I'd like to thank the Academy


One of the better moments of Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast involved Jessica Biel waxing ecstatic about software.

The actress was congratulating Ed Catmull, who wrote the computer graphics software that's become the industry standard for Hollywood. Biel also gave a shout out to Jerry Lewis, who holds the patent on a key piece of movie-making technology.

I really do not enjoy Jerry Lewis, but that was interesting.

Without technology, Hollywood wouldn't exist. It's hard to imagine how revolutionary moving pictures were when then came on the scene, or sound, or special effects.

Hollywood has not always returned the favor.


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