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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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It goes without saying that the award that most consistently captivates geeks year after year is the one handed out for Best Special Effects. This year's nominees feature an impossibly delicious trio of contenders. "Gravity" may have played fast and loose with science, but it's the favorite for providing filmgoers with an incredibly visceral 90 minutes of virtual space walking. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" delivered the kind of scale and wondrous creativity that fans of Peter Jackson's J.R. Tolkien interpretations gobble up, and has a real shot at the prize. But geeks-at-heart may have a tough time watching the crew of their beloved Enterprise come up short, as "Star Trek: Into Darkness" heads onto Oscar night a heavy underdog (cast pictured above with director J.J. Abrams, second from right).

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