SMPTE Receives Third AMPAS Award

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Mon, 02/15/2016 - 10:55 -- Nick Dager

Robert Seidel, SMPTE president, right, and Barbara Lange, the Society's executive director, accepted the award.The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has received a Special Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. AMPAS presented the Special Award plaque to SMPTE at the Academy's annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation, which took place Februrary 13 in Beverly Hills, California.

The award citation reads, "For one hundred years, the Society's members have nurtured technology, provided essential standards, and offered the expertise, support, tools and infrastructure for the creation and post-production of motion pictures."

Robert Seidel, SMPTE president and Barbara Lange, the Society's executive director, accepted the award.

Here is Lange's acceptance speech:

On behalf of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, I thank the Academy for this prestigious recognition. 

One hundred years ago, this organization was founded to support the motion picture industry, helping bring order to the technical chaos of the day. As our founder, C. Francis Jenkins, said in 1916, 'Engineers secure the best standards for equipment, quality, performance, and nomenclature, an entirely practical and attainable ideal.

From determining the size and position of perforations in film to today's work in areas such as high dynamic range in digital cinema, SMPTE's work enables the motion picture industry to thrive the world over. 

I am proud and honored to be accepting this award on behalf of SMPTE's 7,000 talented members and volunteers. It is the collective invention, enthusiasm, and dedication of all these individuals, past, present, and future, that help make technical innovation possible. Here's to the next century.

This is SMPTE's third award from the Academy, fittingly bestowed in the Society's centennial year. The first was an Oscar statuette presented by Bette Davis to the Society's president, Barton Kreuzer, in 1957 in recognition of SMPTE's first 40 years of "contributions to the advancement of the motion picture industry." In 1989, SMPTE received an Award of Commendation (a plaque) for the contributions of the members of SMPTE engineering committees. The citation reads, "By establishing standards, they have greatly contributed to making film a primary form of international communication."

This year's AMPAS Scientific and Technical Award event was hosted at the Beverly Wilshire by actors Olivia Munn and Jason Segel. Munn and Segel presented SMPTE with its special award, with Segel remarking, "SMPTE marvelous."

The Society received a standing ovation. Video of SMPTE's award presentation is now available at Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be included in ABC's Oscar telecast on February 28 live from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Further information about SMPTE is available at