Alias|Wavefront has been awarded an Oscar for scientific and technical achievement in its development of 3D-animation and -effects solution Maya.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences judges note Maya's use in such recent box-office smash movies as The Lord of The Rings, Spiderman, Ice Age, and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

The judges also remark that Maya has been used in almost every movie nominated in the "Best Visual Effects" category for the past five years.

Kevin Tureski Alias, Wavefront's general manager of Maya Engineering, said: "To have our innovation recognized with an Oscar is truly an incredible honour, and we are definitely looking forward to meeting continued challenges ahead."

In related news, Alias|Wavefront has confirmed that some problems exist running Maya on Mac OS X 10.2.3 systems, though this is confined to certain systems running certain graphics cards. Uncorroborated online reports claim that Power Macs running NVidia's GeForce 3 and 4Ti cards are affected.

The company is working with Apple to address this problem.