Originally created 01/22/06

Computer imaging expert getting honorary Oscar



BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Computer-generated imaging expert Gary Demos will receive a Gordon E. Sawyer honorary Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.

Demos, who produced computer-generated scenes for the sci-fi classic "Tron" and in 1988 founded computer and visual effects consulting company DemoGraFX, since sold to Dolby, is the 19th recipient of the Sawyer award.

The honor is presented to an individual "whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry."

"He's been involved in many different scientific disciplines throughout his extended career and has always been looking to the future," Academy President Sid Ganis said in a statement.

Demos' Oscar will be presented at the academy's Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner on Feb. 18, with parts of the ceremony to be included during the live 78th Academy Awards telecast on March 5.