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Skokie Native Wins Academy Award

Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2012. Winners were announced recently by the Academy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that nine scientific and technical achievements represented by 25 individual award recipients were honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Feb. 9 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2012. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures, according to a press release by the Academy.

Among the winners is Skokie native and Niles North graduate Jeremy Selan for the creation of the Katana computer graphics scene management and lighting software at Sony Pictures Imageworks, the press release stated.

Katana was used in movies such as “Surf’s Up,” according to the Norridge Harwood Heights News.

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