Bausch + Lomb and the Academy Awards®

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At the core of Bausch +Lomb Inc. is a 168-year legacy of helping people see better to live better, by providing innovative products to help protect the gift of sight for people all over the world. A legacy that at one time, extended beyond eye-health into the optical-glass, automobile, science, astronautic, photography and film industries. Many people are surprised to learn of the vast number of innovations and accolades bestowed to Bausch + Lomb, including an Honorary Award, an Oscar® statuette, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The history of Bausch + Lomb and film lenses pre-dates the 19th Century, starting with photographic film lenses and expanding into motion picture lenses as cinematography developed. In the 1920’s the Bausch + Lomb Super Cinephor® projection lens grew to an industry leading lens and by 1950, Bausch + Lomb was an established name amongst the motion picture industry. But as the motion picture industry struggled with competition from television and other leisure activities, movie production companies sought out the next breakthrough innovation.  

Bausch + Lomb helped revolutionize the theatre experience in 1953, introducing the CinemaScope™ lens, in partnership with Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. This new anamorphic lens expanded the projection screen to almost twice as wide as the previously common format. The subsequent conversion of movie theatres around the U.S. – and around the world – to accommodate wide-screen motion pictures kept Bausch + Lomb busy supplying CinemaScope lenses for several years.

In 1954, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed Bausch + Lomb with an Honorary Award, an Oscar® statuette, for their contributions to the advancement of the motion picture industry. “This award is generally reserved for achievements that have changed the course of filmmaking since their introduction." 1

"Each January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation build to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in filmmaking. This year’s Nominations Announcement took place on Monday, March 15, 2021." 2

The 93rd Oscars® aired live on ABC on Sunday, April 25, 2021.
For further information  on the Oscars® and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences please visit: www.oscars.org

For further information on Bausch + Lomb please visit: www.bausch.com

 

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© 2021. Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.


1. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2021. Access Date:4/20/2021. www.oscars.org
2. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2021. Access Date: 4/20/2021. www.oscars.org

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