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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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Speaking of animation, the animated shorts category offers its usual juicy assortment of innovative cartoons, but an imaginative marriage of throwback animation and modern technical wizardry deserves the rooting support of techies everywhere. Disney did its name proud with "Get a Horse," the Mickey Mouse short that appeared before screenings of the much less interesting "Frozen." This spirited reimagining of the classic Disney cartoons of yesteryear has Mickey doing battle with arch-nemesis Black Pete on both sides of a screen-within-the-screen -- one in old-fashioned black-and-white, and the other in full-color 3D computer animation.

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