"ALIAS" STAR JENNIFER GARNER TO HOST ACADEMY'S SCI-TECH AWARDS


Jennifer Garner, star of the hit ABC drama, "Alias," will present the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 14, at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

Two Oscar(r) statuettes will be among the 11 awards presented at the gala black tie dinner. Digidesign, a leading manufacturer of computer-based digital audio production systems, will receive an Oscar for the creation and development of the Pro Tools(r) digital audio workstation. And Bill Tondreau of Kuper Controls will receive an Oscar for his significant advancements with robotic camera systems, which resulted in motion control becoming an integral part of the field of visual effects.

The Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar statuette, will also be presented during the ceremony. The Sawyer Award will be given to Peter D. Parks for his lifetime of technological contributions to the industry.

Portions of the Oscar presentations will be taped for inclusion in the February 29 Academy Awards(r) broadcast.

Garner, who stars in the upcoming romantic comedy, "13 Going on 30," made her film debut in the 1997 drama "Washington Square." Her other film credits include "Pearl Harbor," "Catch Me If You Can," "Dude, Where's My Car" and "Daredevil."

Garner will appear live on the Oscar telecast to introduce the Sci-Tech segment. This will mark her second appearance as a presenter at the Academy Awards.

Scientific and Technical Awards are presented by the Academy for devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts and sciences of motion pictures.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2003 will be presented on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 29, beginning with a half-hour arrival segment, at 8:00 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland(r).