the special effects – aspects of a film that are only made possible through technology.

When you think about all of the elements that go into a motion picture production, it’s clear that the Best Picture nominees, or any movie, would not be the masterful works of art that they are without the technology behind them.

Here are the categories that tech geeks and enthusiasts should look out for this weekend:

Nominees: The Grandmaster, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Prisoners

Animated Feature Film
Nominees: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, Frozen, The Wind Rises

Short Film (Animated)
Nominees: Feral, Get a Horse!, Mr. Hublot, Posessions, Room on the Broom

Film Editing
Nominees: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave

Sound Editing
Nominees: All Is Lost, Captain Phillips, Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Lone Survivor

Sound Mixing
Nominees: Captain Phillips, Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor

Visual Effects
Nominees: Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness

Iron Man 3 is Nominated for Visual Effects

The Academy of Arts and Sciences also awards innovators whose discoveries and products benefit the motion picture industry. The Scientific & Technical Awards, held two weeks prior to the Academy Awards, honored those who brought innovation to motion pictures in 2013.

Technical Achievement Awards were given out for special effects technology that simulates fire and smoke, character animation technology and more. A full list of winners and awards, as well as video from the awards ceremony can be found at

Let us know your Oscar picks for this year in the comments below!