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A Geek's Guide To The 2014 Oscars

IT types have always liked certain types of movies: Fantasies, space films, and any flicks that prominently feature technology are always high on the to-see list. The upcoming Academy Awards offer techies no shortage of opportunities to root for the kinds of films they love, as well as the technologies that make them possible. With that in mind, we've gone through the Oscar lineup to identify what are likely to be some of the most geek-friendly moments of this year's awards ceremony.
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There are few things techie movie-goers like better than good old car chases, and few innovations have contributed more to the art of filling those chases with spectacular crashes than the Pneumatic Car Flipper -- hence, the Academy's decision to recognize the contraption's creators with a Technical Achievement Award. The team, led by special effects guru John Frazier of Transformers fame, revolutionized the art of destroying police cars (seemingly their favorite subject) when they invented this high-pressure device that launches full-sized vehicles on a pre-determined trajectory.

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