President and General Manager
Entertainment and Commercial Films Group
Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company
The motion picture industry’s awards season is in full swing. Many of the winners have already been named, with all roads leading to Oscar® night. I must admit, this is one of my favorite times of the year because it allows us to recognize the many talented filmmakers who have created extraordinary stories and images. In fact, for the 25th year, Kodak will be hosting its pre-Oscar dinner recognizing current and past Academy Award nominees and honorees for cinematography.
This year, films originated on Kodak earned 60 Oscar® nominations (view our Kodak Oscar® Gallery). Seven of the nine Best Picture nominees were shot on Kodak, and 23 of the 36 narrative, live-action feature nominees originated on film.
The results are also in for independent films originating on Kodak. The Independent Spirit Awards gave over 30 nominations to indies produced on Kodak film, including The Artist, The Descendents, Take Shelter, Footnote, Win Win, Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Pariah, My Week with Marilyn, A Better Life and Midnight in Paris.
The Guilds and artists organizations have also made their selections for the best of 2011. The PGA (The Artist), SAG (The Help), DGA (The Artist) and ASC (The Tree of Life) all gave their top awards to films produced on Kodak stock, as did the Golden Globes (The Artists, The Descendents) and BAFTA (The Artist). There is no higher honor than to be recognized by one's peers. We are honored to support these filmmakers, and we congratulate them on their awards.
At Kodak, we feel the thousands of filmmakers who continue to choose film as a storytelling partner are winners too. We feel privileged to provide the creative and technical community with the tools to tell remarkable tales that entertain and inspire audiences worldwide.
We continue to supply filmmakers with the products and support they have come to depend upon from Kodak, and intend to emerge from our reorganization even stronger. We are still making billions of feet of film, and many of those reels will be used on films contending for the 2013 Academy Awards®.
Congratulations to all the nominees this awards season!