By Lucas Shaw
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana will host the Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards Saturday, February 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, presenting nine awards to 25 different recipients.
The awards, first presented in 1931, honor achievements that improve the production, distribution and exhibition of movies. Past winners include IMAX and Avid.
The Academy held the first dinner for the awards in 1977 and it was hosted by Kirk Douglas and Gregory Peck.
Pine and Saldana both have several credits in movies with serious technical chops. Pine starred in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" and will appear in this year's sequel, "Into Darkness." Saldana, a "Star Trek" co-star, also starred in James Cameron's "Avatar," which helped spur the recent explosion in 3D films.
"We are thrilled to have Chris and Zoe host the Sci-Tech Awards," Academy President Hawk Koch said in a statement. "Their film experience with the kind of technical advancements these awards honor makes them the perfect pair for the job."
David Friendly is producing the presentation, parts of which will be included in the Oscar telecast February 24.