The 83rd Academy Awards take place on Sunday (27th February 2011). Those are for actors and crew, but Oscar fever has hit Stuff, and we've served these virtual gongs to the finest performances from the tech stage. Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the Stuff Gadget Oscars 2011...
Best Picture – Philips Cinema 21:9 3D TV (58PFL9955H)
Lucky we got an extra-wide red carpet in – Philips has fitted a screen of cinematic proportions to this fat-faced 3D monster, so you won’t have to put up with letterboxing strips to see movies as the director intended.
Best Leading Role – Limbo boy
He’s the boy with no name, the shadowy figure lurking among the misty silhouettes of Limbo (Xbox Live Arcade). And yet Stuff’s pick of the year’s game characters puts in an impressive performance in this film noir short turned console game.
Best Supporting Role – Motorola Atrix laptop dock
In order to defeat the netbook underworld, Gadget City’s smartest phone enlists the help of a special vehicle – a laptop dock that uses the Atrix’s 1GHz dual-core guts to power its screen, while feeding off a pair of life-extending batteries tucked under the keys.
Best Cinematography – 8mm Vintage Camera app
If Twitter is the Hollywood hangout of the internet, Facebook is its Chinese Theatre – a place to show off pictures and movies to your inner circle. The 8mm Vintage Camera app is the movie-tinting sequel to vintage stills apps Hipstamatic and Swankolab and is about to be the must-have for Facebook video updates.
Best Soundtrack – Arcam rCube
Squarer than Ennio Morricone’s record box, Arcam’s rCube is similarly talented when it comes to busting out a memorable tune. Memorable because it does what a Kleer wireless-equipped iPod dock ought to do better than the rest.
Best Lighting – Samsung Galaxy S II
Lighting a 4.3in screen may not seem like a feat of technical prowess, but somehow Samsung has managed to outshine its Super AMOLED screen from the original Galaxy S with a Super AMOLED Plus on the sequel. Sharper than razor-sliced lime on a shaving nick. Set eyes to stun.
Best Foreign Language App – Google Translate
Next time someone decides to make a movie of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (and there will be a next time, according to the infinite improbability drive) the ear canal-dwelling Babel fish, a biological intergalactic translator, will not seem so far-fetched. Google’s free translation app doesn’t always get it right, but it does translate spoken languages on the fly. Vogon is yet to be added.
Best Costume – Leica Look-Alike Skin for iPhone 4
Bored of being typecast by your choice of phone? Broaden your repertoire by adding this classic camera skin to its wardrobe. PetaPixel’s accessory lets ubiquitous iPhones walk incognito in public without sacrificing style.
Best Visual Effects – Casio Exilim Tryx
More bizarre than Tom Cruise’s hobby group, and as flexible as his stunt double, the Tryx quite literally wraps itself around a 12MP, 1080p-capturing sensor and comes with built-in art filters to give your films a bit of polish. Whatever it is, it’s considerably more interesting than a screening of Knight and Day.
Best Sound Editing – Moog Little Phatty Stage II
Moog synths are the stuff of legend. But rather than settling for a Lifetime Acheivement Award, the Moog boys have shown they still know the score by popping out a new synth with old-style knobs and new-style tech packaged in a curvy console. That’s the sound of music to our ears.