Kodak Celebrates the Oscars®

The science that captures the soul

Helping filmmakers tell their stories. That’s been our mission since Day One. Through constant research, development, and collaboration, we’ve made incredible strides in motion picture film, resulting in dozens of technical and scientific awards as well as nine ACADEMY AWARDS® of Merit for Technical Achievement.

Full list of our ACADEMY AWARD® Achievements

Results displayed by nominee; sort is alphabetical
Win indicated by an asterisk (*)

1930/31 (4th)

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class 1)

  • To DUPONT FILM MANUFACTURING CORP. and EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for super-sensitive panchromatic film. [certificate of merit (with names engraved on a permanent statuette kept at the Academy)]

1931/32 (5th)

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class III)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for its Type II-B Sensitometer. [Honorable mention in report of Board of Judges]

1935 (8th)

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class II)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for their development of the EASTMAN POLA-SCREEN. [certificate of honorable mention]

1937 (10th)

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class II)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for two fine-grain duplicating film stocks. [certificate of honorable mention]

1939 (12th)

SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class III)

  • To EMERY HUSE and RALPH B. ATKINSON of the Eastman Kodak Company for their specifications for chemical analysis of photographic developers and fixing baths.

1945 (18th)

SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class III)      

  • To MICHAEL S. LESHING, BENJAMIN C. ROBINSON, ARTHUR B. CHATELAIN AND ROBERT C. STEVENS OF 20th Century-Fox Studio and JOHN G. CAPSTAFF of Eastman Kodak Company for the 20th Century-Fox film processing machine.

1949 (22nd)

* SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class I)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the development and introduction of an improved safety base motion picture film. [statuette]

1952 (25th)

* SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class I)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the introduction of EASTMAN Color Negative and EASTMAN Color Print Film. [statuette]

1955 (28th)

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class II)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for EASTMAN TRI-X Panchromatic Negative Film. [plaque]

1968 (41st)

* SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class I)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the development and introduction of a color reversal intermediate film for motion pictures. [statuette]

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class II)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY and PRODUCERS SERVICE COMPANY for the development of a new high-speed step-optical reduction printer. [plaque]

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class II)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the introduction of a new high-speed motion picture color negative film. [plaque]

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class III)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for a new direct positive film and to CONSOLIDATED FILM INDUSTRIES for the application of this film to the making of postproduction work prints. [certificate of honorable mention]

1970 (43rd)         

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class III)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY and PHOTO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION for the design and engineering of an improved video color analyzer for motion picture laboratories. [academy citation]

1973 (46th)

SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class II)

  • To WILLIAM W. VALLIANT of PSC Technology Inc., HOWARD F. OTT of Eastman Kodak Company, and GERRY DIEBOLD of The Richmark Camera Service Inc. for the development of a liquid-gate system for motion-picture printers.

1977 (50th)         

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Class II)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the development and introduction of a new duplicating film for motion pictures. [plaque]

1978 (51st)

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (ACADEMY AWARD® of Merit)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the research and development of a Duplicating Color film for Motion Pictures. [statuette]

1981 (54th)         

SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Scientific and Engineering Award)

  • To EDWARD J. BLASKO and DR. RODERICK T. RYAN of the Eastman Kodak Company for the application of the PROSTAR Microfilm Processor for motion picture title and special optical effects production.

1987 (60th)

* SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Scientific and Engineering Award)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the development of EASTMAN Color High Speed Daylight Negative Film 5297/7297. [plaque]

* SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (Scientific and Engineering Award)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the development of EASTMAN Color High Speed SA Negative Film 5295 for blue-screen traveling matte photography. [plaque]

1988 (61st)

*HONORARY AWARD

  • To Eastman Kodak Company in recognition of the company’s fundamental contributions to the art of motion pictures during the first century of film history. [statuette]

1990 (63rd)

*SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL AWARD (ACADEMY AWARD® of Merit)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the development of T-GRAIN Technology and the introduction of EXR Color Negative Films, which utilize this technology. [statuette]

1994 (67th)

*SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (ACADEMY AWARD® of Merit)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the development of the EASTMAN EXR Color Intermediate Film 5244. [statuette]

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Scientific and Engineering Award)

  • To LINCOLN HU and MICHAEL MACKENZIE of Industrial Light & Magic and GLENN KENNEL and MIKE DAVIS of Eastman Kodak for their joint development work on a linear array CCD (Charge Coupled Device) film input scanning system.

1995 (68th)

  • SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Technical Achievement Award) To INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE for the concept; KODAK PATHE CTP CINE for the prototype; and ÈCLAIR LABORATORIES and MARTINEAU INDUSTRIES for the development and further implementation of the Toulouse Electroylitic Silver Recovery Cell. [certificate]

1998 (71st)

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Scientific and Engineering Award)

  • To RONALD E. UHLIG, THOMAS F. POWERS and FRED M. FUSS of the Eastman Kodak Company for the design and development of KEYKODE latent-image barcode key numbers. KEYKODE Numbers are machine-readable bar codes on camera negative films that exactly replicate the human-readable key numbers. Together with an appropriate reader and database software, they reduce errors and speed important postproduction operations, leading to significant cost savings.

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Technical Achievement Award)

  • To DR. MITCHELL J. BOGDANOWICZ of the Eastman Kodak Company, and JIM MEYER and STAN MILLER of Rosco Laboratories, Inc. for the design of the CALCOLOR Calibrated Color Effects Filters. Designed to correspond to the spectral sensitivity of color negative film stocks, these filters provide for improved color control in motion picture lighting.

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Technical Achievement Award)

  • To DR. A. TULSI RAM, RICHARD C. SEHLIN, DR. CARL F. HOLTZ and DAVID F. KOPPERL of the Eastman Kodak Company for the research and development of the concept of molecular sieves applied to improve the archival properties of processed photographic film. The use of zeolite crystals as molecular sieves to absorb moisture, acetic acid, methylene chloride and a variety of solvents created an effective deterrent to the effects of vinegar syndrome in stored film stock.

1999 (72nd)

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Technical Achievement Award)

  • To RICHARD C. SEHLIN for the concept, and DR. MITCHELL J. BOGDANOWICZ and MARY L. SCHMOEGER of the Eastman Kodak Company for the design and development of the Eastman Lamphouse Modification Filters. The ELM Filters enable a laboratory to achieve additive printer contrast and color reproduction using a subtractive lamphouse.

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Technical Achievement Award)        

  • To HOYT H. YEATMAN, JR. of Dream Quest Images and JOHN C. BREWER of the Eastman Kodak Company for the identification and diagnosis leading to the elimination of the “red fringe” artifact in traveling matte composite photography. The elimination of the red fringe artifact in traveling matte composite photography obviates expensive additional computerized image processing, thus reducing the time involved in producing a seamless and convincing composite shot.

2001 (74th)

  • To STEVEN GERLACH, GREGORY FARRELL and CHRISTIAN LURIN for the design, engineering and implementation of the KODAK Panchromatic Sound Recording Film. Allowing all four soundtrack systems to be exposed on a single negative with relative ease, this stock has allowed single inventory prints, facilitating the more economic distribution of motion pictures. [Sound]

2002 (75th)

  • To DR. LESLIE GUTIERREZ, DIANE E. KESTNER, JAMES MERRILL and DAVID NIKLEWICZ for the design and development of the KODAK VISION Premier Color Print Film 2393. This film stock provides filmmakers with enhanced color saturation, higher contrast and darker blacks, producing a bold, colorful "look" on the theater screen. [Film]

2003 (76th)

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (Scientific and Engineering Award)

  • To KENNETH L. TINGLER, CHARLES C. ANDERSON, DIANE E. KESTNER and BRIAN A. SCHELL of the Eastman Kodak Company for the successful development of a process-surviving antistatic layer technology for motion picture film. This technology successfully controls the static charge buildup on processed intermediate and sound negative films during high-speed printing operations.

2007

*SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AWARD (ACADEMY AWARD® of Merit)

  • To EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY for the development of photographic emulsion technologies incorporated into KODAK VISION2 Color Negative Films [statuette]
 

A Better Life

A Better Life

CARLOS LINARES and DEMIÁN BICHIR star in A BETTER LIFE. Photo: Merrick Morton ©2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Producers: Tony Thomas, Paul Junger Witt, Jami Gertz, Stacey Lubliner, Christian McLaughlin, Chris Weitz
Director: Chris Weitz
Cinematographer: Javier Aguirresarobe, AEC

Palette

KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219, KODAK VISION3 250D Color Negative Film 5207

2012 Awards Season Highlights

Oscar® Nomination: Best Actor
Independent Spirit Award Nomination: Best Male Lead
ALMA Award Win: Favorite Movie
National Board of Review Award: Top Ten Independent Film