Director Christopher Nolan accepts an Academy Award of Merit dedicated to “all those who built and operated film laboratories, for over a century of service to the motion picture industry.” From the Academy’s Scientific & Technical Awards held on February 15, 2014 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Nolan: There are alchemists who, for over 100 years in various windowless rooms, basements, what have you, all across the world, have practiced a very special form of alchemy – that is, turning silver and plastic into dreams. And not just any kind of dreams, but the kind of dream that you can unspool from a reel and hold in your hand, hold up to the light, and see frozen, magically. And these dreams can be run through a projector, thrown onto the screen where they will spark the imagination and emotion of audiences, as they have all across the world for so long for so many generations of filmmakers.
So I’m very pleased to be here speaking on behalf of this award to the men and women who have practiced this very special dark art. The Academy’s Board of Governors and the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee have chosen to recognize all of the men and women, all of the companies involved in laboratory work and in the processing of film: the technology that lies at the heart of filmmaking and still represents the gold standard of imaging technology.
This award will be on display in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater until the Academy’s new museum is completed, where it will be on display as a permanent reminder to future generations of the fine work of all of these men and women. This award is in recognition of the first 100 years of this fine work; I personally am very excited for the next 100 years of this work, and I’m very pleased to be announcing this special award. Thank you very much.
Videos from the entire Sci-Tech Awards and speeches are here.