Gordon E. Sawyer Award

Gordon E. Sawyer Award

The Gordon E. Sawyer Award honors an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.

Gordon E. Sawyer was a three-time Oscar winner and former Head of the Sound Department at Samuel Goldwyn Studios. Sawyer, who served as a member of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee from 1936 to 1977, claimed that the lists of past awards, arranged both chronologically and by category, represented a history of the development of motion pictures. After his death, an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) was established in his name to recognize “an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.”

The first honoree was named in 1981; a total of 22 individuals have received the award to date. Recommendations for this award have customarily been made through the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.

Gordon E. Sawyer Award Recipients

2013 (86th) – Peter Andersen, ASC

2011 (84th) – Douglas Trumbull

2008 (81st) – Ed Catmull

2007 (80th) – David A. Grafton

2006 (79th) – Ray Feeney

2005 (78th) – Gary Demos

2004 (77th) – Takuo Miyagishima

2003 (76th) – Peter D. Parks

2001 (74th) – Edmund M. Di Giulio

2000 (73rd) – Irwin W. Young

1999 (72nd) – Dr. Roderick T. Ryan

1997 (70th) – Don Iwerks

1995 (68th) – Donald C. Rogers

1993 (66th) – Petro Vlahos

1992 (65th) – Erich Kaestner

1991 (64th) – Ray Harryhausen

1990 (63rd) – Stefan Kudelski

1989 (62nd) – Pierre Angenieux

1988 (61st) – Gordon Henry Cook

1987 (60th) – Fred Hynes

1984 (57th) – Linwood G. Dunn

1983 (56th) – Dr. John G. Frayne

1982 (55th) – John O. Aalberg

1981 (54th) – Joseph B. Walker

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