‘Star Trek’ stars to host Oscars’ Sci-Tech awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards will be co-hosted by two actors quite suited to the task: Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana, respectively Kirk and Uhuru in the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness." The ceremony, separate from the main Oscar one, will be held on February 9th in Los Angeles, with Pine and Saldana presenting nine awards to 25 recipients.

Academy President Hawk Koch said "We are thrilled to have Chris and Zoe host the Sci-Tech awards," adding, "Their film experience with the kind of technical advancements these awards honor make them the perfect pair for the job." Not to mention the thrill a group of science and technology types must feel to have "Star Trek" come to them.

The main award Pine and Saldana will be presenting, the John A. Bonner medal for "outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," is being given this year to visual effects supervisor and cinematographer Bill Taylor.

Taylor literally wrote the book on blue- and green-screen compositing, co-authoring chapters on the subject in "American Cinematographer Manual" and "The VES Handbook of Visual Effects" with Petro Vlahos. Taylor's visual effects work can be seen in films as wide-ranging as "Lawless," "Public Enemies," "Milk," and "Bruce Almighty."

Portions of the ceremony, as every year, will be included in the Oscar telecast on February 24th.