Oscars Snub Science, Again

Allison Loudermilk

Sorry, no Jessica Biel pics here. That's Ed Catmuller, the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and 2009 recipient of the academy's sci-tech awards. (AP Photo/Gues Ruelas)

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Ed Catmull


That was it. There's no time in primetime for the geekier side of filmmaking. And there hasn't been since 1975. As usual, the academy shunted the scientific and technical awards ceremony to its own separate event and venue, ever-fearful that the nerds would dilute the red-carpet glam of their annual celebratory pat on the back. Heck, they weren't even held within a week of one another.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't we bemoaned the state of U.S. science education for decades? Might this be a golden opportunity to highlight some of the "cool" scientific careers that students can pursue if they can't manage to land a part in their high-school musical? Anyone have any good suggestions for getting the academy to give the technical folks back their primetime due?

Here's a video link to a quick recap of the awards and a link to this year's official winners, in case you're curious. I also added a link to Mythbuster Adam Savage talking about three ways to fix U.S. science education here in Popular Mechanics.

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