The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced 10 winners of Scientific and Technical Academy Awards that will be presented at a ceremony in Beverly Hills on February 9.

Unlike other Academy Awards, achievements receiving scientific and technical awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2007, however they need to demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the film-making process.

The Technical Achievement Award (Academy Certificate) goes to: Christien Tinsley for the creation of transfer techniques for creating and applying 2D and 3D makeup known as Tinsley Transfers; Jorg Pohler and Rudiger Kleinke of OTTEC Technology for the design and development of the battery-operated series of fog machines known as Tiny Foggers; Sebastian Cramer for the design of the Skater Dolly and its family of products; Victor Gonzalez, Ignacio Vargas and Angel Tena for the creation of the RealFlow software application; Jonathan Cohen, Dr Jerry Tessendorf, Dr Jeroen Molemaker and Michael Kowalski for the development of the system of fluid dynamics tools at Rhythm & Hues; Duncan Brinsmead, Jos Stam, Julia Pakalns and Martin Werner for the design and implementation of the Maya Fluid Effects system; and Stephan Trojansky, Thomas Ganshorn and Oliver Pilarski for the development of the Flowline fluid effects system.

The Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque) goes to: Dr Doug Roble, Nafees Bin Zafar and Ryo Sakaguchi for the development of the fluid simulation system at Digital Domain; and Nick Rasmussen, Ron Fedkiw and Frank Losasso Petterson for the development of the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) fluid simulation system.

The Academy Award of Merit (Oscar statuette) goes to: The Eastman Kodak Company for the development of photographic emulsion technologies incorporated into the Kodak Vision2 family of color negative films.

In addition, three Scientific and Technical Special Award recipients will be honoured: David A Grafton with the Gordon E Sawyer Award, David S Inglish with the John A Bonner Award and Jonathan Erland with the Award of Commendation.

The Award of Commendation (Special Plaque) goes to Jonathan Erland in recognition of his leadership and efforts toward identifying and solving the problem of High-Speed Emulsion Stress Syndrome in motion picture film stock.

The John A Bonner Medal of Commendation (Medallion) is awarded to David S Inglish, for his outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Gordon E Sawyer Award (Oscar Statuette) goes to David A Grafton, whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.

Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation will be included in the Oscar ceremony on February 24.