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Posted 12 January 2008 - 06:43 PM

Eastman Kodak Company?s commitment to innovation
will once again be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences. The company will receive an Oscar® statuette for the development of
photographic emulsion technologies incorporated into the KODAK VISION2 family
of color negative films. Kodak Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Antonio
Perez will accept the award on behalf of Kodak scientists at the Scientific
and Technical Academy Awards on February 9 in Los Angeles, a portion of which
will be broadcast during the Annual Academy Awards® telecast on February 24.

This is the ninth Oscar that Kodak has earned for scientific and technical
excellence, and service to the motion picture industry. Kodak?s relationship
with the Academy Awards goes back to the first Oscar presentations in 1929.
For the past 79 years all the Best Picture winners have been produced on Kodak
motion picture film.

This year?s award recognizes the company?s VISION2 film platform, first
introduced in 2002 for its ?proven record of contributing significant value
to the process of making motion pictures.? The VISION2 platform consists of
seven camera origination films, which incorporate novel technologies and 12
U.S. patents to date, enhancing the capability of silver-halide-based image
capture. The advancements contribute to the speed and image structure
improvements found in these films, resulting in smoother, cleaner images
across a wide range of lighting conditions.

?We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the artists in our
industry,? said Mary Jane Hellyar, president of Kodak?s Film, Photofinishing
and Entertainment Group. ?This tremendous recognition from the Academy is a
testament to our people, their capability, drive and vision, and is also a
great example of Kodak?s continuing commitment to the film business and our
customers.?

According to Gary Einhaus, chief technical officer and vice president,
Entertainment Imaging, ?The VISION2 film platform and our recently-launched
VISION3, which built upon many of the VISION2 innovations, are the benchmarks
in the motion picture industry for image capture efficiency. The improvements
in the image quality of the high-speed VISION2 500T product were so dramatic
that it has been the predominant choice of cinematographers. It became Kodak?s
largest volume color negative motion picture product within 12 months of
introduction.?

Numerous Academy Award-nominated films for Best Cinematography have also
used KODAK VISION2 film, including PAN?S LABYRINTH; THE BLACK DAHLIA; CHILDREN
OF MEN; THE PRESTIGE; MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA; BATMAN BEGINS; BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN;
and GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, among others.
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