CANADIAN SCI-TECH OSCAR WINNERS ON THE SCIENCE BEHIND BLOCKBUSTER FILMS

Martin Scorsese has nothing on Toronto-based graphics researcher Jos Stam. Where The Departed director has one Oscar, Stam is about to receive his third on Saturday

Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute grad, Derek Bradley, to win the Academy's Scientific and Technical Award on Feb. 9 in Los Angeles, California. (DEREK BRADLEY)

Martin Scorsese has nothing on Toronto-based graphics researcher Jos Stam.

Where The Departed director has one Oscar, Stam is about to receive his third on Saturday, for work on an operating system for 3D graphics and special effects that’s been used on major blockbusters including the Lord of the Rings films.

He’s one of two Canadians getting an award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at what’s considered the Oscars for the scientific and technical worlds.

The other is Derek Bradley, a research scientist from Smiths Falls, Ont., who is being honoured for a technology that can reconstruct the 3D shape of actors’ faces in full motion and at a high resolution.

“It’s the (show) for what they call the geeks,” Stam said with a laugh in a recent phone interview.

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