The 2010 Academy Awards® ceremony took place last week in Kodak Theatre celebrating the greatest cinematic achievements of 2009. In addition to the gowns and the glamour, the Oscars® are the culmination of the industry’s awards season -- a time for us to really sit back and appreciate these incredible stories that have been brought to life by some of the world’s most talented and creative people. It’s an honor for Kodak to be a part of that creative process.
So, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on some of this year’s winners and to send out my personal congratulations for their outstanding accomplishments:
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC: Roger received a Best Cinematography Spirit Award this year for his work on A Serious Man. Roger is a tremendous artist and technician, who has won numerous awards and nominations for his work on such films as No Country for Old Men, The Shawshank Redemption, The Reader, and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou – among many, many others. He’s been a great Kodak customer over the years, and I congratulate him on this most recent recognition.
Caleb Daschanel, ASC was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographer’s Awards. Caleb’s two daughters, Zooey and Emily presented their father with this honor, and it was in a very touching speech that they described their father’s passion and dedication to his art. His body of work includes such memorable films as The Black Stallion, Being There, The Right Stuff, The Natural and The Passion of the Christ. Like Roger, Caleb has won many prestigious awards over his career – and been nominated numerous times for Oscars®, BAFTAs and film festival awards around the world. Congratulations, Caleb, on this well-deserved recognition of your craft.
Christian Berger, AAC received the ASC Award for Best Cinematography in the Theatrical Release category. His film, The White Ribbon also won the Golden Palm at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for two Oscars this year – including one for Best Cinematography. Christian’s other film credits include Benny’s Video, The Piano Teacher and Caché. The White Ribbon was shot on Kodak color negative film, and used DI to transform the images to black-and-white in support of its period feel – as well as showing the creative flexibility of film in today’s sophisticated workflow. My thanks to Christian for his loyalty to Kodak and for his great work on this film!
At this year’s Oscars, The Hurt Locker took home six statuettes. This marks the first time in history that a 16mm production has won a Best Picture Oscar, which is a great testament to that format. Hurt Locker, which also received six British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, highlights the fact that independent features still have a very viable, affordable choice for image capture in 16mm color negative film – and what a difference that choice can make! Congratulations to Kathryn Bigelow and her crew for their amazing achievements.
These are only a small number of the filmmakers that were honored over the last several weeks. On behalf of Kodak, I am very proud to pay tribute to all of the artistry and creative passions of the motion picture industry -- and the amazing compilation of work that through the years has kept us laughing, crying and cheering for the underdog. I congratulate all of this year’s winners and nominees for their extraordinary accomplishments.