By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood January 11, 2012 at 4:26PM
The Academy will award Douglas Trumbull, the visionary behind some of the most significant visual effects innovations in recent film history, its Gorden E. Sawyer Award.
A director and inventor as well as a designer, Trumbull contributed to the groundbreaking visual effects work for "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Blade Runner" and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." He was nominated for three Oscars, and won a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1993 for his concept work on a 65mm motion picture camera.
Trumbull has over a dozen patents in his name, and developed or improved upon many of the filmmaking techniques that are standard in today's industry, among them miniature compositing, high frame rate photography and motion control photography.
The Gordon E. Sawyer Award is presented to an individual for his or her contributions to the technology of the industry. Trumbull will receive his award at the Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony on February 11 at the Beverly Wilshire. Portions of that event will be included in the main Oscar ceremony.