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Hollywood visual effects whiz Douglas Trumbull receives honorary technical Oscar
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) ' The first Oscars of the year have been presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., the motion picture academy's annual celebration of the geeks and gizmos that make move magic.
Oscar winners at the Saturday night gala included Douglas Trumbull, the visual-effects master behind such pioneering works as "2001: A Space Odyssey," ''Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Blade Runner."
Trumbull, 69, was honored for his long career of technological contributions to filmmaking. But he emphasized to the black-tie industry audience that his work continues.
"I am trying to figure out a way to make a movie that you are in, rather than looking at," he said.